Soups – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com Healthy recipes & lifestyle tips for busy moms & their families Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:17:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 https://cdn.thismamacooks.com/images/2016/05/cropped-very-large-TMC-badge-512-3-32x32.jpg Soups – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com 32 32 A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/simple-healthy-split-pea-soup-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/simple-healthy-split-pea-soup-recipe.html#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=13818 A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights

If you think a homemade split pea soup recipe takes too much effort – especially during a weeknight – it’s much simpler than you think. A batch of this A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights takes about 60 minutes. Most of that is simmer time, when you can be doing other things like cleaning up and setting the table with cute handled soup bowls.

Plus, the taste of this healthy split pea soup is so worth it, especially compared to canned soup, which can be full of sodium and other ingredients you may not want.

This easy split pea soup recipe came from a food blogger recipe challenge when I was assigned Grandma Loy’s Warming Split Pea Soup.  She based her easy recipe for split pea soup on one she found in Women’s Day magazine.

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Making a quick batch of Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup

I changed up a few of the split pea soup ingredients used by Grandma Loy. First, I used homemade stock (and no additional water) and didn’t use bouillon cubes and water.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can use a vegetable stock. Otherwise, store bought chicken stock will work. If you’re gluten free, check the label to make sure the stock you buy is gluten free.

I also sautéed and caramelized the onions to soften them up and add a little unique flavor for my Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe.

Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe

If you have ham on hand, you can turn this into a split ham and pea soup recipe. It’s a great way to use up leftover spiral cut ham during the Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays.

For a smooth soup, run your healthy split pea soup recipe through a high speed blender, a food processor, or use a hand blender directly in the 4-quart pot. (Using a hand blender is so much easier since you don’t have to transfer the soup to the blender and then back into the pot. If you don’t have an immersion blender, treat yourself to one.)

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You may want to make a double batch of Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup. Freeze in food storage containers to heat up on busy weeknights.

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How to make homemade stock in your slow cooker

Grandma Loy used bullion cubes for her split pea soup recipe as a thrifty shortcut. I used homemade stock, which I find is even thriftier!

  1. After roasting a turkey, chicken, ham, or a pig (which we occasionally do at our backyard barbecues), take the carcass or bones and place them in your slow cooker.  Cover with water.
  2. Add some herbs to the water – thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, etc. Dried or fresh will work.
  3. Add some crushed garlic cloves. Cut up an onion, a couple of carrots, parsnips, and some stocks of celery (whatever you have on hand), and add them all to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Remove large pieces of bones and vegetables from the slow cooker and strain the liquid into food storage containers. Label with date and type of stock (turkey, chicken, etc.).
  6. If you want, you can pour stock into a couple of ice cube trays. Freeze and store cubes in Ziplock freezer bags to use when you just need a little stock in your cooking.
A Simple & Healthy Split Pea Soup recipe for busy weeknights

Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound split peas
  • 6 cups stock (you can use chicken, ham or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Pour peas on to a plate to check that there are no rocks or other foreign objects in with the peas.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium high heat. Add onions, minced garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Stirring frequently, sauté until onions soften, start to brown and caramelize.
  3. Add stock and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or until peas are soft. Stir occasionally.
  4. You can puree the soup in a blender, a food processor, or with a wand blender if you wish.
  5. Serve with gluten free bread and a nice side salad.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Servings: Serves 6
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

Originally posted on February 9, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

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Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/easy-chicken-stew-roasted-butternut-squash-quinoa-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/01/easy-chicken-stew-roasted-butternut-squash-quinoa-recipe.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:31:21 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=17882 Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa

When it’s cold outside, I crave healthy chicken stew recipes like this Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa recipe. It’s from my friend and frequent contributor Holly Clegg. It’s a one-pot, diabetic-friendly chicken stew recipe full of fantastic hearty flavors.

Make this chicken stew recipe from scratch tonight for dinner or for your upcoming soup-er bowl party!

You can find this easy chicken stew recipe in Holly’s wonderful trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook. This delicious and simple chicken stew recipe is ideal for anyone who’s on an arthritis diet as it can help to reduce inflammation.

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If you or a family member is on any kind of anti-inflammatory diet, whether for arthritis or another health issue, you’ll want to check out Holly’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook.While Holly specializes in diabetic and anti-inflammatory recipes, all of her recipes are delicious enough for the whole family – just like this Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa recipe!

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Healthy chicken stew recipes make delicious souper suppers!

This time of year, warm and inviting pots of soups and stews are often found simmering on the stove. One-pot soups are winter-wonderful, especially if you are feeding a soup-er bowl party crowd – you are sure to please with these winning one-pot meals.

Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa is an excellent healthy chicken soup recipe that sounds more complicated, but is actually very easy. Roasting the squash is worth it as it brings out the buttery sweet flavor. And these days you can find pre-washed pre-cut squash, which saves you lots of time and effort.

Using rotisserie chicken, pre-cut butternut squash, and a few pantry staples this hearty soup basically cooks itself.

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If you aren’t familiar with quinoa, then you should definitely give it a try as it’s readily available in most grocery stores. Although it’s usually thought of as a whole grain, it’s actually a seed and considered a complete protein, making it a healthy addition to this delicious, gluten-free, diabetic-friendly easy chicken stew recipe.

I hope you serve yourself a cup of my delicious diabetic chicken stew recipe and cozy up to keep it easy and warm you up on these colder days.

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Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chopped fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 6 cups low sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3 cups cooked, chopped skinless chicken breast (rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 400°F. Line baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread squash on prepared pan and roast squash 20-25 minutes or until tender and starting to brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion and garlic about 5 minutes; until tender.
  4. Add tomatoes, broth, squash, oregano and quinoa. Bring to boil, lower heat and cover, cooking 15 minutes, or until quinoa turns translucent. Add chicken and parsley, heat a few minutes.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 10 servings
  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 147
  • Calories from Fat: 19 (13%)
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 276mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 38mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 lean meat

Recipe and photograph used with permission of author.

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Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/easy-dairy-free-oyster-chowder-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/easy-dairy-free-oyster-chowder-recipe.html#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:27:22 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=11327 Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder

If you eat seafood for Christmas Eve, consider trying this easy oyster chowder recipe. It’s a creamy dairy free soup recipe that’s perfect for anyone who’s also on a gluten free diet this Christmas season.

Your guests will certainly appreciate the time and effort you’ve taken to make sure there are Christmas Eve seafood recipes served that are dairy and gluten free. Most people I know have to bring their own food to the holiday feast!

An oyster chowder recipe inspired by Mark Twain

The reason I came up with this recipe for Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder recipe was due to a recipe challenge from Cook the Books. We were assigned Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens by Andrew Beahrs.

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I didn’t realize what a gourmand Mark Twain, well, Samuel Clemens, was. Documented in his first successful novel, A Tramp Abroad, Mr. Twain  took every opportunity to poke fun of the horrid hotel food in Europe and how he couldn’t wait to come back to “a plate of hot buckwheat cakes, with transparent syrup.” So different from today’s culinary adventurers who find bliss in every European bistro and sidewalk café and shutter to think of American fast food restaurants!

I wonder what Mr. Clemens would think of my Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder!

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Exploring American food ways with Twain’s Feast

Even if you’re not a big fan of Mark Twain’s books, if you love American food history, you’re sure to flip over Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens. Andrew Beahrs takes some of the foods Mr. Twain mentions in A Tramp Abroad, digs deeper into how people enjoyed them back in Twain’s time, and shows us how so many of foods that were taken for granted, like prairie chickens and terrapin turtle, are gone or endangered now due to environmental destruction and/or overhunting.

I was fascinated to learn how certain fish and oyster species no longer exist in their native habitats, like the native oysters in San Francisco Bay and the trout in Lake Tahoe. In fact, we’ve had to transplant other U.S. species just to keep up with demand and our changing landscape. Luckily there's oysters at the store for this dairy free seafood soup recipe!

My choice, an oyster recipe

When Twain was living in San Francisco in the 1860s, oyster places were popular places for men (and men only!) to gather, talk, eat, smoke, drink – and drink some more. In 1892, according to Beahrs, Americans would eat 197,639,000 of dressed (meat only) oysters. It was the Age of Oysters! I find it sad today that most Americans go, “Ewwwww, oysters, how disgusting!” and won’t even eat cooked oysters let alone raw ones.

Inspired by Twain's Feast, I decided to make an oyster chowder recipe. While I was recovering from brain surgery, one night for dinner my husband, Paul, made two versions of this oyster soup recipe – one with milk and the other with rice milk for me, since I have a food sensitivity to the whey in milk.

The funny thing was that after trying both soups, we preferred the soup made with rice milk, which had a nice sweetness to it that complimented the taste of the oysters. The soup made with cow’s milk tasted like milk and then like oysters. It was kind of nasty, frankly.

Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder

From oyster soup to oyster chowder

When Paul made his oyster soup, he hadn’t bothered to thicken either with a roux or cream, so I wanted to figure out how to thicken the oyster soup while keeping it both gluten free and dairy free. I decided to try two methods in my easy oyster chowder recipe. Maybe this was overkill, but it worked out nicely to thicken the oyster soup into a creamy oyster chowder that was both gluten and dairy free.

First, I added cooked rice to rice milk, heated it up, and then used an immersion blender to create a super thick rice milk broth.

Second, I cooked up a roux with an all purpose gluten free flour and a non-dairy buttery spread. While this served to further thicken the chowder and give it a velvety finish, it also added a lot of buttery flavor to the stew. If you’re used to making a roux with regular flour and butter, don’t expect a gluten free flour and buttery spread roux to brown. It just won’t. If you wait around, it’ll just start getting crusty and burnt.

About the oysters. I used canned whole oysters and was pleasantly surprised of their excellent quality. The oyster liquor tasted great and the oysters themselves were plump and fresh smelling.

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I did find fresh (dressed) oysters at one of my grocery stores, but I’m always a bit weary of grocery store seafood. Plus, eight ounces of (dressed) oysters were $6 versus $2.49 for the cans. I don’t want to assume you have access to fresh oysters or the budget to purchase them.

Ideally, if I lived closer to Atlanta, I would have driven to one of the terrific Asian supermarkets like H-mart. They all carry high quality fresh seafood and will shuck fresh oysters for you to use in your Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder! If you have Asian markets like H-mart near you, make sure to give them your patronage.

Finally, if you don't like oysters, feel free to use canned whole clams instead as this recipe would also make a fantastic clam chowder. Add a bag or two of frozen diced potatoes at the end, heat through on medium, and you're ready to go!

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Easy Dairy Free Oyster Chowder

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Oyster Chowder

Ingredients

  • 7 cups rice milk, divided
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup dairy free buttery spread
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 4 large stalks celery, minced
  • 4 (8 ounce) cans oysters, drained reserving the liquid
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce for serving

Directions

  1. Heat 4 cups of rice milk and white rice in a large pot slowly over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Bring to a low simmer.
  2. Take an immersion blender and blend rice milk and rice until smooth. (You can do this in stages in a blender or food processor instead.)
  3. Add remaining 3 cups of rice milk and bring rice broth back to a low simmer. Reduce heat to low.
  4. In a separate skillet, melt the buttery spread over medium to medium high heat for the roux. Add the gluten free flour tablespoon by tablespoon, stirring it in until the flour is totally incorporated. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the minced shallots, minced onions, and the reserved oyster liquid. Cook until the celery and shallots are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add the roux, shallots and celery mixture to the rice broth. Stir until fully incorporated. If chowder seems too thick, you can add more rice milk if you like.
  7. Add oysters to the chowder and season with salt and white pepper to taste. Cook until heated through and keep on low heat.
  8. Serve with hot sauce.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Serves 8 to 10
  • Serving size: 1 to 2 bowls

Originally published March 31, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

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How to open a few cans to make Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/easy-slow-cooker-spam-soup-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/12/easy-slow-cooker-spam-soup-recipe.html#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=10376 How to open a few cans to make Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup

If you love SPAM, you have to check out this Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup recipe. All you need to do is have a well-stocked pantry and SPAM!

With cold winter weather here, scary icy roads mean staying home and making due with what’s on hand. That’s why you should stock up on your favorite canned goods like vegetables, different types of canned tomatoes, and your favorite type of SPAM to make this quick and easy to make soup recipe.

Making this slow cooker SPAM soup recipe is also good for those times when you’re too busy or not feeling well enough to go to the store, and want to make a warm, healthy and delicious soup for you and your family.

With all that in mind, I’ve created this Slow Cooker Vegetable & SPAM Soup recipe using some of my favorite canned goods from Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles to two a new favorite I discovered after moving to the South, Glory Foods Tomatoes, Okra and Corn.

How to make Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup

Slow Cooker Vegetable & SPAM Soup is perfect to get going in the morning just after breakfast. First, open all the cans. This type of can opener makes it easy, especially if you don’t want another counter top appliance.

Dice up a can of your favorite flavor of SPAM. (I like SPAM lite.) Then dump everything into your Crock-Pot, cover and turn it on. Come dinner time you have a hearty, healthy SPAM soup waiting for you in your slow cooker.

You can make Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup on a gas stovetop or even a grill top if the electricity is out during a snowstorm, too!

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Why we love SPAM for soup recipes

After going to Hawaii a few years back, my husband and I fell in love with SPAM masubi. It’s the Hawaiian version of a quick snack food that you can buy at gas station convenience stores, golf courses, and even the snack bar at the beach.

It consists of a slice of grilled SPAM on top of a block of sushi rice, which is then wrapped in nori dried seaweed. So good – really!

Ever since our trip to Hawaii, then we always have a few cans of SPAM lite in the house to add to eggs, ramen, stir fry, or even gluten free noodles.

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The beauty of a well-stocked “cantry”

I find that having a well-stocked “cantry” helps me put more home-cooked meals on the table since I rely on canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and a variety of vegetables as the basis of so many of my recipes like Easy & Healthy Taco Soup, which can be made in a slow cooker or on the stove top.

I feel good about using canned vegetables and beans since the canning process locks in foods’ freshness, flavor and nutrients at the peak of ripeness right after picking. Also, according to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts.

Keep an eye on sales at your local grocery store and stock up on SPAM and other canned goods for your next batch of Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup.

How to open a few cans to make Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup

Easy Slow Cooker SPAM Soup

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except cheese and chips in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until heated through.
  2. Served with a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top and some tortilla chips on the side. Or break up the chips, and throw them right into the soup, then top with some cheese. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Hours
Total Time: 8 Hours
Servings: Serves 8
  • Serving size: 2 large bowls

Originally published on December 19, 2013. Updated with new photos and information.

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Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/11/easy-cioppino-seafood-stew-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/11/easy-cioppino-seafood-stew-recipe.html#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=7117 Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew

For those of you unfamiliar with cioppino, it’s a fish stew originating in San Francisco. Cioppino has its roots in Portuguese and Italian seafood stews and is considered an Italian-American dish. My husband loves ordering cioppino seafood stew when we eat out. (Me, too!)

When I decided to make Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew, I had trouble finding fresh seafood that was affordable. That’s why I decided to create a recipe for cioppino seafood stew (based on one from Giada De Laurentiis) for cioppino that relies on frozen seafood.

I used Trader Joe’s Frozen Seafood mix, which is a combination of shrimp, scallops and calamari and only $7.99 for a one pound bag. In addition, I bought frozen, shell off shrimp at Kroger and used the tilapia I had in the freezer from Costco.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t find frozen mussels that weren’t breaded (blech!) for my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew recipe, so we had to forego the fun of  picking them out of the soup. In addition, I couldn’t find fish stock at the store and didn’t have time to make any from scratch.

After doing a little research and finding recipes for cioppino seafood stew that used either chicken broth or clam juice, I decided to do a mix of the two.

Even with the “dumbing down” of the more traditional cioppino Italian seafood stew recipe, my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew was very tasty. Since it relies on frozen items, you can easily make a batch on the weekends when you have a little time to cook, but don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen.

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Try doubling the batch and freezing it for later. (You’ll need a large stock pot if you double it.) Also, the leftover easy cioppino seafood stew heats up well in the microwave – just don't over reheat it or the seafood will end up chewy and rubbery.

This cioppino style seafood stew recipe is also perfect for Christmas Eve dinner, since many people traditionally have seafood or fish that night.

Finally, if you don’t want to use wine in your batch of Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew, use the equivalent amount of gluten free low sodium chicken broth.

Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew

Easy and Healthy Cioppino Fish Stew

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 1/3 cups low sodium chicken stock (gluten free)
  • 3 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 pounds Trader Joe’s Frozen Seafood Mix
  • 1 pound frozen, shell off shrimp
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, shell off
  • 1 1/2 pounds white, firm-fleshed fish fillets, cut into 2-inch chunks

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and sauté for 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes with their juices, wine, chicken stock, clam juice, and bay leaf.
  5. Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
  6. Add the frozen seafood mix to the pot. Cover and cook until the seafood is cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes
  8. Season the soup to taste with more salt and red pepper flakes, if needed.
  9. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 6 servings
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

Originally published on January 10, 2013. Updated with new pictures.

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Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/10/healthy-vegetarian-pumpkin-soup-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/10/healthy-vegetarian-pumpkin-soup-recipe.html#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:27:26 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=3976 Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup

Get your big and little spooks and goblins warmed up after trick or treating with this Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup. Wouldn’t it be fun to serve this delicious vegetarian pumpkin soup in mugs and hand it to them as they walked in the door?

Not only is this simple pumpkin soup recipe a perfect vegetarian Meatless Monday dish – serve it with a big salad and some rustic bread or gluten free crackers – but it would also make a wonderful Thanksgiving meal starter, too.

Since this pumpkin soup recipe makes such a big portion, freeze half for later. Then you can defrost just heat and serve homemade pumpkin soup on Thanksgiving morning. Serve it with sandwiches as a light lunch while everyone watches football and you cook up the Thanksgiving feast!

This Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup recipe will work for Halloween as a Thanksgiving starter. Click to get this easy pumpkin recipe.

Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup is good for you food!

I love cooking with pumpkin and making this vegetarian pumpkin soup recipe, because it’s so healthy for you. Did you know that pumpkin is a good source of fiber? That’s why you feel so full after having a bowl of pumpkin soup!

Pumpkin is also an excellent source of vitamin A, which is important for vision health. Pumpkins get vitamin A from beta-carotene, one of the carotenoids compounds that give pumpkins their bright orange color. Beta carotene is also an antioxidant, which may prevent cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Those same antioxidants found in pumpkins also prevent wrinkles, at least according to Health magazine. Maybe you should use my pumpkin soup as a face mask! Well, maybe not.

It’s nice knowing that something that’s so delicious is also good for you!

See my Four ways to cook a fresh pumpkin post for tips on cooking pumpkins.

Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup

Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup

Recipe courtesy of Golden Door Executive Chef Curtis Cooke

Ingredients

  • 10 cups pumpkin, peeled, seeded, cut into large pieces
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon grape seed oil, divided
  • 1 cup shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white wine (substitute with vegetable stock, if you wish)
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth (gluten free)
  • 1 sachet of 6 sprigs thyme, 6 sprigs parsley, 1 bay leaf and 8 black peppercorns
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the large pumpkin pieces with just enough grape seed oil (approximately 1/4 cup) to coat and place on a baking sheet into the oven.
  3. Roast the pumpkin until very tender, approximately 15-20 minutes. Cool and reserve.
  4. In a large stock pot, sauté the shallots, celery, and garlic in a tablespoon of grape seed oil for 5 minutes.
  5. Deglaze with the white wine (or vegetable stock) and reduce the liquid by half.
  6. Add the roasted pumpkin, vegetable stock and sachet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the sachet, and puree the soup in a blender, food processor or with an immersion (wand) blender.
  8. Adjust the seasoning with salt and serve.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 to 10 cups
  • Serving size: 1 1/2 to 2 cups

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Recipe and photos used with permission.
Originally posted October 31, 2011.

Looking for an easy homemade pumpkin soup recipe? Try this Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin soup. Click to get this healthy gluten free and dairy free pumpkin soup recipe.
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Easy & Quick Chili https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/09/easy-quick-chili-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/09/easy-quick-chili-recipe.html#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=6550 Easy & Quick Chili recipe

Here’s another trim& TERRIFIC® recipe from my  friend, Holly Clegg’s new cookbook, Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence. This easy and quick chili recipe is perfect to serve on a cool and busy Halloween night – or any night when you don’t have time to cook.

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You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at  The Healthy Cooking Blog. Check out Holly’s trim & TERRIFIC™ cookbooks on Amazon, too!

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Satisfy a crowd with Easy & Quick Chili

With Halloween coming up, sure candy is on the minds of little one’s. But there’s more to this fun filled night than just sugar-loaded snacks.

Even though this Halloween recipe focuses on the children, there are always adults around. And all of that trick-or-treating can really make a crowd hungry! A simmering pot of hearty chili on the stove is a satisfying economical dinner that not only feeds a crowd, but also this one-pot meal leaves little cleanup.

And not much else hits the spot on a crisp fall evening than a big bowl of Easy & Quick Chili – full of flavor and oh-so-simple to whip up! Not enough bowls to go around? Don’t worry! Pull out mugs for easy entertaining.

Your family will love this Easy & Quick Chili. Comes with a slow cooker option. Click to get this easy, quick and gluten free chili recipe.

This Mama’s tips for making Easy & Quick Chili

If you’re gluten free, make sure you use a gluten free low sodium, chicken broth. My favorite is Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth.

To cook this quick chili recipe in slow cooker, first cook ground sirloin and onion in a large skillet until done. Then add the cooked ground sirloin and the rest of the ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

For easy crock-pot cleanup, use slow cooker liners. They’re WONDERFUL. Now that I use them, I no longer have to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it using Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and a scouring pad.

Stock up on slow cooker liners on Amazon at a great price!

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Serve this Easy & Quick Chili recipe with chopped red onions, avocado, and shredded reduced-fat cheese.

A cheaper and delicious alternative to lean ground sirloin  is lean ground turkey.

Easy & Quick Chili recipe

Easy & Quick Chili

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In large nonstick pot, cook meat and onion until done; drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook over low heat about 10 minutes.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: Makes 4 heaping servings
  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 318
  • Calories from Fat: 64 (20%)
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 759mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 34g
  • Cholesterol: 62mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 4 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Originally posted October 23, 2012. Updated with new pictures and information.

This Easy & Quick Chili is perfect for Halloween, fall or winter entertaining and dinners. Comes with a slow cooker option. Click to get this easy, quick and gluten free chili recipe.
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Easy Tomato & Okra Soup https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/09/easy-tomato-okra-soup-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2016/09/easy-tomato-okra-soup-recipe.html#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=6691 Easy Tomato & Okra Soup

I loved okra even before we moved to the South. So when I saw a recipe for Okra Soup on Close to Home, my assignment during a food blogger challenge, I knew this would be a perfect fall time soup to do a recipe makeover.

I’ve taken Maria’s version of Okra Soup that is based on this recipe at Saveur.com and made some changes like using pancetta instead of bacon and fresh thyme from the garden instead of dried.

To save time when making Easy Tomato & Okra Soup, I used canned fire roasted diced tomatoes instead of whole, peeled tomatoes so I wouldn’t have to crush them by hand. I love Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes. Hunt's Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes are great, too.

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I also used pre-diced pancetta, which you can find in the high end deli section next to deli sliced salami. If you can’t find pancetta for your Easy Tomato & Okra Soup, you can use bacon. Just cut it into small pieces before cooking.

This healthy Easy Tomato & Okra Soup recipe is perfect for fall. So delicious that even the kids won't mind all the vegetables in this easy to make soup recipe.

However, the real time saving trick was to use frozen, diced okra for my okra soup. Since fresh okra costs twice as much as frozen, it’s also a way to cut costs. Finally, you don’t want to boil the okra into a mush. I like the okra to be cooked through, but still have a crunch to it.

This okra soup recipe is a double batch, so you’ll need to make it in a large stock pot. I make big batches of  Easy Tomato & Okra Soup so we’d have plenty left over for take to school and work lunches. You can also freeze half of this okra soup recipe in freezer storage containers for a soup and salad lunch or dinner.

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Easy Tomato & Okra Soup

Easy Tomato & Okra Soup

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat oil and bacon over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until fat renders, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add thyme, garlic, onion, celery, and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until caramelized, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add okra, chicken stock, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, until okra is slightly tender but not mushy, about 20-30 minutes.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Double batch – serves 12-16
  • Serving size: 1/12 to 1/16 of recipe

Originally published on November 12, 2012. Updated with new pictures.

Looking for an easy to make healthy soup recipe? Check out this Easy Tomato & Okra Soup recipe. So delicious, even your kids will ask for seconds! Make a double batch and freeze half for another night's soup and salad lunch or dinner. Click to get this easy and healthy soup recipe.
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