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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Instant Pot Broccoli Soup Creamy or Not

Are you in the mood for a quick and easy broccoli soup? You can have it creamy or Broth-Y..

Using your Instant Pot, you can prep, cook, and serve this nourishing delicious soup in under 30 minutes.

Making soup in the Instant Pot is a cinch, although this particular summer recipe is equally as easy to make on the stove top.

Argument for using the Instant Pot over the stove top method

The biggest difference between the two methods is that once the Instant Pot is set and sealed, you can walk away without concern of stirring, spill overs, or burning. In addition, it doesn't heat up the kitchen.  My stove top stays perfectly clean and Instant Pot clean up is quick and easy. I prefer using my Instant Pot over my stove top. I feel like it sets me free! 

This flavorful plant based broccoli soup is very appealing.
It's light and creamy and goes well with a variety of toppings. 
The creaminess comes from the vegetables when it's blended, not milk or cream.

Don't like Creamy Soup? Make it broth-y!

I sometimes make this recipe creamy, but personally when it's just for me- I like my soups broth-y rather than creamy, so I do not always blend my soup. Yes, the broccoli will be very soft because it well cooked in the Instant Pot but the flavor that it imparts in the soup is truly amazing.

I took a chance and served this soup broth-y to my son, daughter in law, and grand kids. I thought they might complain because of the very soft broccoli- but NOPE - they ooo-ed and aah-ed about how good it was.. so there you have it - If you don't mind soft broccoli don't bother to puree- If you find it too mushy just puree and enjoy.

Broth-y Version

You can enhance the flavor of the soup by adding topping of your choice. 
I've tried chopped avocado, scallions, vegan grated cheese, sesame seeds, etc.

In addition, you can stir in some nut milk like almond milk or coconut milk to the pureed version. It will make it even lighter and creamier !

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep: 5-10 minutes
Instant Pot Sautee Time: 5 minutes
Instant Pot Cook Time: 1 minute
Adjusted  for the Instant Pot from my stove top recipe: 
Adapted for Oil Free Diets


1/2 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup of vegetable broth for sautéing or olive oil spray
1/2 cup sliced leek  
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 organic carrot, diced
1 rib of organic celery, diced
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
4 full cups of broccoli flowerettes ( fresh or frozen works)
4 cups of tasty vegetable broth ( I use Whole Food 365 organic)
1 and half cups water


Spray bottom of IP ( Instant Pot) with generous olive oil spray ( or if oil free, use 1/2 cup of broth). Add onions and leeks and sautee for about 1 minute. Add garlic, carrot, celery, parsley, and stir well. Continue to sautee for 4 minutes ( adding more spray or broth if necessary). Add broccoli, broth, and water.  Turn off sautee function, change to manual and set for 1 minute! When done, release steam immediately according to your manufacturers directions . When all steam is released, open the IP.
If you want a creamy soup, use an Immersion blender and blend until creamy. If you prefer your soup brothy ( like me) serve as is-

My Notes: 

1. I always use organic broccoli

2. If organic broccoli is not available , I buy frozen organic broccoli from BJ's in a large bag

3. I have started using frozen vegetables again ( didn't for years) because we eat out more often and fresh veggies go bad...

4. When I don't make my own vegetable stock, I tend to buy Whole Foods Organic 365 broth 

5. Dice the carrot and celery small so they will cook faster

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Stopped Bleeding With Cayenne

This is an incredible story regarding home remedies!
I found out the hard way that Cayenne pepper or cayenne liquid extract  is a great way to stop bleeding !

It all started when I bought a new chopping knife that was razor sharp.

As I was cutting tomatoes for our salad,  I accidentally sliced my finger,
Immediately, blood gushing out before I even knew what happened.

Instinctively, I pressed my thumb against the sliced flesh and pressed hard to stop the flow of blood.
My strategy worked as long as I didn't remove my thumb. When I let go, the blood began to gush again . I  tried wrapping my finger in paper towel and pressed hard on the finger.
 Results: Red , bloody, paper towel . I couldn't get the blooding to stop.

 I had a friend over who said, " you've got to stop that bleeding." "If it doesn't stop soon , you may need to get stitches".

 I decided to call my holistic practitioner who told me that he uses Cayenne  Liquid Extract or I could use regular powdered cayenne ( the spice)  to stop bleeding.

Remarkably, I had a small bottle of Cayenne  Liquid Extract in a dropper bottle in the house.
I applied it to the underneath cut part of the skin.
It burned like the Dickens, but the bleeding slowed down.
I applied it again and the bleeding slowed down even more.

Finally after the 4th application , the bleeding actually stopped! It was within 5 minutes!

Yes, I said STOPPED!!~

I couldn't believe it. That was half hour ago .. Now I'm using the finger to type.

That's my story.

This liquid Cayenne is staying in my medicine closet.

I did a little research to find out about Cayenne has qualities that help blood to clot.

PS- Yes, I had to discard the chopped tomatoes - there was probably blood in them too...

Disclaimer: You might want to do some of your own research. I'm just sharing what my holistic practitioner suggested for me. I am not a medical doctor and I am not suggesting that you try it without checking with your medical doctor to see what is best for you. Always consult your medical doctor when and  if you have a medical problem.

Cayenne Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Organic Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) Dried Pepper Tincture Supplement (2 FL OZ)

Have you ever tried it? Tell me about your experience in the comments -

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gluten Free A-Z : Best Roasted Carrot Hot Dogs

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