Italian Peasant Soup

Serves 6

Three tablespoons olive oil or butter

Two onions chopped

Five carrots chopped

Six Potato’s chopped

One quart chopped canned tomatoes or 10 fresh chopped tomatoes

Tow quarts chicken broth

Two cups water

One or two packages Italian sausage or whatever sausage you prefer (my kids love it with the organic beef hotdogs cut up)

Salt, pepper and season taste (I use dried parsley,  oregano, rosemary, a bay leaf, and a little thyme and sage)

Saute onions in a large soup pot in butter or oil for about 5 minutes

Add chopped carrots and potatoes saute for another 10 minutes (Often I will add most of the spices at this point)

add the broth and the water

Cook till the potatoes and carrots are tender about 30 min

Add tomatoes and sausages and spices (if not already done) and simmer for another 10 minutes


Power Balls

So this is not so much a recipe as a guide line. Each time I make these it is a new adventure and a little different outcome. But enjoyed by all the children without fail.

3 cups nuts (I usually use almonds, picans, and walnuts)

3/4 cup coconut butter

1 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)

1 cup dates

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes

Coconibs and chocolate chips optional and delicious

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor. I usually start by blending the nuts and then adding everything else other then the oats. I blend everything together and then add the oats and chocolate last and just barely mix those in. Form the past you now have into balls (usually about one inch round) place the balls on a cookie sheep and refrigerate for about an hour. Great for lunches and a power snack on the go or just enjoy because they are so yummy. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. (they won’t last that long with children around)!