Monthly Archives: March 2012

White Bean and Sausage Soup

It has been beautiful here the past couple of days, but the nights are still chilly. I was worried it might be too warm outside to make this soup, but it turned out to be the perfect weather and this soup went beautifully with a green salad and and the yummy baguette I picked up from the bakery.

15 oz white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
32 oz chicken broth
15 oz cans Italian style diced tomatoes
1 lb Italian sausage
2 oz fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan, to taste

Cook Italian sausage in a large pot. When cooked through, add all other ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

What did the family think? Hubby and I thought this was great. Our kids are not soup people unless it’s miso, so I knew they wouldn’t like this.

Where did this recipe come from? The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Filed under Definitely Making it Again, Easy, Italian, Stew/Soup, Super Easy to Make

Almond Coconut Granola

The awesome thing about granola is that even if you don’t have everything the recipe calls for, it’s probably okay. Don’t have any raisins? Leave them our or add some other dried fruit. Don’t have any almonds? No worries. Try some pecans. Just ran out of nutmeg? Leave it out and add a little extra cinnamon. It may not come out tasting the same, but it will still probably be very good and a very good start to your day.

4 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds
2 T flax seeds
1 cup shredded coconut
3 T brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup good honey
1/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, flax seeds, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Whisk the oil, honey, and apple juice in measuring cup.

Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Spread onto a large sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even golden brown, around 20 minutes, depending on oven.

Remove granola from the oven and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally. Add raisins. Store cooled granola in an airtight container.

What did the family think? I am the granola eater in our family. My hubby does a version of granola that he likes, but this one isn’t it.

Did I change anything? The original recipe called for hazelnuts, but I didn’t have any so I just added for almonds.

Where did this recipe come from? Originally it came from Barefoot Contessa. My version was adapted from Kiss My Spatula.

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Filed under Breakfast, Definitely Making it Again, Easy, Super Easy to Make, Vegetarian