Steak Fajita Soup

21 days of Soup | March 16, 2016 | By

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Steak Fajita Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 lb steak
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 medium onion (spanish preferably), chopped
  5. 1 cup diced tomatoes
  6. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
  9. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  10. 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  11. Juice of 1 lime
  12. 3 cups low sodium or homemade chicken broth
  13. Salt & pepper to taste
Optional garnishes
  1. Shredded cheddar cheese
  2. Sour cream
  3. Sliced avocado
  4. Sliced scallions
  5. Cilantro, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Warm up oil over medium heat.
  2. Grill steak on BBQ to your liking or turn the heat to maximum and fast fry flipping only once. Set steak aside to cool.
  3. Saute the sofrito (garlic, onion and tomatoes)
  4. Add seasonings, lime juice, chicken broth.
  5. Add sliced peppers (I prefer them slightly crispy. If you like them softer, add them in with the sofrito.)
  6. Thinly slice the steak and add to the pot.
  7. Simmer on low for 10 mins.
  8. Garnish
Notes
  1. Honestly, (in my opinion) if you don't grill a steak, it's not worth eating. However, if you don't have time, you can fast-fry the steak whole over medium high heat and thinly slice it right before serving in the soup. In this picture I actually used leftover eye of the round beef, thinly sliced. It does the trick too, but only because of the heavy seasonings and additional condiments.
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Chicken Caesar Soup

21 days of Soup | March 15, 2016 | By

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Chicken caesar soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  3. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 1 stalk celery, chopped
  7. 1 cup white navy beans
  8. 4 cups low-sodium or homemade chicken broth
  9. 2 tablespoons caesar dressing
  10. 1/2 cup 2% milk
  11. Salt & pepper to taste
Optional garnishes
  1. Sliced parmesan
  2. Croutons
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water.
  2. Insert lettuce into boiling water for 1-2 mins, strain and immediately insert into ice water. Set aside.
  3. Heat up oil in medium pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add chicken flipping once until cooked. Set aside.
  5. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat.
  6. Add garlic, onions and celery until softened. Remove from heat
  7. Add navy beans and lettuce.
  8. Using immersion or upright blender (in small batches) puree the mixture together with the broth. Return to large pot.
  9. Stir in the caesar dressing and milk. Add the chicken.
  10. Salt & pepper to taste.
  11. Garnish & serve.
Notes
  1. The first steps with the lettuce are optional, but they give the soup brilliant colour and lock in nutrients. I used white navy beans instead of heavy cream to give the soup a creamy taste and texture.
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Italian Wedding Soup

21 days of Soup | March 14, 2016 | By

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Italian Wedding Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Meatballs
  1. 1/2 lb ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  3. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  4. 1 large egg
  5. Freshly ground black pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 medium onion, chopped
  9. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  10. 2 carrots, chopped
  11. 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  12. 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  13. 1 cup fresh spinach
  14. 2 large eggs
  15. 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
  16. 1/2 cup orzo
  17. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Roll into 1" balls and place on sprayed or lined cookie sheet.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  5. Heat oil in a large pot.
  6. Add in mirepoix (garlic, onions, celery, carrots) and cook until vegetables are soft.
  7. Add in parsley and spinach.
  8. Whisk eggs together in a small bowl and slowly add in broth.
  9. Add broth mixture, parmesan, meatballs, orzo, salt and pepper to the pot.
  10. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.
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Kale, Kidney and Sausage Soup

21 days of Soup | March 13, 2016 | By

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Kale, White Kidney & Sausage Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 10 ounces chorizo or andouille sausage
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  6. 2 carrots, chopped
  7. 2 cups diced tomatoes
  8. 1.5 cups white navy beans
  9. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  10. 3 cups low-sodium or homemade chicken broth
  11. 1.5 cups fresh kale, chopped and stems removed
  12. Salt & pepper to taste
  13. Sliced parmesan or white cheddar
Instructions
  1. Warm up the oil in a large pot.
  2. Slice the chorizo sausage and fry them over med heat until the centre is cooked and all sides are seared.
  3. Add the mirepoix (onions, celery, carrots) stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft.
  4. Add tomatoes, beans and seasonings and then pour in broth. Remove from heat.
  5. Add roughly chopped kale.
  6. Garnish with sliced parmesan or white cheddar.
Notes
  1. I like the kale to have a bit of texture. If you want it softer add it in before you remove the pot from heat. This is one of those soups that can get really high in sodium if you use canned goods and store bought broth. Opt for fresh tomatoes and/or dry beans that have soaked in water overnight.
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Pesto Chicken Soup

21 days of Soup | March 12, 2016 | By

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Pesto Chicken Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 3 tablespoons basil pesto (Try my homemade recipe!)
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  7. 2 carrots, sliced
  8. 3 cups low sodium or homemade chicken broth.
  9. Garnish with sliced parmesan.
Instructions
  1. Warm up oil in a large pot.
  2. Add in sliced chicken breasts, garlic and pesto over medium heat until cooked.
  3. Add the mirepoix (onions, celery, carrots) and cook until vegetables are soft.
  4. Pour in the broth and simmer over low heat for 20 mins.
Notes
  1. Pesto is full of anti-oxidants and protein. But if you're in the mood throw in a cup of dark leafy greens for an extra burst of vitamins.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup

21 days of Soup | March 11, 2016 | By

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Stuffed Pepper Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb lean ground beef
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  5. 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup tomato paste
  7. 4 cups low sodium or homemade chicken broth
  8. 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  9. 1/4 teaspoon basil
  10. Fresh parsley
  11. 1/2 cup long-grain rice (optional)
  12. Salt & pepper
Optional garnishes
  1. White cheddar
Instructions
  1. Cook lean ground beef in a large pot over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Add spanish sofrito (garlic, onions, peppers) until softened.
  3. Add tomato paste, broth, seasonings and rice.
  4. Simmer on medium low for 20 mins.
  5. Garnish and serve.
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Shrimp Bisque

21 days of Soup | March 10, 2016 | By

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Shrimp Bisque
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1/2 lb raw shrimp, tails removed
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  7. 2 carrots, chopped
  8. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  9. 2 tablespoons brandy
  10. 4 cups seafood stock
  11. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  12. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  13. Salt & pepper
  14. Fresh parsley or chives
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in small pan over low heat. Cook shrimp until red. Set aside
  2. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Cook mirepoix (garlic, onoins, celery, carrots) until softened.
  3. Add tomato paste and brandy.
  4. Using an immersion or upright blender (in small batches) puree the vegetables together with the seafood stock.
  5. Add paprika, heavy cream and cooked shrimp. Simmer on low for 10 mins,.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley or chives.
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Carrot & Caramelized Onion

21 days of Soup | March 9, 2016 | By

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Carrot & Caramelized Onion Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1 medium onion, sliced
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 2 celery stalks chopped
  7. 4 carrots, chopped
  8. 4 cups low sodium or homemade broth
  9. Salt & pepper
  10. Fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Warm up the butter over low heat and add the sliced onion. Simmer on low for 20 mins.
  2. Meanwhile warm up the olive oil in a medium pot.
  3. Add the mirepoix (garlic, onions, celery and carrots) over medium-high heat until softened.
  4. Using an immersion or upright blender (in small batches) puree the vegetables together with the broth.
  5. Add cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish with caramelized onions and fresh parsley.
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Chipotle Black Bean & Sausage Soup

21 days of Soup | March 8, 2016 | By

 

 

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Chipotle Black Bean and Sausage Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 lb chorizo or andouille sausage, sliced
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  7. 2 carrots, chopped
  8. 1 chile in adabo sauce (or 1 tablespoon paste)
  9. 4 cups low sodium or homemade chicken broth
  10. 30 oz black beans
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  12. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  13. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  14. Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in small pan over medium heat. Cook sausages and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium high heat.
  3. Add mirepoix (garlic, onions, celery and carrots) until softened.
  4. Add chile or paste.
  5. Using an immersion or upright blender (in small batches) puree the vegetables together with the broth.
  6. Add black beans, spices, heavy cream and sausages.
  7. Salt & pepper to taste.
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Come for dinner; my ego is being served

The Heart | March 8, 2016 | By

 

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I admit, as the daughter of a Greek chef, hosting quickly became second nature for me. Actually, anything that brings about community invigorates and energizes me.  I love planning the menu, laying the groundwork and creating the mood.  Hosting was part of the reason we purchased a property with some room to spread out. After meals we like to get everyone together and do something crazy like play soccer with an exercise ball or set up a huge slip ‘n’ slide with a roll of poly-tarp.  (You know, regular hillbilly entertainment.) But, if you have ever been to our place and been even marginally impressed with the spread of food or the condition of our house or property, you should probably know something… I was depressed by the time you left.  Perfection is a cruel master that always leaves you feeling like a failure.  Even worse, I always felt certain I had missed some critical component, but I could never quite figure out what it was. 

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