Sweet Potato Basil Soup

It has been almost 3 full weeks since I began my paleo challenge with Crossfit Hook’d. Last night I started feeling as if I were getting a cold, so I decided a freezing Friday afternoon is the perfect day to make a crockpot soup! Soup always makes us feel better, right? I got this recipe from http://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-basil-soup/

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes, diced
1/2 a yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried basil
1, 14 oz. can coconut milk
1 cup organic vegetable broth

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in your crockpot.
Stir together.
Cook on high for 3 hours.
Add soup to food processor or blender and purée until smooth.
This soup would be delicious served with bacon & sour cream, or some crumbed sausage on top!

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Tuna Macaroni Salad

For memorial day, I made a big batch of tuna macaroni salad to accompany burgers and dogs! A simple and quick side dish that is great for a picnic.

Ingredients:
1 pound medium shell pasta
1 cup frozen peas
3 cans chunk white tuna (small cans)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 onion, diced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Cook pasta according about 8 minutes so it’s al dente.
While cooking, mix together tuna with mayonnaise, mustard, frozen peas, onions, and s&p in a very large bowl.
Drain and rinse pasta with cold water.
Add cooled pasta to tuna mixture.
Cover and refrigerate a few hours before serving.

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Mozzarella and Tomato, Pesto, Pasta Salad

For my cousins birthday dinner we are just gonna grill up some hot dogs and hamburgers, so what better day to bring a pasta salad! This pasta salad combines some of my favorite things so if you love a classic caprese salad and pesto sauce then you will love this!!
Recipe from: http://www.theitalianfork.com

Ingredients for Pesto:
1-2 cups of basil leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
Salt
Pepper
Parmesan Cheese

Directions for Pesto:
In a food processor, add washed basil leaves, olive oil, cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper.
Pulse for about 20 seconds until you get a pastey mixture.
Scoop into a bowl an refrigerate.

Ingredients for Pasta:
1 box Penne pasta
1 container Roma tomatoes, halved
Small container or mini mozzarella balls, halved

Directions for Pasta:
Boil water in a large pot.
Add penne and cook for about 12 minutes.
Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water until the pasta is cool.
Put pasta in a large bowl.
Add pesto and mix well.
Add the halved tomatoes and mozzarella and mix.
Refrigerate until ready to serve!

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