Tasty Tuesday – Creamy Parm Tortellini Soup

If you are looking for a warming, filling and super delicious dish to get through these bitterly cold days, this one was PERFECT! 😍

Warmed me up after being chilled to the bones for weeks!

Creamy Parm Tortellini Soup

Of note: we added chicken to get protein in. I also suggested next time we could try it with small meatballs like in Italian Wedding Soup, because I bet it’d be delicious!

And we seasoned to our taste, because recipes always go light on the seasoning and we LOVE seasoning!

So good!

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Tasty Thursday – Broccoli Turmeric Soup

Tis the season for the soup, especially with all these awful viruses and flu’s going around!

Broccoli Turmeric Soup

• 1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
• 1 small white onion-diced (½ cup)
• 1 stalk organic celery—diced
• 1½ teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
• 2 garlic cloves—minced
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 large head Broccoli—stems removed and cut into florets
• 1 bay leaf
• 5 cups organic vegetable stock
• ¼ teaspoon fresh ginger—grated
• ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
• 1 small avocado
• ½ fresh lemon

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Slow Cooker Saturday – Chicken Minestrone Soup

Recipe source: http://www.thekitchn.com

Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken Minestrone

Serves 6 to 8

For the broth:

1 ½ pounds bone-in chicken thighs
1 medium leek, sliced into ½-inch rounds and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds
2 celery stalks, cut into ¼-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
Pepper
1 quart (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water

To finish:
1 cup whole-wheat pasta shells
1 bunch red Swiss chard
½ head green cabbage or 4 cups of shredded cabbage
1 medium zucchini
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

For the broth:
Place the chicken, leek, tomatoes and their juices, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon salt in the insert of a large slow cooker (at least 4 quarts). Season with pepper and add the broth and water. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Meanwhile, prep the other vegetables and cook the pasta.

To finish:
Cook the pasta shells according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water, then store in the refrigerator.

Remove the stems from the chard. Cut the leaves crosswise into 1-inch-wide pieces. Place in a large bowl. Core the cabbage, thinly slice, and add to the bowl of chard. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Refrigerate until the broth is ready. (The pasta can be cooked and the vegetables prepared up to a day in advance.)

When the broth is ready, remove the chicken and bay leaf to a plate and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, add the bowl of vegetables to the broth and stir to combine. Cover the slow cooker, turn the heat to high if not already on high, and cook until the greens are tender but not mushy, 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken meat from the bones and discard the skin, bones, and bay leaf. Shred the meat into bite-sized pieces. Stir the garbanzos, chicken, and cooked pasta into the soup. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

I LOVE minestrone soup, and I am always looking for ways to add protein – my demanding workouts basically demand it! How does this sound to you?

Tasty Thursday – Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Yep, soup season is in full swing here in New England! It’s cold!

Soup is not only warming, but it’s comforting – after shoveling or sledding, its a great way to warm back up!

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

You can garnish with Cilantro if you would like. Are you a fan of butternut squash?

This makes a nice sized batch so you have plenty for dinner and lunch the next day (unless you have a large family!) – right now it’s just my husband and I, so we have leftovers for a yummy lunch the following day!

Tasty Tuesday – Seafood Soup

Seafood Soup

Do you like seafood? How about soup? This one marries the two, and it works splendidly! Hearty but doesn’t weigh you down as much as some soups do!

You can play around with the seasoning – more or less, according to your taste. Great to enjoy with bread to sop up all the broth!

Does this sound like something you would try? I LOVE seafood, it’s in my blood, growing up in the Ocean State… I can’t get enough of this stuff 🙂

Feel Good Friday – Chicken Noodle Soup

If you aren’t from the Northeast region of the United States, you may not be able to relate to the crazy, unrelenting weather we have been having. I’m not complaining, per se, because I know it is a part of the weather where I choose to live. However, snowstorm after snowstorm, terrible driving conditions, shoveling day after day, and days where the sun doesn’t even show it’s face for a minute sometimes wears your psyche down. I confess, I have fallen victim to this lately. It’s piggybacking on top of other challenging situations in life, so they have basically combined forces to sap my happiness, my energy, and my willpower.

The culmination of that came this week when I was feeling under the weather on top of everything else, and I just felt beat down; I felt broken. I like to think I typically handle what life throws at me with grace and dignity, but even I have my limits. So when I felt sick, I wanted a familiar comfort, and it was perfect for the weather. Enter the classic favorite – Chicken Noodle Soup! I couldn’t find my copy of my mama’s recipe, so I went with a different one designed for the crockpot (because like I’ve said, New England winters + crockpots = best combination ever!)

Never fails! Instant dose of happiness.
Never fails! Instant dose of happiness.

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