Nothing is better when you’re sick than a good old classic comfort food, right? Luckily I haven’t been sick this week (knocking on wood as I type this) but unfortunately Adam has. Soup and grilled cheese have always been a go-to for me when I am sick. So I decided to be a nice girlfriend this week and make some for the sicky in the house. Want to know something really weird about me? I love tomatoes, like absolutely and completely love them but I am not generally a big fan of any kind of sauce or soup made from tomatoes. I still eat tomato sauce and tomato soup frequently though just because it’s such a staple and hard to avoid. Adding a little cream and spice to this tomato soup made it into something that I actually really enjoyed.
It’s been a long few days of eating soft things, but this soup definitely makes eating nothing but mush quite tolerable. This soup is super creamy, but not from cream – from blended yam/sweet potato! Blending up vegetables in soup actually gives soups that smooth and velvety consistency that is found when using cream. Blending up the veggies is a much healthier way to ensure you do not loose that delicious creamy texture. I also love how thick this soup is – very filling, especially when paired with your favorite bread!
Spring is the best time of year to get fresh asparagus. Did you know there are actually both male and female asparagus? Kinda crazy eh?? The female asparagus are the ones that produce seeds (of course), which make the size of the stalks much smaller than male asparagus. Male asparagus are the ones that are typically bought at your grocery store for consumption. Yep, that’s my fact of the day!
Every time someone in my family gets a cold, my mom makes them the most amazing chicken soup from scratch. There is nothing more soothing than freshly made chicken stock. It is probably the easiest thing to make too! All you do is stick all your chicken bones and skin and all the nasty innards and stick them in a pot of water with a bunch of vegetables and let it sit for a few hours over some heat. You can make so many soups with this chicken stock it’s fantastic.
Three ingredients I ALWAYS have in my house are coconut milk, curry spice and some type of broth. The fourth piece to this puzzle, as I have discovered over the past year, is sweet potatoes. One of the easiest, quickest things to create with this set of ingredients is a delicious and warming soup. I had never really been a big soup fan until recently – I used to think it was a big waste of time because it just never really seemed to satisfy me. This was similar to my dislike for salads (if you have read any of my salad posts you know what I’m talking about). However, now that I am no longer living the University lifestyle and am making meals for my boyfriend and I all the time, soup has become a staple for us. This is one that I have made several times and am always extremely happy with. The coconut croutons are a new addition that makes it even better.
The only word to really describe how I’ve been feeling lately is tired. I started working out every day, plus working full time and commuting about an hour each way to get to work. Work has been busy lately and I feel like I’ve been doing quite a bit outside of work as well. I’m not complaining at all, but all I’ve wanted to do lately is sleep. When I got home today and saw a very large bottle of wine and my buddha board (which if you don’t know what it is you should check it out here) sitting out on the table I was pretty sure Adam must have been reading my mind. Re-energized I set out to make a healthier version of corn chowder and I’m not lying to you one bit when I tell you it was AMAZING. Seriously, try it – you won’t regret it I promise.
My 2013 resolution, which I prefer to call a goal, was to be healthier in general. This includes everything from working out, eating healthy and spending more time with loved ones. I can honestly say that I kept all of those up (for the most part) until the holidays. Now I’m trying to get myself back on track. For me, eating healthy is most definitely the hardest part. One really helpful blog that I use constantly is Skinnytaste. If you haven’t you should definitely check it out. This Chicken Pot Pie Soup comes from there and I’ve added a few small touches of my own in the recipe below!
Sometimes, you just need a good healthy vegetarian meal. Have you been craving one? Because I sure have. These are so easy, and give you a slight taste of Costa Rica with all the beans and cilantro! This recipe is slightly adapted from which seems to be very popular on our blog these days. They’ve really got some good stuff on there I encourage you to go check it out!
So I was planning on originally stealing this recipe from here, but then I totally forgot to put it in my crock pot and began to panic! Luckily, you don’t actually have to cook this in a crockpot! (phewf) It works completely fine if you just cook it up like any other soup in your pot. Anyway this soup tastes just like fall to me – seriously! And since fall is officially almost over, I think it’s still appropriate to post a yummy recipe! 🙂
Man is it ever getting cold around here! I always thought Vancouver was supposed to have warm and rainy winters, not sunny and cold winters! But hey I’m not complaining – I love seeing the sun in the winter. Plus, all this cold weather makes me want to cuddle up with a blanky and eat warm soup! Soups like this broccoli, potato and cheese soup.