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    • Potato Leek Soup

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    •  9/26/2012 9:30:15 PM
    • I am so excited for FALL because of all the YUMMY SOUPS you can make!  We have so many wonderful soup recipes on our website...and we also have our Whole Food Mommies SOUP EBOOK download- found HERE.  This will give you all of our favorite soups (12 I believe) that you can make all year long.


      Here is a warm, yummy, smooth SOUP recipe that I made for dinner tonight.  I love simple & basic recipes.  They work good for my style of cooking...which I like to call SIMPLE & BASIC : )


      I love the flavor of the LEEKS in this soup!  LEEKS are found in most grocery stores (I just bought mine today at WALMART).  My mother taught me to use the WHITE part and cut off the DARK GREEN that is what I do (but I could be wrong?).  The leeks I bought today were mostly WHITE, so I had a lot of leeks- which made this soup very flavorful.  My kids ate it with a corn on the cobb and steamed KALE. 






      4 Large Leeks cut into 1/4 inch slices (I use the white parts- I cut close to the green, but do not use)

      4 Large Potatoes (I like to use GOLDEN POTATOES), peeled, cubed (about 4 cups)

      4 Carrots- sliced into small pieces

      1 Large YAM, peeled & cubed (cut much smaller than the potatoes so they all cook evenly)

      5 cups water

      1 tsp. SALT (or more, depending on your taste)

      1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

      1/4 cup chopped chives (optional)



      Saute LEEKS in large stockpot (I used 1 tablespoon oil and some water to saute).  Saute leeks for 5 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add potatoes, carrots, yam, water, salt and cayenne pepper.  Stir.  Cover. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low; simmer 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

      Add leek mixture, in batches to high powered blender and blend until all the mixture is smooth.  Return the mixture back to stockpot.  Sprinkle with CHIVES just before serving- and enjoy! 


      This soup is an AWESOME leftover.  You can make it more fun by making some yummy whole grain bread- or buying some artisen bread.  I love sprinkling white pepper on top...YUM!

      Hope you enjoy!


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    • Foods for Sick Kids

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    •  9/19/2012 10:08:00 PM
    • Seeing that we are into the FALL SEASON and winter will be here sooner than we know it, I thought it would be helpful to write about children's sickness, specifically FEVERS.  My little 6 week old recently woke up with a FEVER (kind of scary) and it reminded me of my thoughts and beliefs about fevers and childhood sickness.  My family and I try to eat a wholesome natural diet...and I also try to HEAL my children a more natural and holistic way.  I believe our bodies can perform miracles if we feed them correct foods and when needed- use natural remedies to help faciliate healing.


      My little guy only had a fever for a day and a half and it gave me the opportunity to STOP and HOLD HIM (something that I love to do). I have 3 other kids that I also needed to take care of, but other than that- all my other responsibilites stopped and I took care of my little guy.  I also have an incredible husband who helped me a lot.


      I remember the first time I had a child with a fever I was a nervous wreck...with a prayer in my heart I was lead to an amazing article that opened my eyes to what a fever really is and how I should react to it and what I should do.  I wanted to share this article with you.  When you have a moment- I would highly recommend reading it.  It is found HERE on the MOTHERING website.


      Also- check out my prior blog HERE that gives everything I do when my children have a fever.

      So- as all of you should know- I am NOT A DOCTOR.  But hopefully this information can be of help to some of you out there.


      MUCH LOVE!

      Veteran Mommy

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    • Pink Slime- GROSS!

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    •  9/12/2012 2:06:13 PM
    • Have you seen this video with Ellen?  Someone told me about it and I just checked it out...and thought it was quite funny!  Watch below to see what Ellen Degeneres thinks about PINK SLIME!


      Click here to watch the video.


      I am not the biggest fan of Ellen, but I did like her thoughts on this subject.  We all should know exactly what we are eating and what our children are eating.  That is one of the many benefits of eating a plant based diet.  Hope this video brought a smile to your face!


      much love,

      Veteran Mommy 

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    • Weekly Dinner Ideas

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    •  9/6/2012 12:50:13 PM
    • I have been SLACKING!

      Ever sense I had my baby (he is 5 weeks old), I haven't been doing good on making my family dinner.  My husband came home last night and had to leave again to go buy himself something to eat.

      Not cool!

      So- I know the first step in CHANGE is making a PLAN.  I thought I would share with you my plan for the next week's dinners.  I went down our list of awesome recipes and clicked on the one's that sounded good.


      Here they are in no particular order.  There are some dinner ideas and some lunch ideas.


      Bean and Avocado Quesadillas


      Maple Sweet Potato Fries



      Party Pasta Salad



      Sweet Potato Hash



       Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna


      Black Bean Soup- Crockpot


      White Bean Avocado Wrap


      Next step- GROCERY LIST.  The items on the left I need to purchase and the items on the right I already have.


      Wish me luck!




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