Sunday, June 24, 2012

Floor Food and Corn, Potato, and Bacon Soup

I don't know about you, but when I cook, half of it ends up on the floor.  A broom, cloth, and apron are my 3 most important items when cooking.  Somehow, no matter how hard I try, I am covered in oil and sauce and my floor is scattered with vegetables and meat.  I'm not too handy with the flipper buddy and my boyfriend, Blaine, knows he will be ducking and diving for cover almost every time I pick the utensil up.

And don't get me started on baking.  That's a whole other story.  Why is it so hard to keep all of the dry ingredients in the bowl??  When the recipe says it makes 12, I double my recipe.  After mixing with a whisk or beater, half of it covers the entire counter, apron, and floor, while the other half seems to safely be in the bowl.  So, in the end, I come out with 12.

And then there's the dishes.  Does anyone else somehow use ALL of their dishes to make one meal?  Every measuring cup, spoon, knife, cutting board, frying pan and plate ends up in the sink.  Do I forget that I already used one?  Do I really need to use a new utensil or cutting board every time I chop or scoop something new?  Luckily, I do most of the cooking and Blaine does most of the kitchen cleaning.  Bahahaha....jokes on him!

The last step of my meal or baked goods making is a shower.  I need to wash the oil off my arms, scrub the sauces off my skin, and shampoo the dry ingredients out of my hair.  It is quite the process!

Let's get down to today's recipe.  I love a good soup.  Soup truly does warm the soul, even on a hot summer day.  Corn, potato and bacon soup is my favourite summer soup.

Corn, Potato and Bacon Soup

-Salt and pepper
-2 cups almond or coconut milk (or, you can use fat-free skim milk)
-4 oz turkey bacon
-1 cup red bell pepper
-1 can whole kernel corn or 4 pieces corn on the cob
-1/4 cup chopped onion
-1/2 cup celery
-1/2 cup green beans
-1 medium potato
-Olive oil
-Hot sauce

1. Boil potato and when soft, mash.
2. Take out a large sauce pan and put the oil in it.  Fry up the celery, onion, green beans, red pepper, and corn for about 5-6 minutes.  (You can also use vegetables like broccoli, asparagus or any other veggies you enjoy).
3. Put the bacon and milk into the saucepan and stir.  Stir in the mashed potato and mix together.  Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce (only as much as you like).  Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

And, yum!!

Now, I will warn you that some people with Crohn's disease don't respond well to corn.  It's one of those things that can go on either side of the fence.  For me, it isn't a problem.

In my previous post, I already told you the benefits of red bell peppers.  Delicious and full of vitamins and antioxidants.  Green beans also contain a fabulous amount of vitamins, as well as they act as a laxative to protect the membrane of the colon.  Beans also contain Iron and magnesium, which are very important for those with Crohn's and Bipolar disorder.  Celery contains Vitamin C and and other compounds, that may help lower cholesterol and chances of getting cancer.

Voila! A wonderful summer soup.

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