Fresh & Easy Tortilla Soup in the Vitamix

xtortillasoup,P20mainjpg.jpg.pagespeed.ic.e3NTPfWyvw Ok you’ve probably heard us¬†say more than once or twice that we love our Vitamix! One of the reasons why is that we can take produce we don’t know what to do with, make a great tasting soup in a few minutes, and have very little clean up.

For those of you wanting to eat cleaner, this is a great way to do that, get plenty of veggies, and have a tasty meal. This recipe yields about 5-6 cups, depending on how much extra you add ūüôā

Soup Base

  • 3 cups vegetable (or chicken or beef) broth
  • 1-2 tomatoes, halved (or even 1/4-1/2 cup tomato sauce if that’s all you have)
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 1 stalk celery, haved
  • 1 slice onion
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 slice/piece (or more) red pepper, cabbage, squash/zucchini, cauliflower, mushroom, etc.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 + tsp taco seasoning
  • dash cumin

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 – 1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/2 fresh jalepeno
  • 1/4-1/2 cup corn (cooked or canned and drained)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup black beans¬†(cooked or canned and drained)
  • 2-4 ounces tortilla chips
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro

The thing about this recipe is that you can use up a little bit of this and that in your soup. The last time I made this I didn’t have red pepper or cabbage and I don’t like mushrooms. I added cauliflower because I had it, and I think a leaf of kale because what the heck! Use green onions instead of regular. A yellow pepper instead of red would be fine… The key is here you are making a vegetable soup base, and the taco seasoning is giving it the majority of its flavor.

Place all of the above ingredients in the order listed in the Vitamix. and secure the lid. Turn on then gradually increase speed to 10, then flip to high. Blend 5-6 minutes until you see steam escaping from the lid (yes, your soup will heat right in the Vitamix!). With the Vitamix on low, slowly add in the optional ingredients – corn, chicken, beans, jalepeno, through the lid plug opening. Blend for 10-20 seconds on low.

Pour into bowls and top with cheese, cilantro and broken up tortilla chips if desired.

No Vitamix?

I can’t say how this would turn out in another blender, and you may have to heat the soup in a pot on the stove, but certainly give it a try!

Just in РVitamix Sale! 

The Certified Reconditioned 5300 Vitamix will have a price reduction on vitamix.com (from $ 359 to $ 299) from February 15th to February 29th only (while supplies last).

Use our affiliate code, 06-009026 to get FREE SHIPPING and a FREE Green Marketplace Cookbook (just let us know so we can confirm your order)!! 

Kari – kari@naturewiseplants.com

Happy New Year 2016

What are your 2016 Resolutions?

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It’s always great to make a new year’s resolution but it should be one you can actually accomplish! Think small, practical, and meaningful. How about:

  • Meatless Mondays – eating one meal a week that does not contain meat. Why is this good? It reduces the impact to the environment for one, and if your meal consists of healthy vegetables, grains, and legumes, you are benefiting your health by diversifying your diet! See more¬†at Meatless Monday
  • Eating a healthy breakfast – too many people skip breakfast but it is the¬†most important meal of the day because it’s when we can give our body the protein it needs to go from fat storing mode (starvation) to fat burning mode (thanks to ample protein). Add some fresh eggs and yogurt to your breakfast! Made mini quiches ahead of time or blend yogurt and fresh fruit for a healthy smoothie on the go!
  • Unplug with a walk – Ditch the technology (yes that means cell phones!) and go for a 15 minute walk around your neighborhood, park, river front, or natural area. Take the dog or kids for some much needed exercise. Breathe in fresh air and look for wildlife and neat plants. Do this daily to de-stress, burn a few calories and find peace.
  • Join a local community group – Get to know your neighbors and learn something new by joining a local community group, such as the Florida Native Plant Society, Audubon, Friends of X park, animal shelter, etc. group, Rotary, United Way, and so on. Most of these groups are free or low cost to join, have monthly educational speakers, host events or outings, and all work to DO GOOD in our local community. Get involved! You can find groups listed on Facebook, Florida Today newspaper,¬†http://nbbd.com, online searches, or ask your friends.

 

Whatever you do, do something positive!

Summer at The Green Marketplace

Our Hours Shorten, But There is Still Plenty to Do!

With the heat of summer upon us, we will cut back our hours and only be open in June and July on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. We will close in August but may still have eggs available (check back). This is due to several reasons:

  • Most produce does not grow well in Florida summers. We will have a few things, but not much.
  • People aren’t wanting to do a lot of landscaping when it’s so hot.
  • We have projects we need to get done to improve the marketplace. It is hard to work on these when we are open, plus it is generally dirty, sweaty work. Some key projects you will see are the fencing of the pasture, a new chick tractor, new irrigation in the nursery, and some new landscaping.
  • We all a need a break and hopefully a vacation!
  • We will host some summer day camps.

So as you can see we will still be busy trying to make the Green Marketplace a better experience for everyone but we will try to focus our efforts in the cooler part of the day.

If you need to shop for plants on a day that we are not open, you can schedule an appointment in advance with Kari by calling her at 321-536-1410

So we will plan to see you on Fridays and Saturdays. We will continue to have:

  • Eggs (until the heat slows the hens down too)
  • Raw cow dairy (sold not for human consumption per FL Stats.)
  • Kombucha and Kefir
  • Produce as available (summer fruits, possibly tropical greens, peppers, okra…)
  • Local honey, jams and jellies
  • Hypertufa art (leaves), hand painted pots
  • plenty of plants (native, edible, butterfly attractors…)
  • Heirloom vegetable seeds
  • Handmade and natural skin care
  • Nutrition products

If you are interested in volunteering to work on various projects on our to-do list, please contact us.

Happy Summer!

A Last Blast of Cold (hopefully!) – Then Plant Your Garden

It’s a chilly day here at The Green Marketplace and we’re digging out old sheets and string lights to keep the sensitive plants from freezing. We’ve had several customers over the last month ask us why we don’t have tomato plants for sale yet. Well, this cold is why! We traditionally get our last chance of frost in the middle of February, so we wait to put out tomato plants for sale until the end. We want your gardens to be as successful as possible and while it may be warm in January, it doesn’t mean the warm will last!

So if you’ve already planted, you’ll be getting out your sheets too. If you’ve waited until this cold passes, then we’ll hope to see you out here at our green market in Cocoa in a couple of weeks!

A Game About Herbs

A Board Game That Teaches Families About Healing Herbs!

A friend of mine just told me about a game their family enjoys that actually teaches players how and when to use different herbs for situations that they land on during the game. The game aims to connect kids to nature while teaching them skills they could actually use in real life.

The game is even¬†made with the earth in mind! “Made in the U.S.A. Game box and board are made with 100% recycled chipboard Printed with vegetable oil based inks Water based coating on paper, no varnish Forest Stewardship Council certified paper All material is 100% recyclable” (Learning Herbs.com 2014)

I’m excited to try this game myself!

Heirloom Seed Starting Class 7/18 and 7/19

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Seed starting class this weekend! It’s time to start tomato and pepper seeds (and a few others). Here’s your chance – all supplies provided!

It is time to start certain warm season fall vegetable plants, like tomatoes, peppers, NZ spinach, okra, and eggplant.  Participants will be given a seed starting tray, instructions, soil, and access to at least 20 varieties of heirloom seeds to plant and take home. Get an easy and timely start to your fall vegetable garden!

Pre-registration required.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heirloom-seed-starting-workshop-tickets-12252538673

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