With the cold winter months upon us, and the holidays behind us, there is nothing better than having a warm nourishing bowl of soup!
When I first started transitioning from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a Whole Foods Diet, I went through serious withdrawal from not eating my beloved Campbell’s soup.
Even though I was committed to not eating any processed food, my cooking skills and understanding of how and what to eat when eating only “real food” were limited.
A few years into my real food transformation, I was introduced to the powerful nutritional benefits of bone broth. I set out to learn how to make my own bone broth. Once I got that down, I was excited to learn how to make highly nourishing soups and to incorporate them into my diet.
Soups can be amazingly nourishing. They are great for when you feel a bit run down, when you are super busy and need to quickly and conveniently get dinner on the table, and when you are on a tighter budget.
I love using the crockpot as I can prep in the morning or even over the weekend…and simply turn it on low before I start my work day and at the end of the day….there is a nice warm dinner ready and waiting to go.
Some of my favorite soups include:
Turkey Kale Soup
1 package of ground turkey meat
2 leeks chopped (I have also made with 1 or 2 onions instead)
4 cups of chicken bone broth
Seasoning ( I like a little italian seasoning)
1 16oz can of diced tomatoes
4 medium sized potatoes cut into small cubes
1 bunch of kale chopped (You can also use spinach)
2 large garlic cloves crushed or minced
1 tablespoon of peeled minced ginger (powdered works too!)
Optional to add a few sprigs of chopped rosemary (yum!)
- First cook the ground turkey til cooked well. You can add whatever seasoning you would like.
- Next put all the ingredients into the crockpot, stir, and put on low. Let cook all day.
- If you prefer to cook on the stove top: Do the same, but put into a large pot. Cook at a high temperature for a few minutes til close to boiling. Lower to a low simmer and cook for a hour or two until the potatoes are soft.
- Either way: Yum!
Chicken Rice Soup
I often look in my refrigerator to see what kind of leftovers I have before I decide what kind of soup I will make. One that I find easy to throw in the crockpot is Chicken rice soup.
- Start with 3-4 cups of chicken bone broth. ( Feel free to use more or less, depending how “soupy” you like it.)
- Add 1 cup of rice.
- Add about 1 cup of chicken. You can pull into small pieces.
- Add your choice of vegetables. My hubby like corn (make sure it is gmo free and organic). You can also add onions, garlic, zuccini, spinach. Pretty much whatever you like.
- Add a bit of sea salt and pepper or your choice of seasoning.
- Throw it in the crockpot, turn on, and go. By dinner, you will have a hot and nourishing meal.
- P.s. If you find that the rice has cooked up the broth, you can add in another cup or two and stir, until you get the consistency you like.
Other soups I make regularly throughout the fall and winter months include: