Archive for the ‘Soup/Stew/Chili’ Category

Turkey Veggie Noodle Soup

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

“Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and the strictest attention.”—Auguste Escoffier

What to do with the leftover turkey from the holidays?  What to do with the leftover veggies in the fridge? Soup! This is my go-to recipe whenever anyone is sick in my family. Soup fills you with warmth and good vitamins. I hope you will enjoy this simple, but enjoyable soup recipe.
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One Pot Hobo Stew

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We have many Sunday evenings where we need a quick and easy meal. This is often when I create most my family recipes. One Sunday we were busy, I was sick, and just wanted to have a warm easy soup. I had plans to make Beef Stroganoff but did not feel up to it. So I combined a beef stew with a hobo stew and created something we all devoured. I was able to rest and not feel rushed as I made this wonderful dinner.
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Zuppa Bountifulla

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

 

This recipe was modeled after Zuppa Toscana, from Olive Garden. I wanted to lower the fat and salt content of this recipe, make it lactose free, and use more nutritious ingredients. Changing the original potatoes to white yams, gives this soup a completely different flavor than the original. I also add additional veggies, more garlic, more spice, less water, and use low sodium broth.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup Freezer packs

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Its officially Soup Season!  Its my favorite go to lunch, a steaming bowl of soup and a sandwich really hits the spot on cold days.  I really love when I can go out to the deep freeze and grab a soup pack and have lunch or dinner on the table in an hour, or in the crockpot in minutes.  Several readers were curious how I make freezer packs from recipes, here is how I break it down.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Asparagus, Pumpkin, Rice, and Sausage soup

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

When my kids decide that they actually LIKE asparagus,
When they are a little more adventurous for new flavors,
When my husband won’t be home for dinner,
When I’ve been at doctors appointments or shopping all day,
When I have some left over rice and pumpkin puree in the fridge,

THIS is what I make!

(Well, at least that’s what I did last night)

Asparagus, Pumpkin, Rice, and Sausage soup

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Beef Stew {it’s good for the soul}

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As fall creeps around the corner, so does the craving for hearty soups and stews. At least it does at my house. It’s almost like our stomachs know that the season is changing far before our minds do (or far before our minds want to admit it!). Nothing screams comfort like a cozy day inside with the savory smell of stew on the stove filling the air.
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Sticking to Stew- Adventures in Pressure Canning

Monday, September 9th, 2013

PC'd Stew Pack

I often try to get creative with the BB veggie packs- you know, use the juice pack for anything BUT juice, the lunch box pack ALL for desserts. Apparently, I’m just a BB rebel. So all week long I was anticipating my beautiful stew pack and thinking of (i.e. pinning) all the creative things I would do with it. But on distribution day dark clouds and cool temps rolled into the Vegas Valley and thoughts of rebellion floated away. The only thing on my mind was in fact, stew. I decided it would be fun to use my stew pack ingredients to make my first batch of pressure canned stew. I got my stew pack home and started washing, peeling, and chopping. Now, my husband must have a similar rebellious streak because he walked past, looked at my work and said “I don’t think that should be a stew pack. I think it should be a breakfast skillet pack and we should use it up right now”. I quickly informed him that my heart was set on pressure canning stew and he could just go fill up on some of the BB fruit covering the counter. He reluctantly walked off munching blackberries (ok he wasn’t too reluctant about that) and grumbling about too much stew. Believe me a few hours later he changed his tune.
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Soups, Stews And Chowders

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Our summer is coming to an end and I have already started dreaming of cool Fall evenings, with a brisk wind whipping up the crunchy leaves in a flurry, the autumnal colors decorating the outdoors, and a warming fire crackling in the back yard pit, sipping hot apple cider and filling our tummies with rich warm soups, stews and chowders.

Lasagna Soup, made from a soup freezer pack.

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Zucchini Tomato Soup

Saturday, August 24th, 2013


It’s that time of year again (my favorite time by the way)…. Whether you are picking up your weekly basket, pulling them from your garden or seeing them in the grocery store, one things for sure. They are everywhere. Even coming from our ears I’ve heard! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be jumping for joy the moment you see those long green vegetables in your baskets! Yes, i’m talking about zucchini. The possibilities are endless; grilled zucchini, sautéed, zucchini bread, fried zucchini….I could go on forever. But not everyone is interested in the “traditional” zucchini options. If you are one of those people or you just want to try something new, this recipe just might be for you!
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Make Your Own Chili Powder

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Make your own chili powder

15 minutes

Make your own chili powder

We sometimes receive dried chiles in our add-ons so I whipped up my own chili powder to make good use of them. You could double or triple this recipe based on the number of chiles that you had. This has completely amazing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 Ancho Chile
  • 1 Cascabel Chile
  • 1 small Chipotle Pepper
  • 2 t cumin (you could use cumin seeds if you had them, I didn't)
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t oregano (Mexican oregano if you can get it)
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t onion powder

Instructions

  1. Toast the chiles for 4-5 minutes in a cast iron pan (or nonstick) moving them constantly.
  2. Allow them to cool fully.
  3. Cut them up (I use kitchen shears) and put them into a food processor.
  4. Add all of the other ingredients and process until powdered.
  5. Savor the amazing smell coming out of your food processor. Store in an airtight container.