Cooking with Christina Marie – Creamy Kale Potato and Leek Soup

Hi Everyone!! I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I did. It was definitely a hit at home!
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Serving Size: 6 Adults

Cooking Time: 50 Minutes


5 slices of Applegate Sunday Bacon

8 Russet potatoes

1 leek (white and light green part only)

2 sprigs of Rosemary (discard stem)

4 sprigs of Thyme

4 small cloves of Garlic

2 cartons of 32 oz. Imagine Free Range Chicken Broth

2 bunches of Kale (Remove stems, chop leaves)

3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 oz. of toasted sliced almonds

4 tablespoons of Grass Fed Ghee

Harissa seasoning (Just a sprinkle. Please see instructions below.)

Himilian Pink Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Let’s start cooking!

1. In a large skillet add the grass fed ghee and chopped bacon. Stir occasionally until crisp. Remove with a spoon and set aside in a bowl.
2. Add the potatoes diced and leek chopped to the left over ghee and drippings. Continue to cook just a couple of minutes until leek becomes slightly tender. You can add olive oil to help the veggies sauté. Then add the chopped garlic, herbs and himilian pink salt and pepper to taste.
Cook an additional 3-4 minutes and then add the chicken broth and 3/4 of the chopped kale. Put lid on pan and cook about five minutes. Uncover and stir and check to see if potatoes are tender and kale is wilted.
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3. Turn off skillet and let stand five minutes. In a quality blender transfer the mix from the skillet to the blender using a mug. Purée till smooth. Transfer puréed soup to a large bowl as you complete blending each batch.
4. With oven set to 350, toast sliced almonds on a baking sheet with olive oil spray and sprinkled with Harissa seasoning. Shuffle almonds around every couple minutes to ensure even toasting and then remove from oven.
5. Set oven to broil. Lay remaining kale on baking sheet spray with olive oil and sprinkle a pinch of himilian pink salt and black pepper. Broil about 3 minutes till crisp.
6. Serve kale soup topped with crisp bacon pieces, toasted almonds and kale chips.


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Painting with Younique

Hello Beauties!

You’ve probably seen a previous post in regards to the fabulous Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara! I hope the tutorial helped you understand what the product is all about. I love how easy it is to apply after learning the quick tips!

Now I would like to introduce you to the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder. Why do I love this beauty products so much? They are naturally based products that don’t irritate my skin. Younique states that the pigment is formulated with finely crushed minerals, amino acids, and vitamins that provide key nutrition to our skin.

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Yours Truly,

Stefani De Leon

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Chicken Chickpea and Quinoa Soup

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This has to be the yummiest healthy quinoa recipe for now. Recipe is inspired by the Real Simple Chickpea and quinoa recipe.

Preparing Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Serves: 6


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 8 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup of organic quinoa
  • 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen)
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 2 cups of grilled chicken breasts, cook and chopped
  • tortilla chips – optional, but they add a hint of spiciness to the soup

Put oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, black pepper, and salt. Stir until soft for about 4-6 minutes. Add chicken broth and quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 10-12 minutes. Add chicken, chickpeas, corn, and tomatoes. Continue to cook until the vegetables and chicken are warmed through, 5 minutes. When serving, don’t forget to add the tortilla chips for those who like a hint of spice.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Let me know how it goes by sharing your thoughts in the comment box.

Yours Truly,

Stefani De Leon

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