Cheesy Hamburger Soup

We love soup in our house.  This is a hearty soup, perfect for winter.

The recipe comes from an Amish Cookbook I have called Amish Friends Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter.  The original name for the soup was Cheeseburger Soup, but there’s something a little unappealing about that to me.  So, I changed the name.

If you’ve got someone in your family who likes meat with a meal, this is a good soup to make for them.  It’s full of ground beef and potatoes.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Light & Healthier Potato Soup


It is getting to be that time of year when we embrace the saying “eat, drink and be merry!”  (and when I say ‘we’, I mean ‘me’)  Food takes center stage much of the holiday season, with parties, family get-togethers, and goodies everywhere you look.  Just one of the many reasons it is my favorite time of year!  However, as much as I would love to live off pies, cakes and cookies, I need a healthier option to get me through the door cold winter days (for between the times when I am eating the pies, cakes and cookies!)  That is where this soup comes in.  There is just something comforting about a nice, steamy bowl of soup, and potato is one of my favorites. It’s thick, hearty and filling.  However, it is very high in carbohydrates, and often it is loaded down with cheese, bacon, cream…you know, the good stuff! So, instead of depriving myself of this yummy soup, I decided to try out a lighter version.

I have been experimenting with cauliflower for quite some time, and you may  not realize how versatile it is!  Cauliflower can be a great lower carb substitute for potatoes, without sacrificing flavor.  Yes, I said cauliflower….but hear me out!  I came across this recipe and knew I had to give it a try.  I changed it up a little, and the results were delicious! (and I do not even like traditionally prepared cauliflower!)

Light & Healthier Potato Soup
Ingredients
  • 2 russet potatoes - cooked
  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower florets (or one small head) - cooked
  • 1½ cups fat free chicken broth
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • ¾ cup fat free half and half
  • ½ cup plain fat free yogurt
  • ¼ cup green onions (or to taste)
  • salt and pepper - to taste
  • Toppings (shredded cheese, green onion or chives, bacon bits)
Instructions
  1. Prepare potatoes (wash, dry, then boil, bake or microwave. I like to use microwaveable steamer bags. Potatoes cook in 4-7 minutes) Allow potatoes to cool, then peel.
  2. Prepare cauliflower (steam with water in a large pot until tender), drain.
  3. Puree cauliflower and one potato in a blender or food processor.
  4. Add pureed cauliflower/potato, chicken broth, milk, half and half to a pot on medium heat.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil
  6. Add remaining potato (chopped), yogurt, green onions and salt and pepper to pot.
  7. Cook on low for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. To serve - top with cheese, green onions or chives, and bacon. (I used Hormel Jalapeno Bacon Bits!)

If you prefer your soup completely smooth, you can puree both potatoes. Also, you can use an immersion blender to blend the potatoes and cauliflower if you have one.  It’s one of the items on my Christmas list :-)  I was pleasantly surprised by this soup, and the fact that I did not miss the extra carbs!  If you go easy on your toppings, I think it is a pretty healthy bowl of comfort food!

KimM can also be found blogging and scarfing up cookies over at Mo’Betta, where life revolves around 3 crazy kids, food allergies and a diabetic husband!

Barbeque Chicken with Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing

I know that bbq chicken is front and center, but really this post is all about the Cornbread Stuffing.  It tastes like much more than the sum of it’s parts.

It starts with a box mix.  Add corn, a little onion, some diced jalepeno pepper.  Oh my goodness!  My family loved it.  It’s not spicy at all.  I took all the seeds out of the pepper, so it wouldn’t sizzle our tongues.  The stuffing has just a little kick of flavor from the onion and jalepeno, which is a contrast to the sweet corn taste.  And it all goes great with barbeque chicken.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken

We love pasta.  Especially if it’s in a creamy sauce.  This dish cooks in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta.  You can’t beat that.

I made it even faster, by using chicken I had grilled, sliced and frozen.  A quick thaw in the microwave and it was ready to use.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Ham and Vegetable Soup

The wonders never cease.  My kids actually tried the pearl onions in this soup.  And they liked them!  Amazing.

This is one of those fantastic “assembly only” type recipes.  Basically, you dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do its thing.

You don’t have to use pearl onions, if your kids are averse (but you might give it a go, because you never know…).  The bag of frozen veggies I used included the onions.  There are only 5 ingredients in this soup and they can be changed up as you wish.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Broth

How do you like the new look of the site?  If you’re reading in a reader or email, click over and have a look.  Shannon at Eight Crazy Designs has done a fabulous job with the redesign.  There are a few things I still need to tweak, but I’m thrilled with the new look.  I’ll also be adding a recipe index soon.  Well, as soon as I finish recategorizing all of my posts and since there are 619 that might take a while!

After taking a few weeks break, we’re back with Ingredient Spotlight.  I’ll have a schedule to share with you soon, in case you like to know what’s coming.  Today we’re focusing on broth.  Canned broth is one convenience item I always like to keep on hand.

Here are a few of my recipes that use broth: [Read more…]

Bean and Bacon Soup – Ready in 10 Minutes

This soup is really just assembly only, as long as you’ve got the bacon and onions in the freezer. It’s a good one to keep in mind for those nights when you really don’t have time to cook, but everyone needs to be fed.

The bacon, onion and tomatoes add a lot of flavor to the beans.  It reminds me of the flavor of Italian Sausage and Bean Soup.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Stir Fry (and 2 Tips to Fixing Any Stir Fry Fast)

Stir fry is one of the simplest things to make.  Providing you have a good knife to do the chopping.  That’s the first tip for making it fast.  You can’t be quick with a dull knife.  (The Rada Cutlery giveaway is still open, in case you’re in need of a sharp knife.)

Colorful veggies and lean chicken make this a healthy dinner.  It’s one of my kids’ favorites.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Have I mentioned my freezer full of cubed ham?  We bought 1/2 a hog (my niece’s 4-H project).  The place my sister takes the pig to be processed gives us whatever they decide they’re in the mood to make.  Last year we had more Italian sausage than I’d ever seen.  This year it’s cubed ham.

So of course, when I decided to make a cheesy broccoli soup, I had to put some ham in it too.  It’s a combination that works well and makes for a filling soup.  I based the recipe on the Cream of Cauliflower Soup from More With Less Cookbook.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more…]

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

I’m always amazed at the infinite possibilities for chicken, potatoes and carrots to be combined in a recipe.  This variation is worthy of being repeated often.

If you have cooked chicken stashed away in your freezer, you’re only minutes away from having this dish oven-ready.  (See this post for tips on cooking and freezing chicken.)  Using left-over or instant mashed potatoes speeds things up even more.

My boys loved this recipe and feasted on several helpings each.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it for your family: [Read more…]

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