Archive for: Soups, Stews & Chilis


Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili

Put your crock pot to work with this easy, protein-packed Slow Cooker Turkey Chickpea Chili. This is my favorite healthy chili recipe! Meet my new favorite chili. We've got chickpeas. And veggies. Some lean protein in the form of ground turkey (and more from the chickpeas!). And just enough spice to make both the grown ups and the kids happy. :) That's a quadruple win. Wait a second. We need to add one more win to the list because this turkey and chickpea chili is made in the slow cooker! The slow cooking process allows the flavors plenty of time to develop, and it also means that come dinner time all you have to do is spoon this deliciousness into your bowl. ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew

This Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew is full of healthy vegetables and flavor! It cooks all day in your crock pot, so it's perfect for busy workdays. When you look at my top 10 most popular recipes, three of them are slow cooker recipes. Surprised? I can't say that I am. I know how much I love to use my slow cooker, so it makes sense that you do too. So what's a girl to do? Bring you more crock pot recipes of course! Today we've got this Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew, and I won't stop there. I've got plenty more ideas for slow cooker recipes to test and send your way as soon as they've proven their worth. ;) And just in case your curiosity is getting the best of you... those top 3 slow ... [Continue Reading]

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]