Kid Approved Tortilla Soup

Every time I suggest eating soup to my grandchildren they look at me horrified like I just suggested eating worms or bugs. What kid doesn’t eat soup? I grew up on Campbell’s chicken noodle, vegetable beef, and alphabet soup. Not that I would give them canned soup but I was sure I could make something they liked. So, like with most children, it helps to get them involved in the cooking process. I started with telling them we were going...

 

Garden Vegetable Lentil Soup

This soup is perfect cause it’s fast and fresh and can be made with just about any vegetables you have on hand. The flavor is amazingly deep and rich. Done in under 30 minutes it’s perfect for a fast week night meal served with some crusty warm bread on the side. Kristy Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 large carrot, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 tsp sea salt or to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp thyme 1 tsp...

 

Creamy Potato Onion Soup

When my husband and I were coming off our 5 day juice detox we needed to make sure that we eased our way back into eating solid foods.  One of the things that is recommended is starting off with soups.  My husband is not a fan of broth based soups so I needed to come up with something creamy that he would enjoy. The potato often gets a bad rap but it’s really just a myth!  After all the potato is a vegetable and vegetables are good for...

 

Pho Noodle Bowl

There’s this restaurant on the corner where I get my hair cut called Pho House. The aroma that comes from that place is killer. I feel like I am being put under a spell and drawn towards the doors to go in and eat whatever is creating that lovely smell. I mentioned this to my hair dresser and she asked me if I’ve ever had a pho noodle bowl? She said you have to try it. The broth is unlike anything else you have ever tasted. Unfortunately...

 

Roasted Tomato and Quinoa Soup

I did it again. I got carried away at the market and bought more than I should have. This time it was cherry tomatoes. But they were on special and they had this nice tray of testers and those beautiful little red nuggets were so sweet and juicy. How could I resist? My favorite thing for using extra tomatoes is to roast them in a little olive oil and then use them in a bean salad but it was cold and damp out and I wanted a nice warm soup so here...

 
Harmony Stew

Harmony Stew

I was watching a rerun of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” and saw again a story he told of the 3 Sisters, corn, beans and squash. The 3 are grown together so the corn stalk can grow tall for the beans to climb up and in the process the beans support the corns stalk from being blown over. The squash grows on the ground around them to keep out the weeds and to keep the soil moist. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the world worked in such...

 

Potato and Leek Soup

The first time I had potato soup was back in ancient days, 9th grade, and I was trying to impress my boyfriend with my cooking skills. I offered to make him lunch and asked what he would like. He said potato soup. Oh no, now what was I going to do? I had never had potato soup. He opened a cupboard and took out a can of good ole Campbell’s soup. Saved…I thought. I opened the can, added milk and heated it up. I tasted it before serving...

 
One Pot Stew

One Pot Stew

Last week when most of Southern California was complaining because it was a gloomy, rainy and overcast day I was actually enjoying every second of it.  It totally felt like Fall and I was loving it!  I wasted no time throwing together this stew so that I could enjoy a bowl of it for lunch with some whole wheat bread.  I made this in my slow cooker but you can also make it on the stove top.  Feel free to mix and match your favorite veggies to...

 

Thai Coconut Vegetable Soup

As Albert Hammond sang, “seems it never rains in Southern California” but today proved that wrong as it rained all day long. The silver lining in the clouds?  It put me in the mood for soup. As I browsed through my soup recipes one jumped out at me as just the thing I was looking for, a little spicy, a mix of sweet and sour and lots of creamy goodness. Thai Coconut Vegetable or Tom Kha Phak. I made this soup with tofu but it could also...

 
Slow Cooker Shrimp Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Shrimp Jambalaya

I used to work at a company that took it’s potlucks as seriously as it did it’s business. We made up more excuses to have a potluck than Hallmark has holidays or Heinz has varieties or….well, you get the picture. My Shrimp Jambalaya was often requested and that was ok with me because no one had to know how easy it was to make. It cooked itself in the slow cooker and I had only one pot to deal with cleaning up after it was all done....