Pheasant taco soup perfect for a cold day

So today I had it in my mind I wanted to make a recipe with pheasant because we have a lot of it in our freezer right now. I also wanted to use ingredients I had around the house so I did not have to make a trip to the grocery store! The recipe I came up with is Pheasant Taco Soup. Of course, you could use chicken for this recipe and have the same flavorful results if you don’t have access to pheasant. I also think this recipe would work great in a crockpot but today my crockpot is filled with buffalo bone broth. Stay tuned for the recipe soon on the blog!

The pheasant taco soup was easy to make and it tastes great. I used my homemade taco seasoning for this recipe. You can view the recipe by clicking on this link. It is hard to believe we have been using homemade taco seasoning at my house now for about a year. The flavor is great and it is not loaded with unhealthy fillers. I also like this pheasant soup recipe because it uses corn which I froze last summer and tomatoes that I had in the freezer. And the onion came from the local farmers market when I stocked up at the end of the season.

My plan is to freeze some of the pheasant soup leftovers and have it for lunches at work. I think fresh cilantro would be delicious in this recipe but I did not have any at the house. When I make this again I will grab some cilantro to add even more flavor. When serving you could top it with fresh avocado, tortilla chips and/or salsa.

PheasantTacoSoup

Pheasant Taco Soup

6 pheasant breasts, cleaned well and cubed

1 tbsp. oil

1 small onion diced

3 tbsp. homemade taco seasoning (or 1 taco seasoning packet)

1 bag frozen corn

2 cups tomatoes (frozen or canned)

1 can green chilies

1 jalapeno (optional)

2 1/2 cups water

Put 1 tbsp. of oil in a soup pot. Add cubed pheasant, onion and taco seasoning. Cook on medium-high heat until pheasant is almost fully cooked. Then add corn, tomatoes, green chilies, jalapeno and an additional 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes on low. Remove from heat and serve.

Wellspring Devotion December 2, 2014

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Isaiah 7:14-Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Tis the season! Aww, the words that conjure up many memories and feelings depending on the person and the circumstances of life. Yes, tis the season of Jesus’ birth. The season when we celebrate the life of our Savior who was born to set us free from sin. It is a beautiful season but it is important to remember for some people “tis the season” can mean a time of extra busyness, extra financial worries, depression, loneliness…there are so many memories and thoughts that go through people’s minds during the month of December. Let us not forget that people sometimes struggle during the holidays. Let us show love and kindness in all that we do!

This past week I was talking to a friend of mine who helped out a family in town who lost everything in a house fire. She has done a tremendous amount to lend a helping hand. She helped organize a community night fundraiser at a local restaurant (one of the busiest community impact nights this establishment had ever had) and she has helped collect items to furnish the family’s new home. I had the chance to ask her the other day how she got involved in this. What she proceeded to tell me during the conversation left me with tears in my eyes. The family is simply a family she knows through her job and she felt the need to help out. Her small gestures have helped this family in huge ways and rallied the community together to help a family in need.

As we approach the Christmas season this December, let us take that extra initiative to help out others in need. Let us step out of our comfort zone and do the uncomfortable things that will bless others. When God lays something on our heart, take action. About a month ago, I had the idea to put a collection jar at my business for Feed My Starving Children. I had the initial idea and quickly tried to bury the idea. I was worried about what people might think. I spent time praying about it and decided it was the right thing to do. It is never easy to do the uncomfortable but it is what God wants us to do. Let us lean into to Him this Christmas season and spread His love in all we do.

Prayer for the week:Dear God, tis the season to give you thanks and praise. As we enter this joyous holiday season celebrating the birth of Your Son, let us show Your love in all we do. Open our eyes so we can see what needs to be done and take action to help others. Let us remember those who are suffering or going through difficult times and help in any way we can. In Your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:
How can we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this season?
What ways can we show God’s love this holiday season?