Kale, Bean & Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

A couple of weeks ago I was driving home from work, listening to the radio, minding my own business and the weather and news comes on…”Tonight the temperatures will drop to -44C!” I almost drove off the road! So immediately I think…”I’m making soup tonight!”

So I get home and start looking to see what I have in my cupboard. In all honesty its been a pretty cold winter and both my hubs and I are both getting over a cold, so soup for dinner has become a very popular choice for us!

So what you need:

Kale
Beans – I had a can of PC Blue Menu Six Bean Medley (chickpeas, dark red kidney beans, black-eyed peas, white kidney beans, romano beans, baby lima beans)
Diced Tomatoes
Baby Bok Choy
Celery
Carrots
Vegetable Broth
Chili Pepper Flakes
Italian Spicy Sausage

I know it is probably better to make your own broth and not use canned vegetables but I used what I had on hand.

SO take a big pot and took a little bit of oil and saute my carrots and celery. Once they have softened I put in the broth and also put in some freshly chopped garlic! God I love garlic! Once that gets going I throw in my diced tomatoes and juice, beans (make sure you drain and rinse them first), chopped Kale and chopped Baby Bok Choy. Once this is back to simmering I then take my Italian Spicy Sausage and add that to the soup.

Side Note – I get my Italian Spicy Sausage from the local deli that makes them in house. These I had bought for another recipe and didn’t use right away so it was perfect to use them in this. I slice mine into smaller bites and then add them to the soup to cook.

I then add in Salt and Pepper and Chili Pepper Flakes for some kick!

Enjoy!

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My Kind of Jalapeno Poppers

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Mr. & Ms. Sullivans for the big Super Bowl Game! Everyone brought an appy and there was a lot of GOOD food there! I really should have worked out that day! HAHA!

So I went online to a great website called Foodie Crush found this recipe and just mixed it up a bit! The great thing about this recipe is that you can be a little fearless! Mix up your filler and try different combinations!

You will need:

– Jalapenos
– Boursin Cheese
– Soft Goat Cheese
– Bacon
– BBQ Sauce

Preheat your oven to 450F

So my hubs showed me this tip, take your Jalapeno and roll it on your cutting board back and forth a few time to loosen up all the seeds inside. Then take your knife and slice the Jalapeno in half. Take a spoon and scoop out all the insides, I left a few of the seeds in for a little bit of extra heat! Once you have this done with all of your Jalapenos lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.

NOW WASH YOUR HANDS AND MAKE SURE YOU GET UNDER YOUR NAILS…TRUST ME!

Take a small bowl and mix together your goat cheese and boursin cheese together. Take your cheese mixture and scoop it into your Jalapenos. Once you have them all filled sprinkle fresh cracked black pepper.

WASH YOUR HANDS!

Now take your bacon strips and slice them in half and then wrap them around your Jalapenos. Take the BBQ sauce and just lightly brush it onto your Jalapenos! Bake them for 15-20 min and voila you have a Jalapeno Popper!

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These were super tasty and really easy to make!

Enjoy!

Raclette Dinner Party

Its been a little bit since my last post so its time to catch up!

A couple of weeks ago we went for dinner to Mr. & Ms. Getty’s house for a Raclette Dinner Party! Raclette and Fondues might be one of my favourite ways to have a dinner party! I love how the dinner takes extra long because everyone is grazing and chatting! Also Raclette is a great dinner party idea if you are limited by the foods that you can eat or if you are just trying to eat a bit healthier!

My sis and her hubs also joined us and brought some very yummy wine to try!

The Getty’s are well experienced “Racletters” (I don’t think that is a word but we are just going to go with it)! They had everything from cheese, veggies to different meats! It was such a great time!

Thank you Getty’s and can’t wait for the next one!

Things to try at your next Raclette:

Cheese:
Feta
Boursin
Cheddar
Brie

Veggies:
Roasted Peppers
Potatoes
Cauliflower
Broccoli

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