Archive for: Soups, Stews & Chilis

30 Minute Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup

This healthy 30 Minute Tuscan White Bean and Kale Soup is so easy to make! It's a warm and comforting vegetarian meal. Last week was quiet here on the blog, but I had a good reason! I've been really busy, with life in general, but also with something super exciting. My sister just had her second set of twins! Yes, you read that right, she has four-year-old twin girls and now she just had a sweet little baby girl and boy. It seems like forever ago when we celebrated her first babies with this twin girls baby shower. I still can't believe that she's a mom to two(!) sets of twins now. Of course I've been doing what any proud Auntie would do – visiting her as much as possible and cooking and ... [Continue Reading]

Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons

Leek, onion, and garlic bring delicious flavor to this easy potato soup. I think you'll love this Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons, and it's quick enough for a weeknight! Last week was spring break week here, so of course the weather turned cooler and we got some rain. Though not enough rain to help with our California drought. We were stuck inside with colds as it was, so I would have welcomed more rain. Here's a funny side story. Brad was telling the kids that there is a drought so we need to save water. When I was helping William, who's almost three now, brush his teeth, he informed me that we need to turn off the water because there is a drought in the sink. I wonder ... [Continue Reading]

Vegetarian Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.  Okay guys. I know there are a million and one chili recipes out there. And possibly even that many vegetarian chili recipes. But I've got a couple of reasons why you should make this one. Give it a try, and I'm certain you will fall in love with this Vegetarian Chili. Here's why. As is my way these days, this recipe is so super duper easy. You can even choose whether you'd like to make this Vegetarian Chili on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Either way involves very little prep, it just depends on when you have time in your day to get dinner started. If you're at home ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup

A healthy vegetarian chili soup made entirely in the crock pot. This Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup is an easy meal for lazy, chilly days. We are in full on slow cooker season around here. Last week I shared this Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna, today we have Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup, and next week I have another super easy crock pot recipe to share. And those are just the new recipes that I've been working on for the blog. I've also been making my tried and true favorite slow cooker recipes during the past few weeks.  I'm putting that kitchen appliance to work! Judging by all of the slow cooker meals that I've seen popping up on my favorite blogs, ... [Continue Reading]

Carrot-Ginger Soup

This easy soup is made with just six ingredients. Topped with a dollop of sour cream, this Carrot-Ginger Soup is sure to become one of your favorite meals to enjoy on a chilly night. This time of year, I crave soup. There is something about a steaming mug of soup on a chilly day that just makes me happy. I have a few favorite recipes that I always make each fall and winter, plus new favorites like this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and this Turkey Chili Taco Soup. My old standbys, the ones I've been making for years, include Golden Winter Soup (you've got to try it), Harvest Pumpkin Soup, and today's Carrot-Ginger Soup. This Carrot-Ginger Soup is not new to the blog. I first ... [Continue Reading]

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Roasted butternut squash and apples lend a subtle sweetness to this silky smooth soup. October just flew by, didn't it? While I'd love time to slow down a little bit, I have to say I was excited to turn my calendar to the November page on Saturday morning. I'm loving the cooler days that we've had recently and the little bit of rain that came our way on last week. (Hopefully there is more rain in our near future?) What do you most look forward to when the chilly months of the year roll around? For me, it's rainy days spent at home, extra time with family and friends, and cozy afternoons spent relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea. And of course warm, comforting foods like ... [Continue Reading]

Farmers’ Market Minestrone

Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce! Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots?  Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun?  I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet.  The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer. One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food.  Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin...  fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking.  Something else to love about fall?  Soup time!  ... [Continue Reading]

Hearty Vegetable Chowder

This Hearty Vegetable Chowder is filled with leeks, carrots, celery, and potatoes. A scoop of tangy Greek yogurt and some Cajun spice give it plenty of flavor and a little kick to warm you up from the inside. Our temperatures are dropping here in California, and yesterday we got some much-needed rain. While our cold temperatures are certainly nothing extreme, I was looking to warm up with a comforting bowl of soup once dinner time rolled around. This hearty vegetable chowder was perfect to fill our tummies and warm us up, especially since we gave it a little kick with an extra pinch of cayenne pepper! There are two key steps that give this soup it's hearty, smooth broth. First, ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey Chili Taco Soup

This Saturday we had our family over for lunch following William's baptism. The baptism service was very nice, and it was wonderful to get together to celebrate as a family. For lunch we made this Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and it was a huge hit. Most everyone asked for the recipe, and here it is! When I say “we” made this soup, I really mean Brad. Having a lunch party at our house on Saturday isn't easy when we both work Fridays because there is not much time to prepare. I did my best to clean the house earlier in the week, and then Friday night after the kids went to bed there were only a few last minute things we needed to do. I worked on picking up the house and setting the tables (with ... [Continue Reading]

Golden Winter Soup

I have been making this soup ever since it appeared in Cooking Light magazine in January 2008. As soon as butternut squash come into season, this is one of the first meals that I cannot wait to make. A delicious combination of butternut squash, potato, and leeks, Golden Winter Soup is hearty with a nice balance of flavors. Once you prep the squash, potatoes, and leeks, which takes maybe 20 minutes or so, the soup comes together really easily. This soup is delicious served with Gruyere toasts, which add a salty note to balance the slightly sweet, slightly savory soup. This time, I served it with the Cloverleaf Rolls that you see pictured in the photos. Golden Winter Soup is definitely a ... [Continue Reading]

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

With the arrival of cooler weather I have been craving soup. Lately I've also been wanting a hot meal for lunch, as opposed to my usual sandwich and fruit. So today I decided to make some Broccoli Cheddar Soup for us. I also happened to have a few Honey Yeast Rolls in my freezer. The homemade rolls and soup were just right for a satisfying lunch on a fall day. And the best part is we now have leftover soup to enjoy for lunch the next few days.  :) One year ago: Autumn Apple and Spinach Salad Broccoli Cheddar Soup Printable Recipe Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients: 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 cups broccoli, cut into small ... [Continue Reading]

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

My family usually eats vegetarian meals a few times a week, and this three bean chili is a great meatless meal. The chili includes pinto, cannellini, and kidney beans, which provide plenty of filling protein. We rounded out our meal with a green salad and some cornbread muffins. The chili has a touch of sweetness from the roasted red peppers and butternut squash. I used just a pinch of red pepper flakes and our chili had only a hint of spice. If you want more spice, you should increase the amount of red pepper flakes, or add some chili powder or a pinch of cayenne pepper. This recipe is not difficult, but it does take a good amount of time from start to finish. Not all of the time is ... [Continue Reading]

Tortellini Soup

We have had a lot of rain here in California recently, and the weather forecast says we are in for many more rainy days to come. When I come home from work on a cold, wet day, it's nice to warm up with a bowl of soup for dinner. This recipe is great for busy weeknights because it literally takes about 25 minutes from start to finish. Add a green salad and some french bread (or homemade rolls, if you happen to have some in your freezer), and you have a filling and delicious meal. Tortellini Soup Printable Recipe Makes 3-4 servings Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with ... [Continue Reading]

Baked Potato Soup

I made this soup for dinner last night, and we absolutely loved it. Now there are some delicious leftovers in my fridge just waiting to be eaten tonight! This soup is similar to other potato leek soup recipes that I've tried, but this version has by far the best flavor. I think the garlic and sour cream play key roles in taking this soup's flavor up a notch. Before adding the potatoes, you simmer a whole head of garlic with some of the other soup ingredients until the garlic is tender. After it's imparted loads of flavor into the soup, you remove the garlic head at the end. With each bite of soup, there is a hint of garlic flavor in the background, but it is not overpowering at all. Deb ... [Continue Reading]

Bean-and-Beef Chili

I have tried a few different chili recipes over the years and this one is by far my favorite. There's a crock pot chili that I've yet to post, this chicken chili which is delicious, but this beef-and-bean version I think is the best of them all. The chili is cooked for two hours on the stove, which makes the beef incredibly tender. A bowl of this chili has just the right balance between meat, beans, tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. The chili is spicy, but not too spicy, which I like. I reduced the amount of chili powder called for in the original recipe because I was hoping Julia would eat this meal. (She didn't, unless you count eating the cheese and avocado off the top, along with ... [Continue Reading]

Harvest Pumpkin Soup

Do you ever have really high hopes for a new recipe, but at the same time worry that it might not turn out well at all? That was my thinking about this pumpkin soup recipe before I tried it. For some reason, I wasn't sure if the ingredients were going to meld together well into the flavor I wanted. Happily, this pumpkin soup exceeded my highest expectations. It was so delicious, I could hardly wait until the next night when I could eat the leftovers for dinner. Another positive aspect of this recipe is that it is so easy! The only chopping involved is the chopping of one onion and two garlic cloves. After sauteing the onion and adding the other ingredients, a quick 15 minute simmer allows ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken Chili

I have been wanting to make chicken chili for a while now, and I decided that my family's Halloween get together would be the perfect time to try out this recipe. I will definitely be making this again, as it was enjoyed by all. This chili does have a good amount of spice to it, so it's the perfect meal to warm you up on a cold evening. If you want less spice, you can omit the chipotle chili in adobo sauce and reduce the amount of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. My family enjoyed it just as it is, topped with a little cheddar cheese. I like how this chili contains a good amount of vegetables (onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes) as well as protein from the chicken and beans. It's a ... [Continue Reading]