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Horchata Coffee

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Horchata Coffee is the combination of the two best things: horchata and coffee. Think of this coffee horchata recipe like cold brew. Coffee grounds are steeped with almonds, rice and brown sugar, blended and then strained to make the most delicious drink to start your day with.

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Oat Milk Collagen Hot Chocolate

Drinks, Healthy, Quick and Easy, The Holidays, Winter

WHO AM I RIGHT NOW? This recipe title sounds so very…how do put this? Los Angeles. This recipe sounds very “LA.” But the truth is, I make iterations of this drink all the time and I love it.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard but oat milk is all the rage right now. And in my typical bratty behavior, I snubbed it for months. I honestly drink my coffee black anyway but a few weeks ago, after I drove across town for a meeting and needed an afternoon pick-me-up, I stopped in a cafe and ordered an oat milk cappuccino. IT WAS GOOD.

It tastes kinda like nothing. It’s a really good texture—not too heavy or thick, not too thin. It provides some nice foam and marries with the espresso so very well.

I figured it was time to put it to test in a more sweet capacity so enter: this hot chocolate. I added a scoop of collagen to the blender, along with some melted chocolate, oat milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup. Blended right up and it’s oh so good!

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How to Make Agua Fresca

Drinks, Quick and Easy, Summer

How to Make Agua Fresca! Aguas Frescas translates to “cool waters.” These are made from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. This Mexican refreshing beverage, is perfect for a hot, summer day.

How to Make Agua Fresca

During the summer when temperatures are scorching, I can’t recommend these Aguas Frescas enough. Agua frescas will forever be one of my favorite things about getting Mexican food in LA.

I shared these recipes in The Year of Cozy but didn’t include the honeydew. Instead, I think there was a recipe for jamaica in there. Man, that book was so long ago. I was thumbing through it the other day and there are SO many things I’d do differently. I think that’s how any creative project goes.

How to Make Agua Fresca

What is Agua Fresca?

Let’s talk about agua frescas. They originate in Mexico and translate literally to be “cool waters.” They have other flavors too like tamarindo, agua de horchata and cucumber. They’ll quench and any thirst and they’re amazing on a super hot day.

How to Make Agua Fresca

What Fruit is Good for Agua Fresca?

  1. Honeydew Melon
  2. Canteloupe
  3. Watermelon
  4. Strawberries
  5. Pineapple
  6. Cucumber

Another agua fresca that I love is made from the leaves and that’s jamaica/hibiscus flowers.

How to Make Agua Fresca

Equipment You’ll need to Make Agua Fresca?

The equipment is super simple and streamlined. You’ll need:

  • A blender. I love my high-powered blender which is a Vitamin (in the past I’ve had a Ninja and loved that, too).
  • Strainer or sieve (this will help with removing the pulp from the blended juice)

 

How to Make Aguas Frescas?

  1. Whatever fruit you’re using, add it to the blender.
  2. Depending on how sweet the fruit naturally is, you may need to add or not add sugar. With watermelon, I hardly ever add sugar.
  3. Pulse until it’s all blended up.
  4. Pour the mixture through a strainer, allowing it drain. If you like, you can help it go faster with a big spoon.
  5. Give the agua fresca a taste and adjust the sugar according to your liking.
  6. Transfer it to a pitcher and place it in the fridge for 1 hour. As a result, it’ll be super cold and perfect when poured over ice.

If you make them, be sure to let me know on Instagram! 

Aguas Frescas Recipe

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5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size: 4 servings
Calories: 189kcal
Aguas Frescas translate to "cool waters." These are made from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. This Mexican refreshing beverage, is perfect for a warm day.

Ingredients

Honeydew Agua Fresca:

  • 4 pound honeydew, flesh chopped up, seeds and skin discarded
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime

Watermelon Agua Fresca

  • 3 to 5 pound seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, if needed

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca:

  • 4 pound cantaloupe, flesh and seeds scooped out
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime

Directions

To Make Honeydew Agua Fresca:

  • Place a medium-fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. You most likely will need to do this in batches (I have a pretty big blender and had to do it in batches).
  • To a blender, add the honeydew, water, sugar and lime juice. Pulse until completely smooth and pureed. Pour the mixture into the strainer, allowing it to drain. Feel free to help it along by stirring it with a whisk. Give it a taste and add any more sugar, if needed. Transfer it to pitcher and place in the fridge to chill.

To Make Watermelon Agua Fresca:

  • Place a medium-fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. You most likely will need to do this in batches (I have a pretty big blender and had to do it in batches).
  • To a blender, add the cubed watermelon and water. Pulse until pureed and very smooth. Give it a taste; adjust the sugar accordingly. If it's at the beginning of the summer, you may need to add a bit of sugar, toward the end of the season, the watermelons will be super sweet and will need none at all.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a pitcher, pressing the watermelon pulp with the back of a spoon to release any excess juices. Transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

To Make Cantaloupe Agua Fresca:

  • Place a medium-fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. You most likely will need to do this in batches (I have a pretty big blender and had to do it in batches).
  • To a blender, add the cantaloupe flesh, its seeds, water, sugar and lime juice. Pulse until completely smooth and pureed. Pour the mixture into the strainer, allowing it to drain. Feel free to help it along by stirring it with a whisk. Give it a taste and add any more sugar, if needed. Transfer it to pitcher and place in the fridge to chill.

Notes

To Store: 
Keep in the refrigerator in a covered pitcher for up to 4 days. Give it a mix just before serving. 
Equipment: 
High-Powered Blender | Sieve Strainer | Sharp Chef's Knife
CourseDrinks
CuisineMexican
Keywordagua fresca, agua fresca receta, agua fresca recipe, how to make agua fresca, watermelon agua fresca, what is agua fresca
Nutrition Facts
Aguas Frescas Recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.7g1%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 1048mg30%
Carbohydrates 48.2g16%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 2.5g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Biscuits, Drinks, Fall, Soups

This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is full of comforting flavors and vegetables. It’s milk based so it’s not too heavy but is still plenty rich. Flavored with cheddar cheese and topped with homemade baby biscuits makes it the perfect meal to beat a cold wintery day.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Hello from psycho, busy land.

I feel like the holidays are my G-O time. It is cozy season after all and it’s really the time when I feel like I have to post all the recipes that I’ve been collecting in my little summer-hating brain.

This recipe has been on my to-make list for A LONG TIME. How can I have a blog about cozy food and not have a single recipe for broccoli cheddar soup?!?!

This soup is inspired by Panera broccoli cheddar soup but not sponsored by them because they don’t know who I am. But let me tell you, your girl loves Panera.

This soup is surprisingly not very heavy. Yes it has cheese it but it mostly consists of broccoli and chicken broth.

I turned my very flakey biscuits into mini-biscuits because WHY NOT! Think of them like croutons or oyster crackers.

The kitchen is on its last leg. Like, subway tile is supposed to go in this weekend and I’m SOOOO PUMPED. I’m at that place where I am ready for it to be over and for me to use the gorgeous fridge that’s sitting in the dining room.

How to Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup:

  1. Cook the veggies. Add all the veggies to a pot with olive oil and cook until softened.
  2. Make a Roux. Melt some butter and add flour. Cook for a minute or so.
  3. Add the milk and cheese. Slowly add the milk and cook until it thickens up. Add the cheddar and mix until melted.
  4. Add chicken stock and heat up. Just for about 12 minutes to get all the flavors to marry.
  5. Serve! In a big bowl, topped with baby biscuits.

Can you freeze broccoli cheddar soup?

You can, just cool and transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze, however I think this is a soup that’s best fresh, or eaten within a couple days. Frozen foods with milk tend to reheat a little differently.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you wanted to add more protein to the recipe you can add shredded or grilled chicken (store-bought rotisserie chicken would make it super easy).
  • You can use any cheese! Cheddar makes this taste most like the classic but if you wanted to switch up the flavor you could use pepper jack or an extra shard white cheddar.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What to eat with broccoli cheddar soup?

  • Baby biscuits! I’ve got the instructions below but they’re the perfect addition to a creamy soup. Think ultra oyster crackers.
  • You can also cook rice and serve alongside for people to mix in if they want.
  • Lastly you can also go full copycat panera broccoli cheddar soup and serve this with a nice fresh baguette.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 210kcal
This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is full of comforting flavors and vegetables. It's milk based so it's not too heavy but is still plenty rich. Flavored with cheddar cheese and topped with homemade baby biscuits makes it the perfect meal to beat a cold wintery day.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, florets removed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese + a bit more for the topping
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • Black pepper
  • Mini Biscuits, for topping

Directions

  • To a medium pot, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When warm, add the onion, carrot, celery and broccoli. Add a few pinches of salt and cook for about 5 minutes, until very soft.
  • Using a spatula, scoot the veggies to the side of the pot and then add the butter; cook until it’s melted, about 1 minute. Add the flour and mix until the flour is all coated in the fat. Cook for a minute.
  • Next, pour in the milk and mix the whole thing together. Bring the milk mixture to a gentle simmer until the roux has thickened. Next add the cheddar cheese and mix until melted. Lastly, pour in the chicken broth. Bring the soup to a gentle simmer and cover the pot to cook for about 10 to 12 minutes. This will just marry all the flavors together.
  • Just before serving, give it a taste and adjust the salt. It’ll definitely need some; I added about 1 1/2 teaspoon. I also added a ton of black pepper. Divide amongst bowls and serve them with mini biscuits or regular size ones!
CourseSoup
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbroccoli cheddar soup
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3001IU60%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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