Easter Leftovers Great for Split Pea & Ham Soup

3082931958_1e1257b391_zIt’s hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner and we’ll all be stuffing ourselves with ham dinners. Gotta love leftovers! But when you get sick of the ham sandwiches, what else can you try that will extend the life of your yummy ham? Try this split pea and ham soup recipe. You can get all the fresh ingredients you need at Butte Creek Mill.

Ingredients

For this tasty home-made soup, you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 stalk chopped celery
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1/2 pound split peas
  • Fresh thyme, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then toss in the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook over medium heat until all the veggies are tender — just a little over five minutes or so. Add in the broth, ham, peas and seasoning, then simmer for one hour. You can top with cheese, croutons or crumbled crackers for that extra crunchy flavor. This is a simple yet tasty way to make good use of your leftover ham from Easter. You can also easily pick up a bag of split peas from Butte Creek Mill for a hearty early spring treat!

Popcorn, it’s yummy and here is a great recipe for it!

6457422009_fbbb349d9b_mMaple-Cashew Popcorn

Tired of the same-old, been-there-done-that bowl of popcorn you serve during all your family movie nights? Want to spice it up a little? Well, you can with maple-cashew popcorn, which combines just the right blend of spicy and sweet for a treat everyone will devour. First, pick up a bag of white GMO-free organically-grown popcorn kernels from Butte Creek Mill. With no genetically modified organisms and all-natural beginnings, this popcorn represents a healthier alternative to the kind you pick up from the corner market.

Ingredients

1/4 cup GMO-free Butte Creek Mill popcorn kernels (this will make six cups popped corn)

1 tbsp canola oil

1/4 cup dry-roasted cashews

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

Instructions

Turn your stove heat to medium and coat with canola oil. Meanwhile, place parchment paper in a jelly-roll pan. Once the oil is heated, add the popcorn kernels to the pan and put the lid on. Cook about two minutes, shaking the pan all the while. You’ll hear the kernels popping fast and furious; when the popping dies down, take the pan off the heat and let it sit for one minute. Add the cashews.
In a small pot, add the sugar and all other ingredients, bringing it up to a boil. Stir well for about one minute, then take off the heat. This is your maple syrup mixture. Pour it over your popcorn, then toss to make sure all popped corn is coated with the sweet concoction. Put this mixture into the jelly roll pan and allow to cool before serving.

So, the next time you reach for that bag of microwave popcorn, think again. Pick up some GMO-free kernels
from Butte Creek Mill and try this recipe instead for a sweet and salty treat!

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5 Hearty Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Morning off Right!

Photo Credit - Avelino Maestas

Photo Credit – Avelino Maestas

It’s no joke that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it and don’t reach for that doughnut. Instead, try these hearty breakfast ideas to start the day off right. Incorporating healthy foods like grains, oatmeal, fruit and yogurt into your first meal of the day will keep you going strong all day long.

Oatmeal with Fruit

Instead of always opting for the instant oatmeal, try homemade oatmeal using Butte Creek Mill’s porridge-style Scottish oatmeal. You just need two cups of water and some salt, bringing it to a boil on the stove top. Add a half cup of the oatmeal and cook on low for five minutes. Add freshly sliced strawberries, bananas, blueberries and raisins on top for a breakfast that will take you clear to lunch.

Lowfat Yogurt with Granola

Choose your favorite lowfat yogurt and top it with one of Butte Creek Mill’s special granola mixes. Whether you like coconut almond, low fat strawberry/raspberry, French vanilla almond, apple cinnamon, maple pecan or wild blueberry, you can transform any cup of yogurt into a full breakfast meal.

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Photo Credit – smittenkittenorig

Whole Wheat Farina Pancakes

Instead of the traditional white flour-based pancake mixes available commercially, try making your own tasty whole wheat farina pancakes with whole wheat flour. With just four grams of fiber, these pancakes pack a hearty punch thanks to sweet and savory ingredients like golden raisins, applesauce, walnuts and vanilla soy milk.

Barley Cereal

Barley is known for its amazing health effects in the reduction of blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Because it’s packed with fiber, barley cereal makes a great breakfast choice. All you have to do is boil three cups of water for every cup of rolled barley flakes you want, cooking over a stove top for about an hour. Even though it takes a while to cook, you can cook enough for the entire week and just microwave a new batch every morning. Sweeten with anything from agave nectar to honey, and sprinkle nuts or dried fruit on top.

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Photo Credit – blair_25

Grains and Nuts Cereal

For a quick bowl of nutrition before heading out the door, fill a bowl with grains and nuts cereal, add lowfat cow’s milk, soy milk or almond milk, and you’ll be good to go. This cereal contains wheat, rye, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, oats and triticale, which is a combination of wheat and rye.

Check out Butte Creek Mill’s selection of cereals, whole grains and oats when you’re looking to incorporate hearty additions to your breakfast routine.

Winter Rice Cookies

The weather outside may be frightening, but your kitchen is nice and warm! Get baking this winter with some comfort food that reminds you of Mom’s house — with a twist. For this recipe, you’ll need some of our Butte Creek Mill rice flour. Good news is, our rice flour is gluten free! We stone ground all our flours right here at the mill so you know our products are the freshest they can be.

Winter Rice Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • Rice flour, 8 oz.
  • Sugar, 4 oz.
  • Egg, 1
  • Unsalted butter, 4 oz.
  • Ground cardamom, 1 tsp.
  • Rose water, 1 tbsp.
  • Baking powder, ½ tsp.
Instructions
  1. You'll need to start these cookies a day in advance, as they have to sit in the fridge overnight. First, melt the butter, and then mix it with the sugar in a mixing bowl until you get a creamy consistency.
  2. Add in the egg and mix that up before adding in the rose water.
  3. Slowly pour in the flour and cardamom, mixing as you go.
  4. Knead the mixture into a dough form and then place in the refrigerator for the night.
  5. In the morning, set the dough out on the counter for a half hour or so to bring it to a warmer temperature.
  6. Using a roller, flatten out the dough and cut out cookie shapes using a cookie cutter.
  7. Place the shapes on a tray lined with wax paper.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees F. Then take a look at them: are they still wet? Place in the oven for another couple of minutes. When they look dry and white, take out of the oven and cool. You can serve them as soon as they have cooled down.
These make great cookies to celebrate the new year, as white is a symbol of hope! Don’t forget to check out Butte Creek Mills for all the fresh ground flours you need to make your holiday kitchen the warmest around.