Strawberry Soup Recipe from Disney’s Grand Floridian

strawberry soup

 

I have wanted to try this soup forever, but haven’t had the chance.  I’ll be staying at the Grand Floridian Resort in about a month for the Food Blogger Forum Conference.  But I’m not sure I’ll have a chance to eat at 1900 Park Fare, where they serve this soup.

To be fair, I did not use the exact recipe from the Grand Floridian.  Here’s the original:

Strawberry Soup-1

 

The strawberries I used were sweetened, so I know our soup was much sweeter than the original.  And I decided to lighten it up a bit by subbing out the heavy cream.  I also used light sour cream in place of the regular and the yogurt.  I would have used plain yogurt instead, but I was out.  Use what you’ve got!

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

Cranberry Banana Smoothie

My daughters both love smoothies.  And my sons love juice.

So when I was asked to try Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice, I was in.  Juice of any kind doesn’t last long around here and the girls are always looking for new flavors to add to smoothies.  My oldest son has already polished off a big portion of this bottle of cranberry juice.

This time, we made a pretty pink smoothie with banana, vanilla yogurt and Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice.  The cranberry juice added a sweet/tart contrast to the yogurt and banana.  It made for a fantastic smoothie.

Here’s what you’ll need, but feel free to use berries with or instead of the banana.  You can also swap out any flavor of yogurt too.   [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
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup fat free half and half
  • 1/2 cup plain fat free yogurt
  • 1/4 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!)
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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!

Ingredient Spotlight: Sour Cream and Yogurt

A Sour Cream Haiku

Awesome sour cream
Stirred into breads and muffins
Dollops on tacos

I know.  That’s probably the best haiku you’ve read this morning.

Have I ever mentioned that my first blog was a poetry blog where I shared lots and lots of haiku?  There may be a good reason why I don’t post on that blog anymore.

Despite my bad poetry, sour cream is awesome.  And so is plain yogurt, which can be substituted when you want less fat in the finished dish.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that have sour cream or yogurt:  [Read more…]

Lemon Cheesecake Fruit Dip

 

 

This is a guest post from my friend, Laura at Real Mom Kitchen.  She has a new cook book out.  I had a chance to look through it recently and it is full of easy, delicious recipes.  Please welcome Laura as she shares one of her recipes with us.

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh fruit. I also love to serve fresh fruit with a nice dip. This recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Fruit Dip from my new cookbook “Real Mom Kitchen Recipes” is an excellent choice to pair with the abundance for fresh summer fruit. It really does taste like lemon cheesecake but in a dip-able form. Who wouldn’t love to eat fresh fruit with a dip that tastes like cheesecake? Lemon adds such freshness to any dish and the lemon in this dip also adds a nice fresh flavor. [Read more…]

Chicken Gyros

chicken gyros done

There’s something about pita pockets that my kids love, so I had a feeling that this recipe would be a hit.  I was right.  A friend shared the recipe with me back in the winter when I was looking for meals to stock my freezer.  I decided this one would be great to take on vacation.  After marinating and cooking the chicken, it is frozen in Ziploc bags.  Reheating can be done in the microwave.  I served a quick cucumber and yogurt sauce with the sandwiches.

Update: This recipe comes from Cooking Among Friends, which is a freezer meal cooking club.  So cool!  They have a cookbook available and the Chicken Gyros is part of that.  I’m guessing this would be a great cookbook to own.  A friend had passed along the Chicken Gyros recipe and I just found out the original source.  Pop over and check out more from Cooking Among Friends!

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Blueberries and Vanilla Yogurt

Mixed Berry Smoothie

smoothie-done

My oldest daughter has been on a smoothie kick lately.  If “lately” can be considered the last few years.  She loves smoothies and often makes them for herself.  (Now, if I could just convince her to wash the blender.)  Mixed berry is her most recent favorite.

[Read more…]

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