Soups, Slow Cooking Satisfying Meals+ HM #216

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Soups, Slow Cooking Satisfying Meals+ HM #216

Boy, there is nothing like a nice hot bowl of soup or something delicious cooking in the crock-pot on a cold winter’s day! SInce it is National Soup and Slow Cooker Month, the gals of Home Matters are sharing some fantastic recipes to make your winter meals warm and comforting, as well as easy. Enjoy and be sure to gobble it all up!

 

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup from Beth @ Budget Bytes

 

40 Slow Cooker Breakfasts Kids Can Serve Themselves from Adriana @ CafeMom

 

Easy Chicken Taco Soup in the Slow Cooker from Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheesy Toast from Kitt @ The Kittchen

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Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos from Brandi @ Home Cooking Memories

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Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

This shop, Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYesMoment #CollectiveBias

Be inspired by this story of personal strength and determination while eating a delicious and nutritious cup of Well Yes!® Soup.

 

Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

A Story of Challenge and Personal Determination.

 

There is something beautiful about a person who is confident, positive, and happy despite any struggles and challenges they may face. This type of person is an inspiration and encouragement to others with their strength and determination.

It is a mindset, one they live by day-by-day. One that starts with making good choices. Good choices such as eating deliciously crafted food, with real nutritious ingredients like Well Yes!® Soup. Good choices that inspire Moments of Yes!

 

Today, I’d like to share one such Moment of Yes!

My daughter, Rory, was born with a mitochondrial disorder — an energy metabolism disorder. What does that mean? Well, basically, she doesn’t always have the energy to make her body function properly. Because of this, she spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital while growing up, and that meant she missed a lot of schooling.

School Is A Challenge

The lowest point of her illness came when she was in the sixth grade as she spent six months in the hospital. She was at a children’s hospital, so that meant she could get some sort of schooling. But here is the rub, to qualify for schooling, your admission must last for two weeks, then your schooling may begin. Once discharged in the hospital’s computer system, even if immediately readmitted, your two-week waiting period begins all over again. Just think how crazy that is for chronically ill kids.

Well, during this six months in the hospital, they would try to get Rory home and discharge her. Sometimes we didn’t even leave the hospital room before being readmitted, others we’d get part way home before turning around, and a couple of times we made it home for a few hours before returning. That meant her schooling was constantly disrupted, and then you have to take into account the fact that she was gravely ill and not up to school as well.

Once Rory’s health stabilized somewhat, she qualified for medical home teaching through special education at the public school. They promised us that she would be able to achieve her high school diploma, after all, she had until she reached 21 years of age. It was important to me, but more importantly, the high school diploma was important to Rory. She is a smart girl; she could do the work and accomplish her goal.

Fighting To Make Dreams Come True

Of course, receiving only 2-hours of teaching 2-days a week, makes for slow progress, but that is all the California school district allows. As she turned seventeen, the school district suddenly changed their tune about Rory getting her diploma. They wanted her to take the test for her GED and move on her way. Her teacher was appalled, I was upset, and Rory was staunch in her decision that a GED was not acceptable to her. She was determined to earn her high school diploma!

With Rory leading the charge, we persevered. She earned her high school diploma! It was a fantastic and emotional day, a definite Moment of Yes!

Today, Rory attends a local college where she works hard and has attained membership in the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Can we say, “Proud Mama?” Well Yes!

Rory sips her favorite flavor, Tomato Carrot Bisque, from our vintage Campbell’s Soup mug.

 

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Do you have a Well Yes! Moment? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or you can share them on Facebook and Instagram and find additional inspiration too.

 

 

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Soup Recipe – Cheesy Potato Soup PLUS

Ooh, get your hungry on! Regular Contributor, Calvalyn Day, is bringing us a delicious and hearty Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe.

Cheesy Potato Soup PLUS

A Recipe Even Your Teenagers Will Love!

 

This recipe was originally created to meet the taste buds of hungry teenagers that crammed into my house for a sleepover. That’s right, another teenager sleepover! ARGH!

Have no fear, supermom is here! No seriously, I simply cannot stand one more pizza party, and I refuse to blow half my weekly budget on nutrient-less (is that a word?) carb-laden snack items. I thought, what a great day to test out my new Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe, but you don’t need to wait for a sleepover of course. The cooler nights creeping across most of the country now, means you can never have enough soup recipes. And, once you see how easy this is, you will be singing my praises!

I found the original recipe on my favorite past time, Pinterest, and it looked simple enough. However, I decided to make a few changes to have the soup be as filling and healthy as possible. The original recipe calls for only potatoes, 5 pounds, chopped with the skin on. I prefer them peeled, but leaving the skins on would add a good deal of fiber as well. Personal preference basically, up to you.

I cut the amount to about half and added a large bag of frozen Florentine vegetables to plump up the veggie count.

Next, add all the vegetables to the crock-pot with 64-ounces of chicken broth. I was fortunate to have some fresh homemade broth from a roasted chicken I had made the night before (yum), so I only needed one 32-ounce container. Beef or vegetable broth could be used, but would slightly alter the taste and color. Using low sodium is also a good idea.

Here’s what I used:

One onion and a few spices that can be altered to taste, two teaspoons of garlic, one teaspoon of pepper, and salt to taste. I use seasoned salt which has a bit of paprika as well. When it’s all said and done, your crock-pot will look like this.

Set it on low, and forget it.

5-6 magical hours later, you’ll have this.

Next, using an immersion blender, or the old fashioned kind, pulse the soup to your desired consistency and blend in 16 ounces of cream cheese before you serve. Since the majority of my family is lactose intolerant we use cream cheese substitute.

The final product is this amazing wonder below. I like to serve garnished with a little extra pepper, cheese and bacon bits. We had the soup with sandwiches, but it’s more than filling by itself with a little crusty bread. I’ve also turned it into cheeseburger soup by adding a half pound of crumbled ground beef or even leftover meatloaf–when that last slice isn’t enough to make a meal for anyone.

 

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A delicious and hearty Cheesy Potato Soup with Florentine Vegetables from Life With Lorelai's regular Contributor, Calvalyn Day.
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Type: Soup
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients:
  • 3 pounds peeled, chopped Potatoes ($1.50)
  • 1 large package frozen Florentine Vegetables ($1.67)
  • 64-ounces of Chicken Stock ($1.79 with my homemade broth added)
  • 1 Onion, chopped ($.20)
  • 2 teaspoons of Granulated Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 16-oz package of Cream Cheese (or Tofutti)($1.99)
  • Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Bits, Fried Onions (optional garnishes)
Directions:
  1. Place Potatoes, Vegetables, Chicken Stock, Onions, Granulated Garlic, Salt, and Pepper into the crock-pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  2. Blend cooked soup with Cream Cheese until smooth.
  3. Garnish with Cheese, Bacon, and Fried Onion as desired.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
Recipe makes at least 8 good-size servings and is AWESOME the next day. Not accounting for seasoning and garnish the meal comes in well under $10, even adding a couple dollars for bread. Tummy filling and money stretching all in one! Let me know if you enjoy it, I’m hungry for it again already.
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Winter Tomatoes with Recipes

What a Delight ~ Winter Tomatoes!

Luke and I still have four tomato plants in our garden that just do not want to give up the ghost. This is the second winter for my Lemon Boy tomato–can you believe that?! We also have a green bell pepper that has 4 or 5 peppers growing.

Sunday we picked a full dozen tomatoes from those vines. It was so exciting. So, I thought I would look around Pinterest and see what I could find for Winter Tomatoes. Here are a few of the yummy ideas I came across. Check out the recipes; I hope you enjoy.

Gabrielle’s Winter Tomato and Corn Soup by White on Rice Couple


Doesn’t this soup look absolutely delicious? I think I may try this using my fresh from the garden winter tomatoes and supplementing with canned tomatoes if need be. Yum!

Tomato-Rosemary Confit Croustades by Cooking on the Weekends

What a great snack or appetizer! The color is so pretty. I can almost taste the crunch of the croustades, the succulent tomato and rosemary… scrumptious.

Provencal Rosemary Tomatoes by Alicia Ross, Kitchen Scoop – Toledo Blade

Can’t you just smell the wonderful aroma of roasting tomato and rosemary? This would be so good with baked chicken or beef roast.

I can’t wait to give these recipes a try. Our little bushes are full of tomatoes waiting to ripen. It’s going to be a delicious winter!

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