Peanut Butter Vegetable Soup

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Today I am featuring my dear friend, Annelise, she is an amazing Mommy to 2 adorable boys. She shared this recipe with me and I had to call and ask her if I read it right? Peanut butter in soup? I didn’t know… But, she confirmed it and I gave it a try! Wonderful! 
Below you will find 2 recipes, hers and mine. Not that I thought it need to be changed I just used what I had on hand and she says any veggie will work . This is that kind of soup that your grandma made, you know it’s always a bit different. Great way to clean out the fridge and it also freezes well!!
Peanut Butter – Vegetable Chicken Soup
8 c Chicken Broth (if broth is salty, use only 4 cups broth, the rest water)
2 c Diced cooked chicken
1 c peeled and diced potatoes (sweet potato’s are awesome in this soup too!)
1 c diced carrots
1 c diced zuccini
1 c broccoli or cauliflower florets
1 c diced tomatoes (I use one can of diced tomatoes from the store)
1/2 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped green pepper (I use red)
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
1 c peanut butter (add more to taste – I use simply jiff)
1 Tbs minced fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried
S&P to taste
If you like a little kick add Cayenne pepper 🙂
In a large pot combine broth, chicken, carrots and potato – bring to a boil and cook for about 10 min or so.Add zuk, broc/cauli, toatoes, celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic – simmer for 8 min or so.Add peanut butter (make sure to taste and add more if needed), S&P and stirring until pb is melted and fully blended. Simmer for 4 more min.You can cook longer, but the main thing is to make sure potatoes and veggies are cooked to your liking. Enjoy :)!
My version:
4 cups each chicken stock & chicken broth
1 sweet potato, cubed
1 baking potato, cubed
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 28oz can whole tomatoes with juice, broken up with a fork (I like the texture)
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups leftover stew beef
1 cup baby lima beans
1 cup green beans
1 cup corn
several dashes Worcestershire sauce
S & P to taste
dash of red pepper (goes great with the peanut butter!)
In large pot combine broth, potatoes, carrots, celery & onion cook for 10-15 mins add tomatoes, peanut butter & beef cook for another 10 mins or so then add remaining ingredients. I let mine simmer on low for the entire afternoon! YUMMY!!

Birdie’s Cheese Steak

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This is one I just pulled out of my hat as I couldn’t decide what to do with the Stew Beef I had thawed. My original plan was satisftying my tastebuds so I concocted a new recipe. They sometimes just come to me!!
Stew Beef
1 Tb canola oil
s & p
1 Tb taco seasoning
1 can beef broth
I seared off my stew meat really quick in just a little canola oil & spices.
Then tossed it in the crockpot with a can of beef broth zapped on high as I did not start dinner till almost 2pm!
1 lg onion sliced
reserved pan drippings
1 Tb butter
2 Tb balsamic vinegar
3 hrs later I carmelized some onions in the same drippings I had from the meat. I added butter & balsamic just before adding beef back to onion mix.
Garlic Bread
Cheese (I used Swiss)
I had 1/2 of a garlic bread left from last night so I thought why not do open faced Philly Cheese Steaks. Garlic bread top with beef & onions and a slice of swiss cheese (again what I had on hand, you could use provolone, cheddar, whatever you have. Place under broiler for 3 mins just to melt cheese. It was fantastic!!

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Pop’s Stew Beef

Sundays as a child were always spent going to church and then heading over to Mimi & Pop’s for Sunday lunch. These are some of my most favorite memories and I am feeling nostalgic and thought I would share some of my most fav recipes. The funny thing is my Pop always did the cooking because when Mimi would cook it was the running joke that she would add a can of pineapple, raisins or heaven forbid coconut! (I HATE coconut!!) Therefore to keep Sundays running smoothly Helen aka Mimi was most always told to stay out of the kitchen!! Here is one of my favs a true classic ~Stew Beef~ (I don’t think Pop ever used the crockpot but, I have found this to be the easiest way to prepare)
Stew Beef, cut in 1 in pieces
Season with salt & pepper
Sear in hot pan with vegetable oil to get a nice caramelizing. 5-7mins
Put meat in warm crockpot and add the following:
1 can beef broth
1/2 can water
1 pkt Lipton Onion soup mix
Worcestershire sauce
Let this cook on low 6-8hrs the longer the better.
Serve with rice or mashed potatoes which ever you prefer! ENJOY!