A nice bowl of soup on a cold day really hits the spot. Well, really any old day. I like cream of broccoli soup but I have been thinking lately about making a batch of Cream of Asparagus Soup. We often have steamed asparagus as a side dish and sometimes waste the tough ends. I always save the tough ends of broccoli and cauliflower for making vegetable puree for soups or whatever else sounds tasty. When pureed and mixed with the other vegetables, it gives you a nice batch of soup with extra for another meal. That’s what got me thinking about saving the tough ends to add to broccoli or cauliflower soup. Or, better yet, make Cream of Asparagus Soup.

This soup was a hit with my hubby so I will be making this one often.


You will need:

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery with green tops
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
salt
You could try other Vitality Essential Oil flavors like Lime, Thyme, Basil, Oregano.

Directions:

In a steamer, steam the asparagus until bright green and just tender. No more than 5 minutes. Cut the tips off asparagus.
About one inch long. Set those aside.

Cut the remaining asparagus stalks into 1 inch pieces. Cut celery in 1 inch pieces.

In another saucepan, celery, cook onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.
Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups broth and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Puree in a blender until completely smooth. Return mixture to pan. Reheat soup while slowly stirring in cream cheese and butter.
Season to taste with salt and Vitality Essential Oils. Toss in asparagus tips and stir in.
Optional: Garnish with a few pieces of celery leaf.

Serve hot or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

These gingersnaps are very intense flavor. I am a fiend for gingersnaps. These are a bit like a cracker. I use a mixture of einkorn and almond flour, along with Swerve Sweetener to make the carbs lower.
Each cookie has 8 carbs and 17 calories.

3/4 cup blanched almond flour
3/4 cup Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 drops Ginger Vitality Essential Oil
5 drops Cinnamon Vitality Essential Oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Swerve granulated Sweetener

In a food processor combine einkorn flour, almond flour and salt. Pulse in baking soda, vanilla, ginger and other spices. Add Vitality Oils, pulse in butter and Swerve until dough forms.
Roll batter into a long tube about the diameter of cookie size you want. Refrigerate for a couple hours. When firm, slice in 1/4 inch thick slices. Place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets.
Serve

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Ingredients
Cookies

1 cup almond flour
1 cup Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
1 cup natural sweetener – I used Swerve
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
3 drops Jade Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
(option: 2 cups almond flour instead of 1 cup each einkorn and almond flour)

Frosting

1/2 cup confectioners/powdered sweetener Swerve has both granular and powdered confectioners)
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 drops Jade Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Other oil options: lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppermint, ginger

Instructions

Cookies
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sweetener. Add eggs, vanilla extract and mix until combined. With the mixer running on low, slowly add baking powder, salt, einkorn and almond flour, beating well after each addition. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheet; flatten dough balls to form discs covering with plastic wrap and lightly pressing. Space cookies 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.

Frosting
Whisk together all frosting ingredients until smooth. Whisk in additional sweetener as necessary. When cookies are completely cool, spread frosting onto cookies using butter knife.

Serving size: 1 serving (Total recipe makes 16 servings)
Protein 3.65g, Fat 16.88g, Cals 170, Carbs 3.09g, Fiber 1.50g — NET CARBS: 1.59g

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3 cps. coconut sugar (or substitute 1 1/2 cup with ¾ tsp. stevia extract).
1 cup. shortening (or organic coconut oil.)
3 eggs beaten
2 cup canned or frozen pumpkin (or substitute butternut squash)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp allspice
3 drops Young Living Cinnamon Vitality Essential Oil
3 drops Young Living Nutmeg Essential Oil
3 drops Young Living Clove Essential Oil

Procedure: Cream sweetener and shortening. Add pumpkin and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Set aside and beat 3 eggs, and add to mixture.

Bake in a greased cake pan in oven for 1 to 1 ¼ hrs at 350 degrees. (Baking time will depend whether you use canned pumpkin or frozen pumpkin. Frozen is so keep an eye on it in the last part of the baking time.)

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2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired.

Add 3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired), and stir in chocolate chips or cacao nibs after blending. Optional, blend in a small handful spinach for color and an extra nutrient boost. Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



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2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
3 tbsp cocoa powder
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are starting to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with other ingredients including 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired. Add 3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired). Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Banana Orange Vitality Ice Creamorange-vitality
4 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
1/2 cup of orange juice, frozen
3 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) Freeze orange juice in ice cube tray. To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas and frozen orange juice into a blender or food processor. Add 3 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired).

Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Mango Lemon Lime Vitality Ice Cream
2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
2 Mangos peeled, cored and cut into pieces or 1 10 oz bag frozen mango
3 drops Lemon vitality essential oil
3 drops Lime vitality essential oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas and frozen mangos into a blender or food processor. Add 3 drops Lemon and 3 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired).

Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
3 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch salt
2-3 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete Chocolate
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
Directions:
Start with bananas that are starting to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with other ingredients including 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired.

Optional: 1 or 2 scoops Pure Protein Complete can be added to any of these recipes. Either the chocolate or vanilla Pure Protein Complete



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