C.H.E.F. Recipes (Cheap Healthy Easy Fast)

New Year’s Eve Spicy Lentil Soup


I read a few years ago that making and of course eating lentil soup on new year’s eve is thought, in Italy, to bring health and good fortune. While I’m not Italian, I do love the food and traditions. With the weather in New England being quite cold lately I figured “why not?’, it’s healthy, hearty and warming!

The recipe I followed is  from one of my favorite cookbooks called Conscious Cuisine by Chef Cary Neff (find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Conscious-Cuisine-Neff/dp/1570719268 , you’ll love it too!)

 Spicy Lentil Soup -Chef Cary Neff

Makes 12 1-cup servings; 170 calories per serving


1/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 large)

1 cup chopped, peeled carrots (about 2 medium)

1 cup chopped celery (3 medium ribs)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 cups lentils (about 1 pound), washed

1 28-ounce can diced, stewed tomatoes in their juice

8 cups Vegetable Stock

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon chile powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat a medium stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook until the onion has softened, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the lentils, tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, cayenne, chile powder, cumin, paprika, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the lentils have softened, about 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

15 Days of Dips · C.H.E.F. Recipes (Cheap Healthy Easy Fast)

# 9 Roasted Red Pepper Dip


Roasted Red Pepper Dip

1, 15-oz far roasted red peppers (or you can roast your own 2-3 large red peppers, de-seeded/cut in half)

1, 15 oz can white beans or chickpeas

1-2 cloves garlic

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp celery seed

dash chili powder

dash paprika

dash salt & pepper

splash olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If mixture looks too thin you can thicken it with chickpea flower or as I did 1/4 cup ground flax-seed meal.

Chill for at least an hour to overnight. Serve with assorted vegetables, crackers, pita chips or toasted baguette slices.

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Sautéed Squash and String Beans

imageIt’s easy!

Grab a few handfuls of string beans,

1 zucchini

1 summer (yellow crookneck) squash

2 garlic cloves, peeled & minced or pressed

2-3 Tbs. Olive oil

2 Tbs. tamari or soy sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a medium-high heated pan and sautee for about 5 minutes until veggies are tender-crisp.

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Baby New Potato Salad


All you need is:

1-2 lbs. red or white baby potatoes, cooked in water

your favorite chopped up vegetables – I used, red peppers, celery & onion

Your favorite herbs-mine were parsley and cilantro, Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped

extra virgin olive oil and your favorite apple cider vinegar-mine is my home seasoned garlic scape ACV

I didn’t measure anything, I just added until it looked right…use your creative freedom!

Chill or serve immediately. Enjoy!