Homemade Split Pea Soup

Let’s be honest any bean really goes good with pork. Some peas are an accommodation to pork as well. Today I decided to make split pea soup for the first time at home. I’ve made it for restaurants several times but never at home. I wanted this dish to be so good everyone in my house would eat it. So I figured fresh food would make it best.

I put some fresh cut ham hocks, and pork neck bones from the supermarket in a frying pan. I seared these bones in olive oil until crispy brown.

Then I put them into a saucepan. In the same oil left after searing in the frying pan, I sautéd some mire pox, peppers, and garlic, until carmilized nicely brown. I added bay leaf, spices, salt, and pepper for flavor. Once carmilized I added vegtables to pork bones in saucepan. I discarded all grease.

I then turned saucepan on medium heat. I added 5 quarts water and a bouillon cube. You can use pork, or vegtable bouillon and bring to boil for 30 minutes. Then add beans, or peas, and bring back up to 5 quarts of liquid by adding more water. Bring to boil again 30 minutes. Once done add salt and pepper and serve.

I never knew fresh ham hocks and neck bone could be so delicious in soup. I usually use smoked meat for soup but the supermarket was sold out. THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF USE WHAT YOU GOT, TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. Cooking is using what you have and making it taste good. Fresh food goes a long way.

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Wow Pineapple Mint

Mint is a great addition to any meal. Today I found out each variety of mint has different tastes. Pineapple mint looks almost like regular mint, but it has some yellow color tones too it. Plus it feels a little rougher than regular mint.

When tasting it I found pineapple mint is sweeter, and less minty than regular mint. This is a great herb to add to food for people not fond of eating mint. I decided to put some in my tumeric and ginger tea tonight. Pineapple mint made my tea refreshing in a subtle minty way. I could hardly taste any mint at all in my tea. I would definitely suggest pineapple mint to non mint lovers.

Blackened Salmon Kale Ceasar Salad

After a good workout, everyone wants to eat something healthy. No one wants to stand up and cook for hours. Making this salad took 20 minutes. If you want homemade croutons add about five more minutes.

The salmon was quick and easy to sauté, in the same pan with the asparagus. A fresh egg can be boiled while you prepare your protein and asparagus. Chop your veggies while you cook everything. Toss you favorite cheese with your favorite greens. In this salad I used kale, white cheddar, and ceasar dressing. Something fast can be healthy and taste good.

Try adding different vegtables. Another night I used green beans instead of asparagus. It also tastes great adding some homemade croutons.

Cucumber Pear Juice

This juice is refreshing, and revitalizing. All these amazing fruits and vegtables are a refreshing way to get you going. The fun thing about juicing is you can add whatever you like.

The cucumber has vitamin K, C, B5, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Cucumber is anti-inflammatory, energy producing, and it helps build bones, and your heart. So I decided to kick it up a notch with pears, celery, lemon, and honey.

Pears are great for burning stomach fat for that six pack ab. They are high in fiber, and help fight infection. This fruit is amazing. Pears help fight cancer, diabetes, gout, arthritis, and much more.

Celery is a refreshing root vegtable. It is a good source of vitamin A, C, B2, B6, copper, manganese, molybdenum, calcium, and potassium. This crisp vegtable is high in antioxidants as well.

Lemon has vitamin C, B6, iron, folate, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamine, and potassium. It is also high in fiber. Thus fruit cleanses your palate, while building healthy white blood cells.

Honey is a class of its own. This amazing sweetness can be an energy booster, or mood stabilizer for rem sleep. It’s also a antibiotic so it helps you fight infections. Great for your skin, hair, bones, and blood. I use raw honey for its super healthy powers.

Carrot Tumeric Apple Juice

The fun part about juicing is you get to give your body what it wants, and needs at the same time. This power juice drink is a full flavor way to get your energy and day going. Carrots are good for your eyes, and liver. This juice gives antioxidants vitamin A, B8, C, K, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, from carrot. I use carrot as a base for my juicing. It’s one of my alternates to green juice.

Apples add a sweetness to this juice drink. The dietary fiber, antioxidants, and flavanoids, in the apple enriches promoting fulfilling body regularity.

Tumeric adds relaxation, since it helps with anti -inflammatory, brain function, and it’s high in antioxidants as well. Tumeric is great to help sinus infections, or joint pain. This power drink can help your eyes, and heart as well.

Watermelon juice

Summer is almost over so time to get the last of the summers luscious fruits. Watermelon is delicious eaten as is, or juiced. This superfruit has many different healthy benefits to your body. The sweet refreshing flavor it brings hydrates and quenches any thirst. There are different types of watermelon so don’t just try red, or yellow.

Watermelon has viatims A, B6, C, lycopene, amino acids, and antioxidants. It is heart, bone, and prostate healthy. Being 92% water this fruit can hydrate your skin while it improves cell function and immunity in your body. The redder, or more yellow the fruit is the healthier it is. Boosting beta carotene, energy, eye, hair, and skin health. Try adding Carrots, cucumbers, and pineapples go great with this fruit when juicing.