So, after almost a year I’m still cooking, still eating, and still happy to share the foods that make me the happiest. I’m just a little tight on time to do what needs to be done to share these delicious things on the online. I still feel terribly accomplished when I do in fact finish making, eating, and cleaning up three meals a day, so if I get to share them, that’s just a bonus. So let’s get ready for some boni!
For now I am just going to share what I’ve got planned out for this week on the dinner table, and then I hope to share how I like them each, because they are all new-to-me recipes. (I am SUCH a sucker for new recipes! I can’t help it!)
This week I guess is turning out to be “The Week Of The Soup, ”
Fisherman’s Soup from Cookin’ Canuck. I don’t cook with fish a lot at all, which really doesn’t make sense, because I really like fish, and I know there are many health benefits to having fish in your regular diet. I hereby vow to make one fish dish a part of the weekly rotation.
Crock-Pot Hawaiian Chicken Chili from Heather Likes Food. I ate this one time at a church event, and I thought about it constantly for a year after. I searched for recipes that would give me something similar, but I failed. THEN I ate it again, at the same event, a year later, and tackled the woman who had made it, and made her surrender the recipe! (Actually, she happily shared it (before I tackled her) but that’s not very dramatic) This soup really is SO great, and I am sure it will become a family favorite as soon as I make it. IF I let them eat it.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup from Smashed Peas and Carrots – Ok, I don’t think I realized I was planning three crock-pot soups when I planned the meals for this week. Which is funny, because I am experiencing some”crockpot fatigue.” By which I mean that there have been SO many crock pot meals in my past year due to freeze-ahead meal planning (SAVED my life- glory glory hallelujah) that I’ve just really gotten tired of the texture the crockpot usually tosses out. But I made a plan, so I am sticking to it. Who knows, maybe it will rekindle my love for crock-pots.
Broccoli-Spinach Soup with Avocado Toasts from Whole Living
Yes, I am on a soup posting kick. But that’s because that’s how I survive winter.
This soup has been one of my favorites for a while. It’s so quick and easy to make. It’s so great with the avocado toasts along side of it, but just fine on it’s own too. I have a slight tahini addiction, and this soup cradles that addiction like a true enabler. The kid loves this soup too, but then again- the kid LOVES broccoli. Not sure how this would go over with a kid who avoids broccoli, like the one I am married to. I feel like he has eaten this in the past, but I think we were dating at the time, and so he likely just “grin-and-bare’d” it, as I now know how high broccoli is on his “please don’t feed me this” list.
Just made this for the first time (doubled it of course) and it’s SO good, and a brand new family favorite. Incredibly easy to throw together. I want to make it again soon and add potatoes and/or cauliflower to the mix.
Roasted Cauliflower Tomato Soup by Vegan Yack Attack
I’ve made this soup a few times now, and it’s shaping up to be a favorite (with a little more seasoning, that is). Though I easily enjoy vegetarian recipes, this one stands out to me, because the roasted cauliflower pieces make the soup so “meaty” in a way. Which is interesting, because I LOVE cauliflower, but it typically represents a very mild flavor and texture when cooked. Not here, my friends. It’s like it grew beard, found some plaid shirts, and wields an axe like it’s a toothpick, for a living. Then got chopped up and added to the soup I guess, boy that analogy fell apart quickly.
Green Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk and Warm Spices by The Traveler’s Lunchbox
We are in it, aren’t we. That time of the year where it’s still cold. Still bare out there, still winter. Spring is close, we can almost touch it. But we are still here. It’s still cold. These are the kinds of meals we eat to make us forget about our cold weather blues. Make and eat this amazing soup, and all will be better. I promise spring will be here before we know it.
I know I just posted a peanut soup already, but this one earns separate mention. With the cold/snowy/home bound days we’ve had here as of late, I thought it appropriate to post a few great solid, soul and body warming winter soups.
Spicy Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup from The Candid Appetite
I have a few soups of this type I just can’t quit. They are usually a mix of some sort of potato, ground meat or sausage, and a hardy green. This one is probably the most decadent of the bunch. And the only one I indulge in when I am only cooking for me and my man, as it’s good and spicy. Spicy is not nice for the kid. Also, don’t be fooled, I don’t make my own broth, I buy boxes of the premade (organic) stuff, by the tons.
Also, side note- for this and any of the recipes I post that involve hardy greens- I often just get a bag of mixed “power” or “southern” greens (depending on the store), or when I am really on top of things whatever greens has arrived in my CSA box that week, and substitute it with that. It always works.