Kitchen Hacks, Soup Hacks, Soups

Soup Hacks

Where I live in Canada today it is really cold. This was just posted 4 minutes ago:

It is currently -23 C where I live and much colder with the wind chill factor

Anyhow, it is a great time for enJOYing hot and nourishing soup. Yesterday I made a delicious pot of soup along with some other goodies like a small meatloaf (something I rarely make), a Cajun Rice & Chicken dish, and my soup. I had 3 of my favorite pots on the go: 🙂 Two cooked in the oven with the chicken and meatloaf and the other stove top for the soup. Oh and also in the pic is small stainless steel pot which boiled a small batch of potatoes.

3 of my red cast iron pots. I have more too lol in different colors. I use these pots often and I have a couple of locations where I spend my time so they are spread out over 3 kitchens 🙂

Soup Hacks

Today I thought I would share a couple of hacks for soup. I rarely, if ever, follow a recipe to make soup. It is usually create as I go and use what I have, which involves finishing up other food items.

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Beef, One Pot Wonder, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

I love using the slow cooker and cook with it several times a week. In fact, I am out at my lake house right now making this blog post and I have a slow cooker meal on back at the main house for Hubs. 🙂

I ran across this video that has an easy recipe for doing a chuck roast in the slow cooker. I am sure any cut of lower end beef would work. If I do a more expensive roast like Prime Rib I like to do it in the oven, but for cheaper cuts, the slow cooker is your BFF.

And it’s so easy. Just set it and forget it!

Here is the video:

Short Video with Instructions for doing a Chuck Roast in a Slow Cooker

Here are the ingredients for you to make it easier:

3 lb Chuck Roast

1/3 Cup Flour (substitute Gluten Free Flour if needed)

1 Tbsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper (I would add more – I love pepper!)

Mix & coat the roast and sear in a hot pan. I prefer cast iron for this.

Put in slow cooker with:

1 cup chopped red onion (could use white or both)

1 celery stalk chopped

1 carrot chopped (I would add several larger pieces of carrot to go with the meal)

3 chopped garlic cloves

1 28 oz can of tomoates

2 cups of red wine

1 Tbsp parsley

1 Tbsp Sage

1/2 Tbsp salt

1 Bayleaf

Cook on low for 8 hours and then enJOY!

And just a reminder that recipes are only guidelines. Get creative and add in what you like. Oh and don’t forget to save the leftover broth for soups or gravies. You can freeze it in little jars or plastic bags. I prefer the jars.

Here is a link to one of my own slow cooker roasts

Here is a link to 470 slow cooker recipe book that is great to have on hand!

If you make this, please let me know how it turned out for you and if you changed anything up. 🙂 Bon Appetite!

Oh and if you want a steal of a deal here is a great cookbook to get your started on your slow cooker journey or to add to your recipe index. 🙂 I am charging only a small fee for this book to help cover the costs associated with blogging this information. 🙂 Just click anywhere on that lovely roast below to go to the order page. And if you want to SAVE even more, just SHARE the link with a friend or two to save 25%. Then you are getting the book for $1.50! Less than the price of a cup of coffee. 🙂

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Greens, Juicing, Kale, Melons, Spinach, Watermelon

Watermelon Quencher Plus

Another juicing recipe using watermelon. In addition to the watermelon, we’ve added in spinach, kale and cucumber. This may turn out deliciously red, but you are getting your greens at the same time, which is nice.


4 cups watermelon

1 cup baby spinach

1 cup kale

1 large cucumber



Add ingredients to the juicer alternating between each of them. Garnish with a sprig or two of mint leaves.

(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Keep your vitality. A life without health is like a river without water. ♥

Maxime Lagacé
Integrative Medicine, Wholistic Health

Integrative Medicine For YOU and By YOU!


Integrative medicine means treating the whole person as in mind, body, and spirit. This is quite different than treating a disease.

I encourage you to see your own self-care and wellness plan for daily living with integrative medicine in mind. If you can see your daily wellness goals in a nature that is condusive for inclusion rather than focusing on a symptom or a disease label for example.

What to include? Here are a few ideas but are by no means all of the possible ideas you could have to thinking wholistically when it comes to your health and healing.


Our bodies have the natural ability to heal themselves and to bring about homeostasis or balance. Consider ways to aid your body, mind and spirit, in being balanced before they becomes unbalanced. Think of this whole situation as a set of scales and you DO NOT want the scales to tip.

You do not want the scales of your health to tip the wrong way because when it tips, it tips!

So by adding in more healthy things into your day you can help keep the balance. More sunshine, more walks, more water, more nutrients, more laughter, more meditation, more greens, more fruit… more, more … more. 🙂

Natural Healing

Because the body has the ability to heal itself, when seeking ‘treatment’ for any ailments you might have, keep this in mind. Consider how can you aid in the treatment(s) you are receiving by adding in extra helpers or things that can help restore that balance? Look for ways to add in more enhancements that aid in healing and in wellness.

Take Responsibility & Be Proactive

Ultimately it is your body, your mind and your spirit that we are talking about here and the more YOU can take charge and be proactive and involved as an important proponent of your health care and wellness management, the more integrative the approach becomes and the better chance to balance the scales in a positive way.

I hope you find this helpful. As always, when I write, I remind and encourage my own-self with my words. Great reminder Maggie! Thanks 🙂

Fruit, Juicing, Melons, Strawberries, Watermelon

Strawberry Watermelon Delight

You just can’t go wrong with these two fruits! Watermelons 🍉🍉🍉 and Strawberries. 🍓🍓🍓

I wrote a blog post in the past called ♥ “Miraculous Melons”. ♥ They really are amazing. Make sure you read this one too so you can get excited about how healing and nutrient dense melons are. Here is the link to Miraculous Melons (っ◔◡◔)

And Here is the Juicy Juice Recipe:


1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non dairy milk of choice

1 cup frozen strawberries 🍓🍓🍓

1 cup watermelon 🍉🍉🍉

1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 cup ice


Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until it reaches a smooth texture. EnJOY and drink often.

“Strawberries always fill my heart with joy.” 🍓🍓🍓 JOY JOY JOY

― Anthony T. Hincks

Fruit, heavy metals, Micronutrients, Oranges, Vitamin C

Say Y♥E♥S to Oranges! 💋♡

Lately I have fallen More in Love with Oranges! And why not? With all this talk of the coronavirus and just colds and flus in general, it is always good to incorporate more micro-nutrients that come from things such as fruits and veggies into your daily life.

Oranges are ˜”°•.˜”°• AMAZING •°”˜.•°”˜ and are not only absolutely delicious but are also nutritional powerhouses! We all know they are loaded with good old Vitamin C, but there is so much more to oranges.

I am always learning from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and here are some things he says about oranges:

Protect Against Viruses & Heavy Metals

. Oranges (and their cousins, tangerines and grapefruits) are full of the coenzyme glutathione, which goes into activation because of their high content of flavonoids and limonoids. Together, glutathione, flavonoids, and limonoids fight off viruses, protect the body from radiation damage, and deactivate toxic heavy metals in the system.


. Oranges and tangerines are also abundant in a form of bioactive calcium you can’t get anywhere else. The body instantly absorbs this calcium, which means that these citrus beauties actually help regrow teeth, not destroy them.

Kidney & Gallstones

Their acid content is not destructive; rather, it works for you by dissolving kidney stones and gallstones.

Liver Love!

. Oranges and tangerines: Provide a combination of calcium and vitamin C; when both are combined from the same food source, the liver can use both better than it could from separate sources.


. Oranges have been called a “perfect food” and contain an amazing array of healing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, folate, beta carotene, lutein, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

Cancer/High Blood Pressure/Viral Infections/Constipation/Strong Teeth/Macular Degeneration

. Oranges have been known to help prevent cancer, lower high blood pressure, fight off viral infections, relieve constipation, keep bones and teeth strong, prevent kidney stones and macular degeneration.

Prevent Acidosis/Remove Toxic Debris From Colon

. Oranges are rich in lime and alkaline salts that help to counteract and prevent acidosis in the body. They are also excellent for the digestive tract and help to remove toxic debris from the colon through enhanced peristaltic action. 

Eye & Lung Function

. Oranges contain a significant amount of glutathione which is critical for healthy eye and lung function

Respiratory Issues/Cardiovascular Support

. Oranges are very good for respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis and cardiovascular issues such as hypertension and COPD. 

Purify/Natural Antiseptic/Strengthen Organs

. Oranges act as an internal antiseptic to the body and have the ability to purify and strengthen all the organs in the body.

Colds & Flu

. Oranges contain anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties which are particularly beneficial for those suffering with a cold or flu or an auto-immune disorder such as shingles, arthritis, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and raynaud’s disease.

Weight Loss

. Oranges are an excellent weight loss food due to their high pectin content which also helps to reduce blood cholesterol.

Notes on Oranges:

. Fresh squeezed orange juice is a predigested food and allows for immediate absorption of all it’s abundant healing properties. 

. Oranges are an ideal “fast food”, easy to transport, delicious to eat, and provide a steady form of energy throughout the day.

. be aware that orange juice will lose the majority of its vitamin C content within 30 minutes of being squeezed, so for optimum results drink immediately

. Whole oranges, peeled or cut in slices, are the best option as the fiber and pith is where so many of the phytonutrients and healing properties are contained. 

There you have it. I for one bought two cases of oranges yesterday and have been on an orange fest. I hope that you too, delight in these amazing, nutritional powerhouses that are truly gifts from the Gods! EnJOY!

A picture of an orange slice with the words: “Any way we slice it, we need to be eating oranges :-)”
Honey, Manuka Honey, Skin Care

Manuka Honey 21 Complex

Manuka Honey is well known for its healing properties. Check out the additional amazing ingredients in this soothing skin cream! I love this product and will always have it on hand. I never want to be without it. You can view the details below:

Manuka Honey 21 Complex
Manuka Honey 21 Complex is blended with active New Zealand 12+ Manuka honey and twenty-one additional active organic botanicals such as, aloe fillet gel, carrot, orange, avocado and pumpkin. The unique phytonutrient complex supports skin repair and promote skin health by providing a rich complex of essential vitamins (A, C, E & K) and minerals, antioxidants/bioflavonoids, beneficial amino acids and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9).

Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice (Fillet Gel)▴
Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Fruit Oil▴
Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil▴
Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil▴
Sodium Hydroxide (mineral-salt)
Manuka Honey 12+
Theobroma Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Nut) Butter▴
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter▴
Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
Potassium Sorbate (mineral-salt)
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)/Carthamus tinctorius L. (Safflower) Seed Oil▴
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (virgin, cold pressed)▴
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil▴
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil (virgin, cold pressed)▴
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Oil▴(virgin, cold pressed)
Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil▴
Myroxylon pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil▴
Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) Oil▴
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract▴
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil▴
Glycerin (vegetable-derived)
Ascorbic Acid (vegetable-derived)
▴Certified Organic Ingredient

No gluten • corn • soy • artificial fragrances and dyes • parabens • phthalates • silicones formaldehyde • petroleum • BPA • PEGs • MEA • DEA • TEA • GMOs • Nano-particles

How to Apply

Skin: Place a small amount in the palm of the hand and apply directly to affected skin areas. Safe for use after breastfeeding.
Hair: Place a small amount of cream in the palm of the hand and rub both hands together lightly coating your fingers and palm with cream. Run hands through dry damaged hair until you achieve desired smoothing. Can style as usual, or apply a heavier coating for overnight nourishment. Use cream lightly so hair does not appear greasy. Use as often as needed.

Cautions and Warnings
Wash hands after use. Keep away from eyes. Not for consumption. This product is not a sunscreen, but is recommended for after the sun care.

You can learn more about the product here and even order if it is something that you are interested in. There are also many other great nutritional products here to view as well. Please note that this is for Canada only… You’re welcome my Canadian friends. 🙂 Oh and you will be prompted for you email address when you click through. It’s just how the site works but it does not mean you have to purchase anything. 🙂

Maggie's Cooking Corner, Maggie's Soups, Soups

Chicken Noo Noo Soup

When my daughter was little I would always call noodles ‘noo noos’ and I admit I still do it to this day lol!

Today I made some rock star Chicken Noo Noo soup using some leftover turkey soup stock I had made at Christmas time from the leftover turkey carcass. After making it I froze it in a mason jar for future use. Actually I got several jars from the batch which is cool.

Class jar with my turkey stock from my Christmas Turkey

I do not waste anything when it comes to food. I love using these go-to’s for creations like today’s soup that I made.

Check out this video I made of the soup as it was cooking. And note the noo noos are not in here yet… they were boiling on the stove burner behind. I don’t like to add them until just before serving. So they too will go in a mason jar or similar and only be added to the soup as I warm up what I am eating at one sitting. However, if you are wondering what the things in the soup that look like noodles are, they are cauliflower shreds! From one of those bags of slaw type veggies. I love using those for soups and such. One day I will share with you all my pea soup hack that makes it way more nutrient dense without anyone even knowing… but shh you will have to promise not to tell though 😉

7 second video of my chicken soup cooking and looking all delicious like 🙂

And these are the noo noos I used. Actually this was my first time using these and I have to say I like them the best for Chicken Noodle Soup. They are La Molisana Semi Di Melone N 61, Trafilata Al Bronzo. So I have no idea what all that means but anyhoo here is a picture of the delightful little critters.

The little noodles I add to the chicken soup just before eating so they don’t get all mushy. Aka “Noo Noos” 🙂

In closing I want to remind everyone that you do not need a recipe to cook soup. I never make it the same twice. You throw in whatever you have around the kitchen that remotely seems like it will go with the style of soup you are making. 🙂

Have fun with soup making and use up those odds and ends in the fridge and freezer. :-))

Leafy Greens, medical medium, Micronutrients

Leafy 🅶🆁🅴🅴🅽🆂 to The Rescue!

While scrolling emails this morning, one caught my eye from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and it was about leafy greens. Wow. What a great reminder to self, I thought. Then I thought, maybe I should write a blog post about this to help others know the power of these babies!

Here is a jaw dropping reminder and quote from Anthony:

“If you’re not getting enough leafy greens, the future of your health is in jeopardy. That might seem like a strong statement, but it’s the truth. If you’re not consuming enough raw leafy greens regularly, you will eventually experience some health challenges. Raw leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, mâche, watercress, collard greens, purslane and kale, are that critical for our wellbeing.” Anthony Williams

I for one will be picking some up today! I do tend to overlook these for some reason. So now it is time to change that.

Anthony also talks about the microorganisms in these leafy greens and how they are responsible for producing the ultimate methylated form of B12 that absorbs into the channels of our body and finds its way back to our liver when called for. Here is what he says about that: “this B12 is the liver’s number-one most important mortar to hold together all the bricks that build the castle of your health. When there’s enough of it, the liver stores ample amounts to send into the bloodstream as an assistant to almost every vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient that it releases to aid your body in any way. It’s the B12 that makes everything go right”.

Wow Go B12! I for one have been studying the effects of Vitamin B12 Deficiency for years and am allows encouraging people to get their B12 levels checked, so this hit home with me. B12 is CRUCIAL to our health and is synergistic in the uptake of all nutrients.

Sweeping The Intestinal Walls

Anthony also hits home on this powerful point:

“Additionally, raw leafy greens sweep the walls of the intestines, gently massaging your duodenum, small intestine, and colon, clearing away bad bacteria and rancid fats and proteins that have gone undigested for years. This build up is part of the reason someone can experience bloating or gastritis—and simply taking a probiotic isn’t going to fix it. Probiotics don’t kill bad bacteria. They don’t kill streptococcus or E.coli. A high quality probiotic definitely has a place in health, but they don’t do even a fraction of the healing work that elevated biotics do. The trace minerals found in leafy greens are prebiotics that feed good bacteria and kill off bad bacteria.”

Well like I said, I know what I am getting at the grocery store today. 🙂 Oh and Anthony says it is best to eat these raw…..

Quote from Anthony: Oftentimes people like to cook leafy greens, such as collard greens, spinach, bok choy, swiss chard, and kale. While these greens are incredibly healing in their raw form, it’s best to avoid cooking them. When leafy greens are steamed, sautéed, fried, roasted or cooked in any other way, it alters the naturally occurring oxalic acid (which is not at all harmful when leafy greens are raw) and makes it into a form that becomes less usable by the body. This is one reason leafy greens are best consumed raw.

Okay I hope this info inspired you as much as it inspired me to add in another powerful health enhancing idea to my day. This is how I see building on health… I try to add in more of the good stuff. It seems easier that way, than looking at everything from the point of ‘taking away’. 🙂

Have a great day everyone! And go get your GREEN on! 🙂

Cooking, Maggie's Cooking Corner, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Mmm Mmm cooking just doesn’t get any easier then this! In under 5 minutes I can get these ‘one pot wonders’ ready to cook.

I have been making One Pot Wonders for years. They are the easiest, fastest, and least complicated things to cook. Whether you use a slow cooker, Instant Pot, Cast Iron Pot, or sheet pan, I call em all ‘One Pot Wonders”. They can be very health too.

So Easy!

It doesn’t get much better than this especially if you are busy with life and work and don’t have a lot of time to prep for cooking or for actual hands on cooking.

In today’s one pot wonder, I put into the slow cooker, 2 carrots on the bottom under for the roast…like a little rack :-), the roast seasoned with salt and pepper, some potatoes and onions around the side and then topped with a no name brand tomato and herb sauce and a little water in the bottom. I then put a little seasoning salt on the whole thing.

I will slow cook this all day and it will be delicious! When looking for your tomato sauce I just use the kind you would use for pasta but look for low sodium, low sugar content (under 5 gm) and with no preservatives that are not natural. This makes it healthier for the fam.

Oh and if you are wondering how to cook it in the slow cooker? That my friends you will have to figure out. It’s called ‘getting to know your slow cooker’. 🙂 I personally use the old fashion kind that has High, Low, and Off. lol. My older sister brought over a digital one on Christmas Eve full of meatballs earlier in the day for me to use later that night, and ummm let’s just say the struggle was real 🙂 The good news is you can pick up slow cookers galore at the second hand stores! I have several. Some of them even have a ‘stay warm’ setting which is handy.

I personally am not a meat and potatoes person, but my hubby will gobble this all up and if we are lucky there might even be some beef left… and don’t forget saucy juice left in the bottom of the pan which I can use to make something else like a delicious soup. I waste nothing. Even if there is a potato left, it will be used for breakfast potatoes, to thicken soup, etc. etc. There are hundreds of amazing uses for small amounts of left overs. 🙂

Okay well gotta run and get ready to meet someone for lunch that I met at the Landlord’s meeting last week. I will be sharing some tips on being a landlord… or landperson? 🙂 Either way it’s all good. Time to put my business coaching hat on… have a great day and get those slow cookers working for you. Your time is valuable 🙂

UPDATE: Since writing this post this morning here are the final results:

The finished roast in the slow cooker. Fork Tender. It looks red on top because of the tomatoes sauce but it’s cooked PERF!
What’s leftover…. not much… told you hubs would gobble it all up 🙂 but enough to do some good things with 🙂