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Mom, What’s For Dinner (Week of 10/9/16) and Veggie Beef Soup (Day 9)

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Welcome to Day 9 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Today I’ll continue with the photographs from the Donut Trail.

We ended up at a cute little park with several statues.  Here are some photographs of those statues.

I won’t be sharing photographs from the Donut Trail tomorrow because it will be time for my Secret Recipe reveal.  On Tuesday, I’ll end the trail with a visit to a farm.  The farm was located next to the last donut shop we stopped at before realizing we needed to complete the trail on another Saturday.

Continue to the next page for our menu for the week.

Continue to page 3 for the recipe for Veggie Beef Soup.

Chicken Corn Soup (Day 8)

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Welcome to Day 8 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Today we decided to make it a family day.  Unfortunately the Wee One refused to wake up so he stayed home with grandma instead of having fun with us.

We did half of the Donut Trail in a county to the south of us.  While we were on the Donut Trail, we did some other things.

Today I’m going to share some of the photographs that I took while we on the donut trail.

We went to see Stan the Donut Man.  Hubby gave me this expression when his photo was taken.

Yummy donuts at Jupiter’s Donuts – The lady working was so nice.

The Imaginative One posing with the sign in Jupiter’s Donuts – I don’t know what he decided to make that face.

Cool flowers at Jupiter’s Donut Shop

We then went to Jungle Jim’s because we couldn’t travel that far without a Jungle Jim‘s run.

The next photos are from Jungle Jim’s.

Tomorrow I’ll share a few more photos from the Donut Trail.

Please continue onto the next page for the recipe for the Chicken Corn Soup.

Split Pea Soup (Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker)

On a cold winter day, soup is the perfect meal.  This split pea soup warms the soul.

My grandpa loved split pea soup.  I’ve never liked it until now.  We’ve had it twice in the last few months.  Yum!

This can be done in either the pressure cooker or slow cooker.

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Split Pea Soup

adapted from Skinny Taste

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. split peas, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/2 c. diced onions
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 & 1/2 c. diced ham
  • 6 c. water
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps (Electric Pressure cooker):

  1. Rinse the peas.  Pick out any bad pieces.
  2. In the pressure cooker, saute the onion, carrots, and garlic for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the water, ham, bullion cube, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and split peas.
  4. Put the lid on the pressure cooker.  (Make sure the pressure cooker valve is closed).
  5. Set to the pressure cooker to soup.  Pressure cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to naturally release the pressure.
  7. If the split pea soup is not as thick at you would like, allow to sit for a few minutes to allow it to thicken up.

Steps (Slow Cooker):

  1. Rinse the peas.  Pick out any bad pieces.
  2. Saute the onion, carrots, and garlic in a small pan on the stove.
  3. Add the water, ham, bullion cube, bay leaf, salt and pepper, split peas, onion, carrots, and garlic.
  4. Cook on  low for 8 to 10 hours.

Happy Eating,
Traci

31 Days of Slow Cooking – Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Today is going to be a short post because of parent teacher conferences.  I’m going to feature a recipe from the blog.

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We love Spanish style chicken noodle soup.  The soup features orzo instead of egg noodles.  The original recipe called for it to be made on the stove top.  I adapted it for the slow cooker which is the only way I make it now.

The recipe calls for raw chicken breast but you can use already cooked chicken if you have any already cooked chicken.

Click on the picture to go to the recipe.

Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

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Happy eating,
Traci

Creamy Tomato Soup

Sometimes I get a craving for the classic combo of grilled cheese and tomato soup.  I really don’t like condensed tomato soup unless I doctor it up with basil.  So when I had the craving for it, I decided to try making a homemade version of the soup.  It ended up being yummy!

This recipe came from Rachael Ray.  When I was a novice cook, I watched her 30 minute meals A LOT.  Hubby credits her with teaching me to cook .  During our first few years of marriage, we had some really interesting meals.  Dry hamburger patties were the norm.  Hubby got us cable so I would watch the Food Network.  Slowly the meals I was cooking became better. Continue reading Creamy Tomato Soup

Smells Like Grandma’s House Soup

We had a turkey for Christmas dinner.  The left-overs were shared between my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and my family.  I decided to use the turkey to make a soup for the next day’s dinner.

When the Wee One walked into the kitchen for dinner, he sniffed the air.  Then he remarked “It smells like grandma’s house.”  He was given a bowl and ended up devouring it.  While he was eating, he sang about Kookaburra birds which is a Girl Scouts’ song.  My mother-in-law is a Girl Scouts’ leader so this was an appropriate song to be singing.

The other fan of the soup was my Hubby.

So if you have any turkey or even chicken left over from your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even just dinner, make this soup.

Smells Like Grandma’s House Soup

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. chopped or shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 c. left over veggies or frozen mixed veggies (We had left over mixed veggies and corn.  That’s what was in our soup.)
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 – 2 c. water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 box of small pasta (I used whole grain shells.)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika to taste

Steps:

  1. Combine the chicken or turkey, veggies, broth, water, bay leaf, and spices in a dutch oven or big soup pot.
  2. Turn the burner to high and allow the broth/water to boil.
  3. Once the broth/water is boiling, add the pasta.
  4. Follow the directions on the pasta box for how long to cook the pasta.  (Mine took about 7 minutes.)
  5. After the pasta is cooked, discard the bay leaf.
  6. Taste and if necessary, add more spices to taste.
  7. Ladle into bowls.
  8. Enjoy with pretzel rolls, a slice of bread, crackers, or a biscuit.

Printable Recipe

Ham and Black Bean Soup (GF, DF)

So on Easter Sunday, I decided to cook Easter dinner.  Yes, on Easter Sunday at about 11:45 am, I committed to making dinner.  Okay it was only going to be for 6 of us so that’s not too bad.

My family of four headed to the grocery store to plan out the meal because I had no clue was I was going to make.  I ended up cooking crock pot ham, honey and cinnamon carrots, mashed sweet potatoes, mixed veggies, and spinach salad.  We had lots of ham left-over.  Fortunately for us, we love ham!

I’m finding ways to transform the ham into delicious dishes so we are not just eating ham over and over again even though the Imaginative One would love that.  Last night I made ham and black bean soup using Bob’s Red Mill’s Black Bean Soup mix.  You can use any black bean soup mix or dried black beans to make this soup.

Ham and Black Bean Soup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 cups of black bean soup mix or dried black beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 cups of diced ham
  • 1/2 lrg. onion, diced
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Rinse and sort the black beans or black bean soup mix.
  2. Put the black bean soup mix or black beans, water, and 1 c. diced ham in a large soup pot.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.
  4. Let cook for 1-1/2 hours until the beans are soft.
  5. Add the chicken stock, onion, remaining diced ham, salt, and pepper.  Cook for another 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!  (We had ours with a pretzel roll.  We shared the soup with my mother-in-law.  She had hers with rice.)

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Reader’s Favorites

I went to my stats’ summary page to find the recipes that get the most clicks.  This is the top post of 2012.
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Here’s the 2nd to 5th top posts of 2012:

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Best of Bread and Soup and a new soup recipe – Veggie Potato Soup

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7 up biscuits

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Resurrection Rolls

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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Bacon Cheeseburger

For Christmas Eve, I made potato vegetable soup for dinner. It was so delicious and I liked it had some healthy veggies in it also.

Veggie Potato Soup

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Stars of the Recipe:

  • 4 potatoes, cut into small pieces (I left peels on. You can take the peels off.)
  • 1 sm. onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 small carrots or 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 c. spinach cut into smallish pieces
  • 1 chicken bullion
  • 1 1/2 to 2 c. milk
  • water
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of Greek yogurt

Steps:

  1. Place potatoes, onion, celery, and carrots into a stock pot.
  2. Place water in the stock pot until it’s about an inch to 2 inches above the veggies.
  3. Place bullion cube on top of the veggies.
  4. Heat to boiling and then turn down to medium heat.
  5. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are done cooking.
  6. Add milk and spinach to the broth. Let simmer for 10 more minutes.
  7. Mash up some of the potatoes using a masher or remove about 1 c. of the broth and potatoes and blend it. (If you have an immersion blender, you can certainly use that.)
  8. Add the Greek yogurt. Stir until it’s incorporated.
  9. Serve with shredded cheese and bacon.

Printable Recipe

This post has been linked to Finding Joy in My Kitchen’s countdown to 2013 – Best bread and soup of 2012.