I have a secret….Chocolate Chip COooooOOokies :)

On my last day of break I was looking forward to a nice night in with the fam. I really wanted to make a warm and comforting meal and just sit down and relax. Do you ever know exactly what you want and then you make it and it comes out exactly how you wanted and totally hits the spot. OK well this rarely seems to happen for me but this little stew hit. the. spot.

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Cauliflower, Chicken and Bean Stew or Soup

1.5 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 large carrots

1 bag or head cauliflower

2 tbsp tomato paste

4 cups broth

1 can fire roasted toatoes

1/2 can garbanzo beans

1/2 can white beans

1/2 can white beans pureed

4 chicken tenders

2 tbsp flour

3/4 cup peas

Loaf of bread (optional)

Plain greek yogurt (optional)

Saute the onion in the oil and then add in your carrots and saute for a while longer. Add in your tomato paste and cook for 2 or 3 minutes *it is important to always cook your tomato paste before mixing it into anything! Add your cauliflower and then the broth and roasted tomatoes. Allow to simmer for a bit. Add in 1/2 can of garbanzo beans drained and 1/2 can white beans with liquid. Puree the other half of the white beans and stir in, this acts as an awesome thickener for the soup.

While the soup is simmering away, lightly coat your chicken in flour and brown it in a saute pan. Add a few ladles of broth from the soup, cover the chicken and allow to simmer. Using two forks, tear the chicken apart to shred it and add it all back into the stew. The flour from the chicken will also help the stew to thicken. Add in your peas and then serve up once all the veggies are tender. Toast or grill some bread and top the stew with a dollop of greek yogurt (or sour cream or just cheese !)

Dip your bread into the warm stew and stir in the creamy and tangy yogurt and enjoy.

Well, dinner has to come with dessert right?

Why not “Chocolate Chip Cooooookies” ???

First a little story. My nephew is on this new kick where he will say,

“I have a secret for you!” he then comes up and whispers gently in your ear “chocolate chip cookies” or “gumdrops” or some other delicious and sweet item.

Of course, my sister loves it when she calls her son over and says “I have a secret for you honey” and then whispers in his ear “I love you so much” and Caleb replies, I have a secret for you mommy, gumdrops.”

Wait a second…

He is definitely a member of our lovely family with a sweet tooth like that. I would love to know what he dreams about at night, probably candyland.

Anyways, a few months back our Pastor at church was talking about his absolute favorite recipe, his wife’s chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. My mom finally decided to make them and they were scrumptious. Oh but first I have a secret for you…we used carob chips instead of chocolate chips. My mom had a great time pretending to try and fool my dad with our little secret.

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I put a small scoop of Trader Joe’s greek frozen yogurt in a glass of almond milk to make it cold and enjoyed it along side one of these. A fabulous end to a wonderful meals and restful break.

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Do you have a favorite comfort food or cookie recipe??

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