Italian Sausage soup

2 tbsp olive oil
Heat up the oil in a large soup pot, like a dutch oven on medium heat.

Add;
1/2 large onion, chopped
Let the onions get clear, stirring frequently.

Then add;
4 cloves garlic, minced
dried oregano
dried basil
dried parsley or fresh or frozen purree
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
4 hot Italian sausages, cooked and sliced
1/2 can diced tomatoes
1 package frozen chopped spinach
2 c navy beans (I use dried beans, soak, then cook before adding but canned are good too.)
chicken broth to cover and bring up to the top of the pot.

Just add the ingredients in the order given, bring up to a simmer, taste, correct seasoning if necessary, then eat.

Chicken Shwarma

1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup plain yogurt (sour cream works in a pinch, or buttermilk or sour milk)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1 tsp shwarma spice
1/4 tsp cardamom
2 chicken thighs
1 chicken breast (or some combination of chicken meat)
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces or strips. Stir all ingredients together and let marinate at least 4 hours. Overnight is better.

Bake at 350 F for about half an hour or until chicken is cooked.

Sauce;
1/2 c tahini
1/4 c plain yogurt
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried
salt and pepper to taste
Mix together in a small bowl and let sit until you’re ready to eat.

4 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced or some green onion, chopped
some shredded lettuce
pita bread

Smear pita bread with the sauce, then add chicken and veggies. Roll it up and eat it.

Applesauce Cake

I didn’t find the recipe I was looking for so I changed one that was close and this is what I came up with;

3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash cloves

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups yogurt
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan (that’s an angel food cake pan) I haven’t tried but I’m sure a bundt pan would work or a 9 X 13 or 2 8 inch squares or a square and a round or muffins…

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together and set aside.
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, add sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, mix together and pour into prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

I think it would be great with walnuts stirred in, raisins or even cranberries.