Friday, January 15, 2016

Soup is the Recipe for a Cold Day

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I love soup in the winter.  I think there is something so comforting about curling up with a hot bowl of soup and some homemade bread, especially on a very cold day. 


We had such a mild November and December, I wasn’t really in the mood for soup all that much, which is funny because I usually will make a big pot of soup every week.  However, winter has definitely arrived, and it is COLD!

January is always a slim month when it comes to groceries for us.  We spend a lot of money around Christmas, for a big Christmas Eve party, then Christmas Day and even New Year’s.  But, once January comes along, we need to back off on the expenses, and one place that we are able to cut back is groceries.


Soup is an inexpensive and healthy option after all of the indulgence of the holidays.  And it is something that I want to get back in the habit of making weekly.

I rarely ever will follow a recipe for soup.  Instead I will throw a bunch of ingredients together and call it good.  Once in a while I come up with a soup my family really enjoys.  That was the case this week.


I ended up making a vegetable soup on Sunday, and my husband asked me to make it again on Tuesday, so obviously it was good!

Vegetable Soup

1 32oz box of chicken broth (I use Pacific Organic)
1 sweet onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
8 oz frozen green beans
8 oz fresh spinach
½ tsp salt
½ tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 TBSP coconut oil (or whatever oil you have on hand)

  • Put onions, garlic and carrots into the pot and sprinkle with half of the salt and all the red pepper flakes, sauté on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.  
  • Add sweet potatoes, stir for 1 minute then add chicken broth.  
  • Turn heat down and simmer until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, green beans, and spinach and the rest of the salt.  
  • Simmer another 10 minutes.  
  • Serve with a little bit of shredded parmesan cheese and your favorite crusty bread.


I split this up into a bunch of Ziploc containers for lunches this week.

Do you have a favorite soup recipe?  Let me know in the comments below!

25 comments:

  1. I make this type of soup A LOT. It's a staple in our house as well, especially this type of year. I typically use the same base but throw in whatever veggies we have on hand, it all works so well! We are big on the spinach though, that's usually a must in there!

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    1. The spinach...I love the spinach! I rarely put it in soup, I have no idea why. I usually go for kale, but we have none, so spinach it was, and it was delicious!

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  2. I am glad my Mister is sleeping to not have seen this! He likes soup far too much...and he likes vegetables far too much! I'm slowly coming around to soup, but for the longest time I never really enjoyed them. Or, rather, I swore it off completely. But, somehow, soup is amazing - we had grilled cheese and tomato soup the other night, I had chicken noodle for lunch about half an hour ago, and we're having nacho soup next week!
    My most favorite though is potato soup. I found an amazing recipe last year that I'm going to have to break out again. It is amazing.

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    1. I absolutely LOVE potato soup - especially if it has sausage in it :-)

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  3. My mom makes a soup like this and I love it! I always love a good tomato soup with grilled cheese though

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    1. yum! I love tomato soup and grilled cheese. For some reason my kids don't like grilled cheese (ridiculous, I know), but I am hoping to break them one of these days!

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  4. I do the same thing with soup. I may follow a recipe, but the ingredients and amounts are subject to change :)

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  5. Soup is my favorite thing in the winter! So yummy!

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  6. Soup is one of the best things to eat when the weather turns chilly. I'll have to try out this recipe!

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  7. It's really cold today in the UK and this would be ideal, I'm saving this recipe so that I can make it soon. Yummy!

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  8. Soup is my favourite meal during the winter and warms me up after a day in the cold. I like cold summer soups too.

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  9. This soup looks seriously yummy!! I'm going to copy down this recipe and save it for a cold, winter day! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Lauren
    www.dressingdallas.com
    @dressingdallas

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  10. Yum. This looks delicious. Soup has been one of my faves lately. I can't seem to get enough so I love trying new recipes! - Jeanine

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  11. My grandfather would probably like this. He loves sweet potatoes!

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  13. I always look forward to the temperature being cool enough to justify soup. Add some cornbread and I'm in heaven!

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  14. I completely agree--having a nice hot bowl of soup is necessary when it's a cold winter day! We've had unusually cold weather here in Phoenix, so I will plan on having more soup for sure (since I know it will warm me right up!)

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  15. I love having a good bowl of soup on a cold day! I am going to have to try this one out!

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  16. I love making up a giant pot of soup and enjoying it all week! Your recipe looks delicious!

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  17. I'm loving all kinds of soup right now. And you can't help but love the convenient leftovers that are almost inevitable.

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  18. I love soup in the winter but sadly, I don't make it often. I've been totally into casseroles and one dish meals.

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  19. I love soup when it's cold to the best !! Laci

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  20. The soup looks so yummy. I love that there's a lot vegetables in it.

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  21. I love creamy soups and those packed with lots of vegetables. I make sweet potato and pumpkin soup a lot. I also separate them into containers for lunch and dinners.

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  22. Oh yummy! I love a good veggie soup; I'll definitely be trying this one!

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