Archive for ‘Soups’


Chickenless Tortilla Soup

On a recent trip to California to visit my sister and her family, she and I had the chance to cook together, which is always fun. But, with an energetic two-year-old and a newborn in the house, we did not have the time to linger over a pot for hours. As is true in many households, it is as difficult as it is important to get a healthy, fresh dinner on the table every night.

So, when my sister ran across this recipe for tortilla soup in the December issue of Sunset magazine, its simple ingredients and straightforward, quick preparation and cook time, along with its ease in accommodating different eating styles:

– chicken + more veggies = vegetarian version – cheese = vegan version

These easy alterations made the dish perfect for a family dinner.

The soup turned out delicious and filling and the short prep/cooking time left plenty of time for baths and bedtime stories.

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Corn-n-Sweet Potato Chowder

Thanks to my cousin, Anna, I have become a big fan of Moosewood restaurant cookbooks– especially their “Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites Cookbook”.  Most of their recipes are relatively simple and healthful, but they pack a lot of flavor.

This corn chowder is no different.  It has NO oil, or dairy added and, yet, the corn makes it deliciously creamy.  This soup has been a go-to of mine for a couple of years now and I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers in single serving bags for those days when I need a quick meal (my version of fast food).

As you may have noticed, I am on a soup kick this week.  And, my frozen stash was completely depleted so, despite the hot temps, I spent a morning last weekend replenishing my reserves.  With all the fresh corn in the  stores right now, this is the time to make an especially large batch!

Although this soup can be unfussy and pairs well with a cheese quesadilla or salad, sometimes it’s nice to dress it up…try serving it in a freshly roasted squash “bowl”.

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Summer Gazpacho

The baskets of fruits and veggies at my neighborhood market have been overflowing recently with lots of good finds.  But, it’s the great selection of plump, ripe tomatoes that caught my eye this week… and for good reason!

As we edge into the latter part of summer, Denver’s hot, dry, sunny days have left me craving light foods that still pack a lot of flavor as well as a lot of nutrients.

This quick gazpacho, adapted from Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Cookbook, does both so well.   It somehow tastes rich, without being heavy and the flavors meld together perfectly without overpowering each other.  Plus, it’s easy to throw together and, like most good soups, the flavors just get better after a day or two in the fridge.  Serve it along with a salad or sandwich for a light, summery meal.

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Cocoa-Infused Three Bean Chili

I might not be a sports fan, but this year I will celebrate the big game the same way as millions of football fans…

With a big bowl of steaming chili topped with diced avocado and a dollop of Greek yogurt!

Before those of you who know me gasp at the thought of me cheering on the Giants and Patriots, let me explain.  This year the super bowl happened to coincide with a big snowstorm in Denver.

SNOW + Super Bowl= Great excuse for a good pot of Chili

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