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Spiced Chickpea Soup with Pita Toast

Spiced Chickpea Soup with Greens

Coconut cream makes this soup so silky and delish.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp. Original Ghee
  • 5 garlic cloves -minced or finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow sweet onion
  • 2 inches fresh ginger root -peeled, finely chopped
  • good salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 Teas. smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. ground turmeric + more for garnishing
  • 1 Teas. chili pepper flakes + more for garnishing
  • 2 15oz cans chickpeas -drained, rinsed well
  • 1 15oz cans full fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 2 cups of veggie or chicken broth
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard -stems removed, cut into small bite-size (use spinach or kale)
  • 1 cup fresh mint -julienned for garnishing
  • Yogurt for garnishing -optional
  • Curried sunflower seeds for garnishing -see recipe on site

Instructions
 

  • Melt the ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger – season with salt and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the onions are a bit translucent and start to brown.
  • Add the turmeric, paprika, chili pepper flakes, chick peas and season with salt and pepper and a splash of broth. Cook and stir frequently for about 8-10 minutes so the chickpeas cook in the spices and ghee. They will begin to brown and get crispy.
  • Smash the chickpeas against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon which will help to thicken the soup. Remove about 1 cup of chickpeas and set aside.
  • Bring to simmer, scraping and stirring occasionally till the soup has thickened, 20+minutes. If your desired consistency is not met, continue to cook until you like the thickness of the soup.
  • Add Swiss chard and stir, making sure it has all submerged under the liquid. Cook till wilted and soft for 3-5minutes. Kale will take longer to soften. Season again with salt and pepper.
  • Divide among bowls, top with reserved chickpeas, mint, yogurt dusted with sweet paprika, turmeric and curried sunflower seeds. Serve alongside with toasted pita.

Notes

Toasted Pita – spread a very thin layer of ghee onto the pita. Dash it with turmeric, paprika and oregano. Place into a 325F oven and toast for upwards of 10 minutes. Don’t let it burn. Cut into triangles and serve.
Chickpeas can need a lot of salt so this recipe doesn’t end up salty!
Can also use Turmeric + Black Pepper Ghee.
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Roasted Fennel and Garlic Soup

Roasted Fennel and Garlic Soup

Serves 4.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 whole garlic bulbs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Original Ghee - can use Black Garlic Ghee; Heirloom Salt + Pepper Ghee, or Turmeric + Black Pepper Ghee
  • 2 medium leeks - sliced white and light green parts
  • 1 medium/large fennel bulb - cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 5-6 cups broth - veggie or chicken
  • 2 large Yukon potatoes - peeled and diced into 1” pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh sage
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Teas. good salt
  • 1 Teas. black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Clean up the garlic bulbs by trimming the base off and cutting some of the tops off the garlic. Place whole bulbs or individual cloves into a small baking dish and drizzle olive oil all over. Roast for at least 20 minutes or till the cloves look a bit wilted and the garlic is golden and soft. Remove from oven and allow it to cool before squeezing out each clove. Be careful – they’re HOT!
  • While garlic is in oven melt 2 tablespoons of ghee and toss with fresh fennel. Add salt and pepper to taste and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-30 minutes or till the fennel is translucent and starting to brown. The browner it is the more depth it will give the soup. Remove from heat.
  • In a small stock pot, melt the remainder of ghee. Add fennel seeds and when they begin to release their aroma and turn slightly golden, add the leeks and potatoes.
  • Sauté till leeks are somewhat translucent, then add the broth, roasted garlic, roasted fennel, bay leaves and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the fresh herbs, salt and pepper and continue to simmer till the veggies are somewhat soft.
  • Remove bay leaves. Blend in small batches in a blender or use an immersion blender to puree the soup till its smooth. Return to sauce pan and reheat. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve in bowls and top with homemade croutons.

Notes

Can use any of our savory ghee products in place of Original Ghee.
To Make Croutons: Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Slice your bread of choice and cut into 1/4” cubes. Melt 2 tablespoons of any ghee and add dried herbs of your chose to complement the soup’s flavors. Add salt and pepper and mix everything into the bread cubes. Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on crunchy you want them. Remove from oven and cool.
When using dried herbs vs: fresh, the rule of thumb measurement is 1/3 dried of what you're using fresh. In this recipe use 1 teaspoon dried vs. a tablespoon fresh!
Of course everyone's palate is different so season to your tastes.
 
 
Keyword Heirloom Salt + Pepper Ghee, Heirloom Salt and Pepper Ghee
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Rice, Kale, Yam and Shrimp Bowl

Rice, Kale, Yam and Shrimp Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Basamati or Jasmine rice
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 small organic yams or sweet potatoes - peeled and cut in 1" pieces
  • 1 small Bunch Kale - chopped like confetti - small
  • 1 shallot - diced
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 6-8 large shrimp - remove shells and clean
  • 1 Teas. fennel seeds
  • 1 Teas. smoked paprika
  • 1 Teas. dried dill
  • juice of 1 lemon - grate a little of the zest too
  • 1 Tbsp. Original Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp. Turmeric + Black Pepper Ghee
  • good salt and cracked pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add rice. Reduce heat to low and keep lid slightly ajar. Watch for overflowing!
  • While the rice is cooking, place a half cup of water and peeled yams into a sauté pan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil and allow the yams to cook till water is absorbed - at least 5-7 minutes. May need to add a little more water if yams are still too firm. When to the right tenderness remove from pan.
  • In the same pan, melt 1 tablespoon of Original Ghee, add the fennel seeds and cook for one minute. Toss in the shallot and allow to cook for about 2 minutes or till translucent.
  • Add chopped kale and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Adding a couple splashes of water helps it to cook faster. Remove from pan.
  • In the same pan, add a small amount of Original Ghee and allow to melt. Add garlic, lemon, and shrimp. Sprinkle shrimp with sweet paprika and dill. Saute for about 2 minutes on each side. Shrimp cook very fast so once they are lightly pink they are done. They will continue to cook after you remove them from the heat.
  • Once the rice is done, add the Turmeric + Black Pepper Ghee, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the yams and kale to the pan of rice and mix all together. Adjust seasonings and place in bowls. Top off with shrimp and serve.
  • Serves 2 generously as a meal.
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Summer Heirloom Tomato Couscous Salad

Summer Heirloom Tomato Couscous Salad

Serves 2-4.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup hierloom tomatoes - various colors
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - various colors
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous - dried
  • 1 small jicama - peeled and sliced julienned
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1+ Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon
  • 2 Teas. Original Ghee - melted
  • 1 Tbs Sriracha Ghee – melted - can use Turmeric+Black Pepper or Black Garlic Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp. Tbsp. fresh chives - chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves - julienned
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves - chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts - chopped
  • Good salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • In a bowl toss the walnuts with a teaspoon of melted ghee and salt. Place the walnuts on a lined baking sheet and roast till lightly golden – about 15 minutes or so till you smell them.
  • Prepare couscous according to the package directions. Instead of adding butter, add a teaspoon of Original Ghee to the water. After it has cooked, add the Sriracha Ghee and set aside for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
  • Wash and chop all the veggies and herbs. To julienne the jicama, peel, slice thinly and then cut into matchstick size pieces. Tomatoes can be sliced and chopped to give salad texture.
  • Squeeze about half of a lemon. Zest some of the skin.
  • Place the tomatoes, half of the herbs, jicama in a bowl and toss lightly with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Use the amount of oil and lemon for your taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Present it on a large plate. Put the couscous down first and then top with tomato and jicama mixture. Add roasted walnuts and sprinkle with remaining herbs and lemon zest.
  • Feta is also a nice garnish. Can use other savory ghee flavors.
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Chicken Rice Soup

Chicken Rice Soup

Best to make your own *broth but store bought chicken broth will work too.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole chicken - 3-4lbs
  • 3 stalks celery - diced
  • 1 Leek - chopped, white and light green parts only
  • 1 Teas. celery seed
  • 5 medium carrots - chopped
  • 2+ Tbsp. Original Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried chives
  • 1 Teas. dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 10 threads Saffron
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white Basmati rice - rinsed very well
  • 5-6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 Teas. good salt
  • 1 Teas. freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley - finely chopped
  • TO MAKE HOMEMADE CHICKEN BROTH
  • 1 whole chicken - can use some of the meat for other meals
  • filtered water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Bay leaf
  • onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • Mixed fresh herbs; oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage...

Instructions
 

  • In a stock pot, melt the ghee.
  • Add leeks, celery and celery seed and sauté till softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and garlic and continue to sauté for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Add chives, oregano, dried parsley and cooked chicken. Add at least 2 cups of chicken meat. Cook for about 5 minutes till flavors are incorporated.
  • Add 5 cups of chicken broth. Bring to boil and then turn heat down to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add rice, salt and pepper and cook for another 10 minutes or so. Soup will be done when the rice is cooked fully. If the soup is too thick, heat the last cup of chicken broth and add it to the pot.
  • Toss in the fresh parsley and give it a good stir. You may also add a nice squeeze of fresh lemon.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Allow the soup to cool completely. This soup is best the next day.

Notes

*To make homemade chicken broth: Place washed chicken into pot and barely cover with water. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and allow the chicken to soak for 1 hour. Turn on heat and bring to a boil. Once it boils, begin skimming all the white foam off – these are the impurities. Once it’s clean, reduce heat to low-medium and add any amount of onion, carrots, and celery along with bay leaf and any fresh herbs you like. Put lid on pot half-way and allow the whole chicken and all the goodies to cook for about 2-3 hours. Check the chicken after 2 hours to see if its done. The internal temp is 165 F  without the thermometer touching any bones).  Once chicken is done, remove it from the pot and allow to cool slightly. Remove the chicken from the bones.  If you like, you can toss the bones back into the pot for the last hour of cooking.  Cut or shred both white and dark meat for the soup. Save the rest for other meals. After 3 hours, strain the broth to remove all the veggies and herbs – toss them. Allow the broth to cool if you plan on freezing it or you may continue to make the soup at this point. Be careful - it is HOT!
Can also use Black Garlic Ghee, Sriracha Ghee, Turmeric + Black Pepper Ghee and Heirloom Salt + Pepper Ghee in place of Original Ghee.
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Curried Split Pea Dahl with Rice

Curried Split Pea Dahl

Serves 4 generously with rice and a side veggie.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup dried split peas -soaked for 3-4 hour and rinsed OR prepped using the Quick Method*
  • 2 1/2 Cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 Teas. turmeric powder
  • 1 Teas. coriander seeds
  • 2 Teas. fennel seeds
  • 2 Teas. cumin seeds
  • 1 Teas. Cayenne pepper -optional
  • 2 Tbsp. Original Ghee
  • 1/2 Cup diced shallots or scallions
  • 2 Teas. good salt
  • 1 Teas. freshly grated pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place rinsed, soaked peas into a pan with the filtered water.
  • Stir in the turmeric, curry powder and cayenne.
  • Over medium heat, bring to boil and then reduce heat and cover partially. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until all the water has evaporated. Peas should be tender and beginning to disintegrate. If too thick, slowly add more water for desired consistency.
  • In a small fry pan, heat 1 tablespoon ghee.
  • Add the fennel, coriander and cumin seeds along with the shallot and sauté until the seeds release their aroma and the shallots are lightly brown. Set aside.
  • Stir the cooked seeds, shallots, salt, pepper and remaining ghee into the split peas.

Notes

Serve with white or brown basmati rice. When rice is done, stir in Turmeric + Black Pepper Ghee and season with salt and pepper to taste.
 
*Quick Method
1. Rinse the beans under cool running water. Check and discard any stones or other debris. Drain.
2. Transfer to the saucepan and cover with about 2 inches of water.
3. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cook the beans for 1 minute, and then remove the pot from the heat.
4. Cover with a lid and let the beans to soak in the warm water for 1 hour.
5. Drain the beans into a colander. Rinse and begin to cook according to your recipe
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