Have you cleaned out and cleaned up your make-up bag yet this year? No? Now is the time!! Spend some time looking up the ingredients of what you’re currently using and don’t forget to check those expiration dates! I just realized my mascara is over 6 months old and optometrists recommend you replace it every 3 months for eye health! No wonder my eyes have been bugging me…who knows what’s lurking in that tube.Read more “How to Clean Out and Clean Up your Make Up Bag”
Well, who knew??? It’s National Gluten Free Day today!! Anything can be a thing. In honor of this day, developing a path to cleaner living and healthier eating, I wanted to share this delicious, decadent and hearty soup recipe with you all. This non-dairy, gluten and grain free soup is loaded with greens and will disappear before you know if so double up for leftovers! It is a family favorite here in the Snow Happy house and will leave you feeling all warm and cozy.
Let’s take a quick minutes to talk ingredients:
I always buy organic greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, you name it) because heavy pesticides are used when growing this type of produce. Typically, farmers use a lot of pesticides to grow anything not super disease resistant or produce that bugs love. I highly recommend checking out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists as a great place to start when evaluating what’s most important to buy organic.
Gnocchi is a really fun way to involve the kids in cooking if you have the time. But, when you don’t, and you need grain and gluten-free pastas, I highly recommend Cappello’s. The gnocchi is an amazing stand-in for the real deal and their almond flour based pasta is fresh and takes like homemade egg noodles. Need I say more?
When buying coconut milk, be sure to read the label (well, really, read the label on anything that didn’t come directly from a tree, bush or the dirt) to make sure the ingredients include coconut cream and coconut water. Many brands add fillers and gums for consistency and to keep it from separating, but I prefer it as nature intended!! Separation? No problem. Stir well if you need a small amount and if you don’t just dump the whole thing in!!
And finally, beware the ingredient list on any store bought stock. Look out for words like “natural” and “flavoring” and sugar. I know, don’t even get me started on why there is sugar in the stock. The organic stocks are typically okay, but give that box a read nonetheless. I try to keep homemade on hand, but you know, sometimes you just need things to be easy!
Just a note on gluten-free eating…it’s not for everyone for sure. We definitely practice eating in moderation around here and love a crusty loaf of sourdough and pasta, but we are working on gut-healing and for now, avoiding gluten is part of our plan. You can most certainly modify this recipe with ingredients that suits your family’s dietary needs and tastes (sub high-quality organic milk for coconut milk and/or pasta for the gnocci or almond noodles). I love soups because they are flexible and forgiving!!
Hope you enjoy!!!
Creamy Sausage and Greens Soup with Gnocchi
- 2 tbsp extra olive oil or ghee
- 1 small diced onion
- 1 lb italian turkey sausage Ground turkey works well, too. Just add a couple teaspoons of italian seasoning to taste.
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 bunches kale, chard or spinach chopped or torn Any greens will work. Frozen is great, too! If using fresh kale or chard, remove from stem before chopping
- 2 cups coconut milk (1 can)
- 2 tsp dijon mustard Or 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 12-15 oz gnocci or pasta
- Heat oil or ghee in a large stockpot and saute onion until translucent. Then add sausage and cook until browned.
- Once meat is browned, add garlic and saute a few minutes (you will start to smell it). Add stock, remaining seasonings and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer.
- Add greens and stir in coconut milk, mustard and vinegar. Bring back to a simmer.
- In the last few minutes of cooking, add gnocchi or pasta. Simmer until cooked through (the fresh pastas will only take a minute or so; dried longer). If planning leftovers, some prefer prepare gnocchi or pasta separately and add to each bowl so it doesn't break down too much when storing).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste!
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a formal skin care routine. Since I cleared up my acne, I never really got back to taking care of my skin – soap and water and a moisturizer. But, now, nearing a new decade, years of sun-damage becoming apparent and my skin just feeling “congested” (no acne, but dull and clogged pores), I knew it was time to face it head on. I tried all kinds of “natural” and “organic” products without results. (Not to mention, with the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry, those words have little meaning).
I don’t know about you, my friend, but kiddos got out of school today for break and really feels like we’re getting into the holidays now! We are all ready for a break from the routine! And, to kick off the weekend, I’m really excited to let you all know about a Beautycounter sale…cleaner safer beauty favorites for less? Yes, please!!! This article includes affiliate/commission links. But, here at Snow Happy, you can trust 1) we will only review and promote products we have tried, and 2) we will always be honest with you.Read more “Beautycounter Big Clean Sale: My Top 5 Faves”
I don’t know about you guys, but the colds and other mysterious viruses are hitting hard around here. How do you stay ahead of it? How do you get over it? The struggle is really, especially with kids in school. About a year ago, we jumped on the green smoothie train. We had been spinning up smoothies for years, never had they been so green!! But, loaded with nutrients, we find they help boost our immune systems and are an amazing energy boost to start the day. We just plain feel better! Our kids love them, too!Read more “Energize Your Day and Boost your Immune System: Our Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe”
Happy Holidays, my Snow Happy friends! I am so excited to bring you our first gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for even the hardest to shop for on your list! We are staying true to our mission and will only bring you products we use and love – our Favorite Things! This article includes affiliate/commission links. But, here at Snow Happy, you can trust 1) we will only review and promote products we have tried, and 2) we will always be honest with you.
Grain-free and stuffing just don’t seem like two words that even make sense in the same sentence, let alone the same recipe! But, let me tell you, this recipe is the bees knees and hits all the amazingness that is stuffing. I mean stuffing IS the reason I show up for Thanksgiving dinner. It is what keeps me munching on leftovers long after the plates have been cleared and the last crumb of pie licked clean.Read more “Cleaning Eating: Delicious Grain-Free Stuffing Recipe”
Well, this doesn’t sound a lot like helping us find the joy of winter or how much fun it is to ski with your kids or a ski resort review. No, you’re right, it doesn’t!! But, I am really excited to expand Snow Happy and the topics we cover. As you know, I feel really strongly that we have a responsibility to protect where we play…as in the environment. A part of that is using cleaner, less toxic or non-toxic products on our bodies and in our homes. I am also believe that being “Snow Happy” means we are living our best life…the healthiest in mind, body and spirit.Read more “How to Get Started with Clean Skin Care: An Introduction to Beautycounter”
Hello, Snow Happy community!! One of things we care about here at Snow Happy is protecting this great Earth that provides for our daily adventures. And, one of the ways we do this is by using as little single-use plastic items as possible, like packing zero waste lunches when we are on the go. Recently, I got a new phone and the amount packaging was shocking (think those kids’ toys at Christmas levels of packaging), which held a non-recyclable plastic phone case.Read more “Review: A Compostable Phone Case by Pela Case”
I want to share with you all something that has been on my heart lately and always bubbling below the surface. How much packaging and plastic that enters and leaves my house each week. I know, I know, touchy subject, but this isn’t about climate change or global warming.Read more “Want to Pack Zero Waste Lunches for your daily adventures? 3 simple tips to get started today!”