Fish Soup With Dill Recipe (Slow Cooker)

It's 2018 and I like most, am looking for ways to be healthier this year. Loom knitting can be a sedentary job so I'm trying to eat healthier and get on my spin bike a little more often. I'm doing a 30-day plant rich/Mediterranean diet and horrors, giving up candy. Candy is my addiction and I'm not a person that can just eat one piece. Each year I give up an unhealthy food, 2 years ago it was soda, last year it was hot peppers (that was hard but they tear up my stomach). I can only commit to 30 days without candy but I feel it was a start. I'm hoping that after the month, it will just continue. We shall see!

This soup was an experiment. I was looking for something different, plant-based and included healthy protein. What I came up with was an easy, fresh tasting, and best of all, healthy recipe. 

Fish Soup With Dill
Slow Cooker
Begin with the plants, asparagus, carrots, celery, potato, mushroom and spinach.

Fresh and freeze-dried spices add wonderful flavor!

Place veggies in the slow cooker
1 stalk celery
1 chopped portabella mushroom
1/4 cup spinach leaves
1 carrot
1/2 diced white potato
Baby asparagus (fresh), 3/4 inch pieces

Add liquid and Spices
whisk 1/2 cup almond milk (or reg milk) with 1-1/4 TB Flour
1 Tablespoon Freeze-dried or fresh dill
1/4 tsp pepper and salt
1 cup low sodium chicken broth/stock
1-1/2 cup water
Fresh oregano to taste (I used the leaves from 2 stalks)
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp pesto (jarred or fresh)

Cook on low for 4 hours

Add Fish and Cheese (fresh or frozen, thawed)
1 filet of Salmon
1 filet of Tilapia
8 large Shrimp
1/4 cup shredded fresh mozzarella
Cook on low for 2 more hours (6 total)

Pair it with some hummus and pita bread - Delish!

Enjoy!-Nicole


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Loom Knit Easy Chicken Pattern, Free!

Easy Bunny has a new friend and his name is Easy Chick! He's a loom knit chickadee and instead of being made from a flat rectangle he's made from a simple tube. For those who have never picked up stitches in your knitting, you're going to love the ease of this because it means no seaming. Yes, I said it, no seaming is needed on this sweet, easy chick. These can be completed in less than an hour so think about making them in different colors and filling a bowl of little chicks for your coffee table (they do resemble large eggs).
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Loom Knit Easy Chick Pattern

Supplies

  • Loom:  Large gauge, 24 peg, 3/4" peg spacing round loom. (example Knifty Knitter, Boye, Nicole, CinDWood). Loom used pictured below. Please remember: In loom knitting, brand of loom does not matter but peg spacing and peg numbers do, if you want a similar result.
  • Knitting Tool
  • Crochet Hook
  • Measuring Tape
  • Poly-fil (for stuffing chick)
Finished Measurements:  10-1/2" around x 4-1/2" high.
Pattern Notes
  • For decoration only. This was not designed as a toy, the knitting will not be tight enough to hold the fiber-fil inside if used for this purpose. If you wish for the stuffing to stay tightly inside then line chick using a muslin/fabric sack and place poly-fil inside. Also please secure eye yarn well as this could be a choking hazard for children under 3 years old.
  • 2 strands of worsted weight yarn are held throughout pattern for all elements of chick except headdress.
Yarn:  Main Color and Body of Chick:  Pounds of love, Lion Brand Acrylic, used in sample, 2 strands held as one, worsted #4 weight. Any worsted yarn will work with this pattern using 2 strands as one. Colors:  Yellow (Body)/Orange (Beak)
Wings of Chick:  Bernat Dippity Dot, worsted weight, #4, Color: Green. (2 strands as one)
Eyes:  Any black or dark grey, worsted weight. (Red Heart, Boutique Midnight #4 used, 2 strands as one, color:  Nightfall)


Key: 



Main Body of Chick

Preparation:  Take your yarn around the loom 1 and 1/2 times leaving a long tail for gathering before casting on. See Picture A below.
Foundation Round:  Chain Cast on all pegs and join to work in the round.
Now, use the long tail and thread it through a yarn needle, take the yarn through the loops on all pegs (similar to a gathered bind off but DO NOT remove loops from pegs), then leave it hanging until knitting is complete. See photo A below.
Rnds 1-2:  Knit
Rnd 3:  Knit
Rnd 4:  Chain one cast on around, then pull bottom loops over top loops. (This will create a ridge in your knitting giving your chick a unique texture and fluffy feel)
Rnd 5:  Ewk
Repeat rnds 3 through 5 until total knitting measures 4-3/4 inches.
Next 3 rows:  Knit
Bind off:  Use gather method. Do not gather the knitting yet, leave loose until wings and face are complete.

Finish:  Use Photo Tutorial Below.


Photo A: Main Body

  1. Picture 1 shows how to take your yarn through the loops on the pegs after casting on. This will give you a drawstring to close the bottom of your chick. A gathered bind off is done the same way except that you will take your loops off the peg as you go.
  2. Pictures 2 and 3 show you how to pull the bottom loops over the top loops after doing the chain one cast on in the middle of the row.
  3. Picture 4 is a photo of the chick after both wings have been completed. No seaming needed.



Wings and Beak
  1. Place knitting inside loom, right side out.
  2. Wing:  Fold Knitting in half and find Center of knitting lengthwise. Pick up 3 stitches for wing. Make sure it's to the side of where you would like the front of your chick to be. Knit 10 Rows (using 2 strands as one in wing color), decrease the stitches to one stitch by doing a k2tog and ssk (Just move your stitches in one, knit together and repeat, making sure to decrease to the center stitch). Bind off. Repeat for the second wing. Increasing/Decreasing K2tog/Ssk Videos
  3. Beak:  Find center front of face after doing both wings. Pick up 2 sts. Beak should be even with wings. Knit 4 rows. Decrease to one stitch by moving peg 1 to peg 2, knit sts together. Bind off.
  4. Eyes:  Use 2 strands Black. Using the picture for placement. Take a needle and yarn and wind it twice around 2 ladders between the stitches; secure.
  5. Weave in all ends except cast on and bind off.
  6. Pull bottom closed and secure. Stuff chick so that he achieves desired shape. Pull top of head closed and secure. Weave in ends.
  7. Add Chicken Headdress Below.

Chicken Headdress

  1. Gather some yarn in a 4-inch bundle.
  2. Tie Center of the bundle.
  3. Hold ties away from the bundle and trim to 1-1/4".
  4. Secure to center, top of the head.
Thank you for reading. Happy Looming-Nicole
2018 copyright, Nicole F. Cox, This Moment is Good, all rights reserved.


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