Mexican Chicken Soup

I didn’t snap a picture of this yummyness when I made it. I’ll try to get a shot next time I make it and post it here.

This soup is a real winner! Proof that one can eat good even when on such a ridiculous allergy-free diet as mine! I apologize for my rather unspecific recipe instructions. Here’s an earnest and hopeful attempt at a written recipe:

Half chicken breast, cut into small pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 yellow squash (or zucchini) chopped
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups frozen peas
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cups cooked navy or pinto beans (already cooked)
1 to 1-1/2 cups finely chopped kale or spinach
2 cups diced tomatos
chicken broth (if you have any good stuff- mine was leftover from previous chicken drippings)
coconut oil
oregano
basil
cumin
cilantro
sage
pepper
salt

Saute onions and celery in coconut oil.
Add water and squash, corn, peas, and red pepper. After that comes to a boil, simmer until it seems pretty well cooked.
Add beans, kale, tomatoes, chicken, chicken broth, and everything else left on the ingredients list. Go heavy on spices (but not the sage or pepper), I like flavor.
Add more water if neccessary.

I’m sure it would taste great substituting the chicken with ground beef or lamb. I might try that next time. I’m not a big fan of cutting up chicken.
My husband added some lime juice to his bowl and it tasted pretty good. I’m sure a dash of lemon would taste excellent as well.

Corn chips and guacamole would be a nice side dish.

Millet Quinoa Oatmeal

This can be a true gluten-free recipe if you specifically buy gluten-free oats. While oats themselves do not contain gluten, they are usually processed in places that process gluten grains and may carry trace amounts of gluten. Though am I allergic to most gluten-grains, oats are not on my allergy list and so I’m not picky about getting gluten-free grains.

This is a simple mix of oatmeal, millet, and quinoa. The millet and quinoa give a nice texture and also add some protein. This type of meal is usually called a hot cereal, but I make a big batch and put leftovers in the fridge, and then eat it cold whenever I want a quick snack.

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1/2 cup millet
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup honey
1/2 TBSP cinnamon
1-1/2 cups blueberries
salt
unsweetened coconut milk

Bring water and millet to a boil. Just before boiling, add quinoa. Once boiling, cover and lower heart and simmer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, add oats and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
If it gets to dry, add some more water or unsweetened coconut milk.
When done, add honey, cinnamon, blueberries, salt to taste, and mix evenly.
Serve with unsweetened coconut milk.