Soup season is upon us! ......Even though it's still pretty warm here in NC, I'm rolling with it. I'm a big fan of this soup - very hearty, warming, and easily protein-rich if you just throw some shredded chicken in there. Better yet, whip this up in your pressure cooker for a no-nonsense, nutrient-rich meal. If you don't have an instant pot, just cook it all up in a big pot and let it simmer for about 45 minutes before blending.
Planting 5 basil plants may have been a little aggressive. After Landon and I decided to up our "adulthood" this summer, we spent what felt like 7 hours on a Sunday at a gardening center to try our hand in the domestic sport. Neither of us know jack about gardening, but it seems to be working in our favor so far, because our herbs are freakin' prolific. At some point during our haj to the gardening mecca of Lowe's, we convinced ourselves that we needed a shit ton of basil. I'm a fan of pesto, putting it in green smoothies, sprinkling it over Italian dishes, etc...so 5 sounded like the right number.
Ya heard it here - sesame oil is A-OK to use outside of Asian cuisine. It's actually my personal favorite oil to marinate meats with...like this flat iron steak! My twin sister threw this particular marinade together when we were visiting our Dad last weekend and I had to write down what she did because it was truly majestic.
You know that light, lemony, delicious pasta salad that you're likely to find at a friendly barbecue or summer get together? Orzo, pine nuts, finely chopped veggies and other delicious nuggets are typically in attendance and you're likely to get seconds. Ok - well my girlfriend's boyfriend is like a master chef. No seriously...he lights that shi* up in the kitchen. He's pretty awesome...and his last name sounds like "butts"...which is hilarious to my immature, twenty-four-year-old self and makes him that much cooler. He brought this wicked little dish to our cozy Super Bowl watch party and I immediately sought to recreate it, post it and give him full credit. I literally had nothing to do with this - it was just too brilliant a use of cauliflower rice NOT to share.
I know it's summer but I don't give a flying donut. I like soup no matter what time of year it is. My mom didn't used to call me "soup queen" for nothin'! This soup is SO creamy, most people think it's dairy-based. Joke is on you, clowns! A bowl of this liquid crack is loaded with nutrients and natural ingredients sans dairy, gluten, soy or any other garbage.
No need to whip out the Chinese takeout menu with this little number. Holy PALEO this recipe is ridiculous...ly easy. Seriously - as I shoveled ladle-sized spoonfuls of this glory into my mouth, it became exceedingly difficult for me to believe that this stuff was clean. Even though I literally just made it and saw all the ingredients that went into it. It just tastes like grimy Chinese takeout heaven, but within the gnarly indigestion that oftentimes follows an MSG-assaulted/deep fried chinese takeout dish.
If you are looking for a paleo-friendly pizza crust that actually mimics "real" pizza crust, this is not your recipe. If you are looking for a paleo-friendly pizza crust that has great flavor, is nutrient-dense and serves as a solid vehicle for your beloved pizza toppings, then this IS your dish. If you're seeking the former, use the pizza crust from this recipe - it's an actual dough as opposed to a veggie-based crust.