Category Archives: soup

Slow Cooker Wild Rice & Chicken Soup

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This is a delicious meal for a cold winter’s night. It makes a lot, though, so, unless you’re feeding a huge crowd, you may want to half it or freeze the leftovers. I’m freezing them, so we’ll see how they hold up.

Ingredients:

1 to 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

6 c chicken stock

1 c wild rice

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced

3 stalks celery, peeled and diced

1 lb. sliced mushrooms

Fresh snipped thyme (about 5 sprigs)

Fresh snipped rosemary (about 2 sprigs)

1/2 c. half and half (if desired)

Seasonings: salt, pepper, bouillon, Italian seasonings

Directions:

Salt and pepper the chicken breasts. Place them in the crock pot.

Add all the other ingredients except the mushrooms and half and half.

Cook on low for about 6 hours.

Add the mushrooms and cook for about 30 minutes.

Shred the chicken breasts and return to the pot. If desired, add the half and half.

Adjust the seasonings as needed.

If it’s too thick, add more broth or water or half and half.

Broccoli Soup

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Easy, delicious and healthy!

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 bunches broccoli, stems and florets chopped separately

7 cups chicken broth

1 cup skim milt

Crunchy croutons (the garlic and cheese ones from Trader Joe’s are perfect!)

Olive oil

Directions:

Saute the onions and garlic in some olive oil in a saucepot.

Cut off the tough parts of the broccoli stems and cut them into small pieces.

Add them to the saucepot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli stems are soft.

Add the broth and salt. Bring to a boil with the lid on. Add the broccoli florets and simmer slowly, uncovered, until the florets are tender.

Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Add the milk and some cayenne pepper. Cook over medium heat until heated – don’t let it boil.

Pour into a bowl and add some crunchy croutons. Add a drizzle of olive oil or truffle oil if desired.

Shrimp Soup with Broth

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Last night I just felt like a light soup, and this was the perfect fit!

Ingredients:

4 cups broth (I make my own)

1/2 uncooked shrimp

2 T. minced fresh garlic

Chopped chives to taste (or green onions)

Handful of angel hair pasta

1 t. fish sauce

Dash sesame oil

Chopped cilantro

Directions:

Saute the garlic in some olive oil. Add the broth, fish sauce, and sesame oil. Bring to a boil.

Add the chives, angel hair pasta and shrimp.

Boil until the pasta and shrimp are cooked.

Add some cilantro and serve.

Roasted Carrot & Tomato Basil Soup

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This is perfect for a cold winter’s day – the flavors are sweet and subtle. Serve it with some crunchy French bread!

Ingredients:

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 lb. plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise

1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds

2 whole garlic heads

Water

Milk

Fresh basil, thinly sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400. Cut off the head of the garlic heads and drizzle with olive oil. Place them in an oven proof dish and cover tightly. Place them in the oven for about 50 minutes.

Place the rest of the vegetables on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast them for about 50 minutes, turning them a few times, until they are soft and brown.

Squeeze out the garlic and place it in a saucepan. Add the rest of the vegetables. Add 2 cups of water. Using an immersion blender, blend everything together. Cook until hot. Add the milk as needed until you reach the desired consistency. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add in the basil and mix altogether.

Meatballs in Cream of Mushroom Sauce

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The cream of mushroom in this recipe can be used as a sauce, or even as a soup (with maybe a little more added broth). In either case, it was delicious and kind of a comfort food for me. In the past, I made this with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, but seeing as I’m trying to make everything from scratch, I didn’t think opening a can of Campbell’s soup was very healthy!

Ingredients:

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

(I used designer mushrooms here, but really any will work)

2 T. butter

2 T. chopped onions

1-2 cloves chopped garlic

1 T. flour

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 c. heavy cream

1 pound ground beef

1 egg

1/2 c. breadcrumbs

Seasonings to taste

Cooked rice

Directions:

Combine the ground meat, egg, and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Add desired seasonings and mix well (I use my hands – they’re the best mixers!). Make individual meatballs and set aside.

In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the mushrooms and mix well. Cook until the mushrooms have softened.

Add the flour and mix well until all the flour has incorporated. Add the chicken broth and bring to a slow boil. If it needs to be thicker, mix a bit of flour and cold water together in a separate container until the flour is all incorporated. Add this to the saucepan and stir. Continue doing this until you get the desired consistency. Once you are happy with the thickness of your liquid, add the cream and cook slightly. Set aside.

Cook the meatballs in a frying pan, browning all the sides. Cover and cook for a few minutes on low until the meatballs are almost cooked through. Add the mushroom sauce mixture and cook altogether to incorporate the flavors.

Serve over some cooked rice.

 

Shrimp & Rice Soup

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Sometimes a nice broth is all that is really needed – it’s light and tasty and gives you the nutrition that you need! I always make my own stock and I keep it in my freezer for whenever I need some broth. This way, I can control the salt and the fat content.

Ingredients:

4 cups of broth

2 cups of water

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1 t. minced garlic

1 1/2 lbs. peeled shrimp

Dash of chili oil

Red pepper flakes

Sliced green onions

Chopped cilantro

Directions:

Bring the broth and water to a boil. Add in the cooked rice.

In the meantime, sauté the shrimp in some olive oil. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and chili oil. Cook until the shrimp are cooked.

Add the shrimp to the broth mixture. Ladle into bowls and top with green onions and cilantro.

Sausage and Swiss Chard Soup

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Here’s a hearty soup that can be eaten as a light meal or as a starter. It is full of flavor from the sausage and healthy!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. Italian sausage (either mild or hot – your preference) – sliced thin

1/2 chopped onion

1/2 chopped red pepper

1 bunch of swiss chard – leaves chopped small

6 cups water

2 T. Better than Bouillon Chicken flavored

1 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. Italian seasoning

Salt or salt substitute

Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook the sausage in a sauce pan until they are browned on all sides. If there is an excess of fat, drain it before proceeding.

Add the onions and red pepper and sauté until they are cooked and browned.

Pour in the water, bouillon, garlic powder, and seasonings. Add the swiss chard. Cover and boil until the chard is tender.

Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.