Soups, Soups, Soups
It’s the new year, and a perfect time to try new things. We had been talking about how we could eat more at home, try a few new things, eat less meat and cut a few calories and processed foods. And what is the best comfort food for these cold nights? Soup! We found a great set of recipes in the February 2012 issue of Family Circle (cause we are 90 and have a subscription to Family Circle!). So, we set out to make as many soups in a week as we could. Which is not to say that we didn’t have a few cheat nights with some Springcreek BBQ and a little In-N-Out, but it was a nice change to eat mostly at home around the dinner table.
We started out with a Loaded Baked Potato soup, then moved on to a really tasty Chicken and Corn Chowder. Next we went out of comfort zone and made a surprisingly great Tortellini en Brodo soup, made with 3 cheese tortellini and vegetables with a flavored chicken stock. No meat! The next soup was a different take on Hearty Chicken Noodle soup with a flavored chicken stock loaded with pulled chicken, vegetables and bowtie pasta. As our week of soups came to a close we took our biggest step out of our comfort zone with a Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot soup with homemade croutons. And it was really sweet, good and different and back to good again!
It’s a been a great week of soups and realizing how much better scratch made food really is. We highly recommended all of these recipes, try them, experiment with them! Bo and I feel healthier, and have a great start to a collection of soup recipes that we are sure to use for years to come.
(Bring on the cheeseburgers?)