I’m a big fan of soup! It’s great on cold winter evenings BUT it’s also a great dinner for summer too. It’s light but filling and usually easy to make. It also doesn’t heat up your kitchen, specially if you make it in your crock pot. Soup is convenient and healthy!
You can always get prepared soup, like Campbell’s if you don’t want to make your own. They even have a microwave variety now. But homemade soup is easy really, and I encourage you to try make your own. At least then, you know what’s really in it.
Soup can be frozen and reheated later for quick meals when you are too tired to cook. It’s a great alternative to fast food when you need something to take with you. And much healthier for you and your family than greasy fast food.
If you want your soup easy to eat while in the car, you can use a blender to puree it. And get an insulated coffee travel mug with a lid.
So what kind of soup should you make? Well there’s every body’s favorite: Chicken Noodle Soup. The cure all for whatever ails you, right? There’s also Vegetable-Beef soup, Potato Soup, and another family favorite Taco Soup. Check tomorrow’s Meal Plan Monday post for my Taco Soup recipe.
There are thousands of other soups out there too but I’m just going over my favorites today.
For your chicken soup, you can have a nice chicken dinner, then boil up the remaining chicken with the bones in a pot of water with some seasonings and herbs. I like to add parsley, garlic, a little poultry seasoning and black pepper. I also add some chopped celery. When the bones come out of the pot with no meat left on them, the soup is almost ready. Just take all the bones out and add some dry noodles. When the noodles are cooked, it’s ready to eat.
For vegetable beef soup, I make a base from leftover gravy and broth. Whenever we have a beef roast, cube steak or other beef meal where there is gravy or broth, I freeze the leftovers (gravy or broth, any leftover beef and veggies) in a large margarine container. When the container is full, it’s time to make soup! I use the frozen leftovers as my base and put it in the crock pot. I’ll add some water to that and usually add some stew beef and veggies like carrots, potatoes, onion, celery. How much of this stuff I add depends on how much was in the leftovers. Like if there was a lot of beef in the frozen leftovers, I may skip adding any stew beef. I cook this all day in my crock pot on low. To thicken it up, I’ll add half a cup or more of instant potato flakes to the soup.
For potato soup, I’ll dice potatoes and put them in the crock pot with chicken broth. I’ll use left over chicken broth that I froze or if I don’t have any, I’ll throw some chicken bouillon cubes in some water. I’ll usually added some chopped celery, parsley and back pepper. Cook the potato soup all day in the crock pot until about an hour or so before serving. Then I’ll add a brick of low fat cream cheese. To thicken the soup, add a cup of instant potato flakes. Stir until everything is melted and creamy. Sometimes, I’ll fry up some bacon and crumble it in the soup. If I’m feeling really bad, I’ll even add a tablespoon or two of the bacon drippings to give it a bacony flavor.
I’d love to know if you make your own homemade soup and what kind do you make. Leave a comment!