Welcome to: Soup & Stew Recipes
Combine chicken with lime and a medley of vegetables and herbs to enjoy an unusual soup that is healthy and satisfying. Although the underlying flavor is powered by the chicken, it is the lime juice that adds that decidedly south of the border taste.
Use fresh shrooms:
In this typical Chinese dish, you need to make sure that you use fresh shitake mushrooms. You can find them in some grocery stores and Asian markets. The five-spice powder and hoisin sauce are common ingredients found in most grocery stores.
There are all kinds of minestrone soup (zuppa) recipes. It is basically the beef-vegetable soup of Italy. It started out as a way for the poor people of Italy to make due on the limited vegetables they had access to. The soup dates back to the Roman times when soldiers ate it as a staple. But the soup has evolved through the decades, and become a hearty soup popular throughout the world especially after the new world was discovered. Tomatoes and potatoes were brought back from Peru, and, by the 1500s, became additions to many minestrone recipes. I have tried many recipes and gradually expanded on our family recipe through the years. I suggest that you try different vegetables each time you make it to determine what suits you best.
Cooking vegetables in season is smart. Fennel, plentiful from fall through spring, is a wise choice for a cold weather soup. With its mild anise-like flavor coupled with the meaty umami quality of mushrooms, fennel is delicious in this robust vegetable soup.
Carrot soup is a good winter warmer which is quick and easy to make. You can substitute the vegetable stock with chicken stock if you have some homemade stock in the freezer.
Fresh lima beans are still in season. To me, that is good news since I like their nutty, almost sweet taste and creamy heart. But fresh limas, sometimes also known as butter beans, are hard to find and tedious to shell, so let’s look at another way to enjoy this smart bean.
Fall is the beginning of soup season. From now through the winter months, a pot of soup is an easy answer to, “What’s for dinner?”
It’s hard to believe some people can’t cook, as simple as cooking is. I think a lot of people make cooking harder than it is or maybe it’s just laziness. Some people may feel there is a lot of work involved with cooking. That is why I love sharing ways I cook meals at home that only takes about 30 minutes preparation time. If you can cut or chop some ingredients and mix them all together then you can cook; no excuses.
We came up with this dish when the parental units brought home enough squash and pumpkin to feed Iceland. They were EVERYWHERE in the garage, something had to be done! It’s a warm, fantastic winter soup. I also tried to stick with similar colored vegetables/spices, to keep the squash’s bright orange color.
Watercress Is the New Superstar
Kale has had its power food moment. Now watercress deserves the spotlight, or so declared The Washington Post recently, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent list of 41 fruits and vegetables ranking watercress Number One based on its nutrient content. Here is the full list and CDC’s definition of Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables.