Super Food Soups

Baby, it’s COLD outside!!!  We moved to KS this summer and I didn’t realize how extreme the weather is here.  It is HOT, HOT, HOT in the summer and COLD, COLD, COLD in the winter!!

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Cold weather equals cozy socks, blankets, cuddling and of course…soup!

I love having soup for dinner on a cold day (much to my husband’s chagrin) but…I’m the one who does the cooking…so…when I feel like soup…then soup it is!

The recipes below are all soup with super foods in them!  What does that mean?  That it’s REALLY good for you!

To make any of these into a complete meal (and for those who scoff at soup for dinner like my one and only) add a salad, home made paleo bread, a side of chicken breast or chicken sausage (or any other meat you desire) and behold – you have a complete meal!

Pumpkin Soup with Lentils

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pumpkin-soup-with-lentils/

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Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 yellow sweet pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils or lentils, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 26 ounce box chicken stock
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Snipped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 5- quart Dutch oven cook onion, sweet pepper, and lentils in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in ginger, curry powder, cumin, stock, and pumpkin puree. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. To serve, ladle into bowls and sprinkle with grated nutmeg and flat leaf parsley.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Wild Rice Soup

Source: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/11/17/sweet-potato-recipes/

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Ingredients

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 c. wild rice
4 c. vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water, divided
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can navy beans, drained and divided (or 1 1/2 c. cooked white beans)
1 c. kale leaves, stems removed and leaves cut into thin strips
1 tsp. salt
Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add dried thyme, smoked paprika, and wild rice. Stir everything together to coat. Add three cups of broth and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Add cubed sweet potatoes, 3/4 cup navy beans, and kale and cook for 15 minutes more or until sweet potatoes are cooked.

In a blender, puree 3/4 cup beans with one cup broth, one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and one teaspoon salt until smooth. Add mixture to pot and heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Gingered Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/gingered-carrot-sweet-potato-soup-with-chive-cream/

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 ounce cans reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or sliced green onions
  • 1 ounce can no-salt-added cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • Snipped chives; ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  1. In Dutch oven combine carrots, sweet potato, broth and ginger. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
  2. For Chive Cream, in small bowl combine creme fraiche and chives; set aside. In blender, puree vegetables with beans, one-fourth at a time, removing cap from blender lid and holding a folded kitchen towel over opening in lid. Return soup to pan and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Top servings with Chive Cream. Sprinkle with chives and ground ginger.
  3. Cut flatbread in wedges, lightly sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese, then broil a few seconds, watching closely, just until bread is toasted and cheese is barely melted.

From the Test Kitchen

Change-Up:

Substitute russet potatoes for the carrots and sweet potato and use ground cumin in place of the ground ginger.

Freezing Tip

Prepare soup through Step 2. Let soup cool. Transfer soup to a freezer-safe container, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between the top of the soup and the rim of the container. Label and freeze up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove-top and continue with Step 3.

Chicken Barley Soup with Kale

Source: http://www.mydeliciousmeals.com/recipe/chicken-barley-soup-with-kale

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Ingredients

1 chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
1⁄4 cup barley
5 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 carrots (sliced)
2 celery stalks (chopped)
onion (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
potatoes (chopped)
2 cups kale (chopped, I used frozen, if you use fresh, discard thick ribs)
1 teaspoon

parsley (dry)

1 1⁄2 tablespoon

vegetable oil

1 tablespoon

lemon juice

salt
pepper

Directions:

1. Put chicken in a large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Skim any foam from the surface, add barley and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.

2. Chop celery, slice carrots, finely chop onion and mince garlic.

3. In a skillet, heat vegetable oil. Saute celery, onion, carrots and garlic, until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).

4. Chop potatoes.

5. Add potatoes and sauteed vegetables to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

6. Add kale, parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 15 minutes.

7. Remove chicken, shred with a fork and return to the pot. Serve hot.

I hope you and your family enjoy these super food soups!!  Don’t forget to share this post with friends and loved ones!!!
Also, I’d LOVE to hear from you – which recipes did you try?  Which ones did you like?!?

Weekly Menu – Seasoning Recipes

I wanted to do something a little different this week as far as I’m not going to be sharing recipes for meals…BUT…this might even be better because I’m going to share with you different ways to make fresh seasoning blends.

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They are very versatile (you’re welcome) and you can use them with your favorite recipes to spice things up (pun intended) and make a healthier version of your favorite meal!

Why make your own seasoning blends instead of buying the pre-made packets at the store?  For MANY reasons!

Here are a few:

  1.  You can control how much salt is in your food.  (They really pile in the salt in those seasoning packets)
  2. Eliminate preservatives
  3. Control all ingredients that go into your food (eliminate toxins)
  4. Say goodbye to MSG
  5. Eliminate unnecessary ingredients like added sugar and starch
  6. There is NOTHING good in processed foods

Taco Seasoning

(This is my favorite one – I use it weekly and I have it memorized)

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This is for 1 lb of meat

Ingredients:

1 TBSP child powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp oregano

2 tsp cumin

Blend together and enjoy!

Montreal Steak Seasoning

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For 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of meat (I’ve used it for burgers)

Ingredients:

Ingredients (8)
  1. 2 tablespoons paprika.
  2. 2 tablespoons crushed black pepper.
  3. 2 tablespoons kosher salt.
  4. 1 tablespoon granulated garlic.
  5. 1 tablespoon granulated onion.
  6. 1 tablespoon crushed coriander.
  7. 1 tablespoon dill.
  8. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix well and enjoy!

Italian Seasoning

Can be used for any type of Italian dish that calls for an Italian seasoning blend (like chicken or pasta)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano.
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram.
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage.

 

Blend and enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice

(Because y’all know how much I LOVE pumpkin anything!)

This is enough for one pumpkin pie

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1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Blend and Enjoy!

Cajun Seasoning Mix

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  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Blend and enjoy!

Don’t be a stranger, now!

I’d LOVE to hear from you!  Let me know how you like these seasoning mixes and how you used them!!