Like I mentioned a bunch of times before, ever since my pregnancy journey began I’ve had a preference for savory foods that come in some form of spicy, salty, and zesty. Although I try to limit my intake of sodium because I don’t want high blood pressure and all that fun stuff (sarcasm), I just cannot resist having some kind of kick and zest to my meals! Oh yeah, you’re asking about the cupcakes I’ve been eating?
Best ever cupcake—white chocolate lemon
Errrr so yeah, those are still some of my favorite treats, pregnant or not! But we’re talking about savory here, got it? Now back to the subject...
Please let me share with you the recipe that I promised you last time, and even if you decide that you don’t like what I made at least I’ve accomplished in keeping my word, hehe. But seriously. If you like healthy recipes, make this. If you want to easily veganize a dish, make this. If you adore the taste and texture of leeks which I find to be much like their frail little cousin called the green onion, then I really think you should make this. If you want to scare delight your husband with the colorful hues that dance around your crock-pot, then you must certainly make this. Just don’t tell him this is from me.
Zesty Leek and Potato Cream Soup
Makes approximately 10 servings
- 2 leek stems
- 2 Russet potatoes with skin on, cubed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 C dry lima beans, rinsed (or canned+drained)
- 3/4 C full fat coconut milk
- 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 7 C vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 TBSP butter (or Earth Balance)
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 3/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 2 TBSP lime juice
- Rinse the leeks and cut them length-wise through the middle so you have to halves left. Then chop them about 3 inches wide as shown in the picture below.
- Start heating up a large skillet on medium heat and melt the butter. Lightly saute the leeks on the pan and stir—just about 2 minutes until it’s slightly caramelized.
- Turn your crock pot to 4 hours and pour in the broth, coconut milk, and tomato paste. When the rest of the ingredients are ready, add them in as well. Add the ingredients on the spices list and let it cook for 4 hours or as long as you decide.
- However, if you like your beans with more chew and not too soft (and are using canned beans), then I would recommend that you add them at least an hour after starting up the crock pot. Otherwise, it is okay to cook them from the beginning.
Check out those huge stems! It’s like green onion but better.
I always enjoy eating soup with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top, along with a nice dollop of greek yogurt to give it a more complex flavor. And I’ve been contemplating about how perfectly this would pair up with this cheesy pull-apart bread by the Brown Eyed Baker…Warning: You will drool if you click on that link!
An Apology for PVBody [Now Called Ellie]
If you recall a certain post from a few weeks ago, I had finally written to you with much excitement about the new company called PV Body (now it’s called ‘Ellie’, what a coinkidink!). I’m sure that by now a good handful of you have heard about them, as well as the not so favorable opinions from unhappy customers who’ve written on their Facebook wall and on other blogs that were promoting the very same thing I was.
I’m rather sad to say that after much thought and a few words of caution from some readers (thank you so much by the way), I will not be continuing as part of their ambassador program and will discontinue the 20% off link for first time customers. I don’t want to go too much into detail but all I can say is that I should have listened to my instincts when something was telling me to be very careful about the company. I’m surprised to have fallen into this as I tend to be very discerning about things most of the time. Now, I’m not saying that Ellie is purposefully scamming customers and taking advantage of bloggers who are simply excited to be affiliated to an ‘up and coming’ fitness company, because I sure was. However, I am now fully aware that many people haven’t received the packages that they’ve purchased even after a month of waiting, and some complaints even go to the extent of their credit cards being charged three times in a row.
It is quite common for new businesses starting from the ground up to have a few glitches and mistakes here and there and I truly hope that’s been the problem so far (after all we all make mistakes), and I fully understand that and forgive them for that if that is the case. But too many folks have been unhappy with their customer service, and I can’t help but cringe at the thought of one more person grieving over their loss of money, let alone the trust they had in those who were so passionate about this new brand. Although it is up to the shopper to give their products a try, I do not want any of you to have to deal with one more problem because of mine or any other ambassador’s mistake. I truly hope and wish the best for Ellie! I hate to see businesses suffering especially if they didn’t mean any harm, but I also want the best for anyone who’s spending his or her hard earned money. And unless the muddy waters surrounding this company don’t clear up, I will not be affiliating myself to them.
So, my apologies to all of you and I hope everything worked out in your favor if you purchased something from them!
Now for the questions…What dishes do you like to cook in the crock pot? Anything unique?
Do you tend to listen to your instincts/discernment?
-I’m usually very careful and pray through everything, but I guess sometimes I hear what I THINK I’m hearing!