Category Archives: Soups, Stews, and Chili

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

I first made this Creamy Pumpkin Soup on a chilly, rainy day a few autumns ago and it was just what I needed to warm up! Not only that, but it felt great to enjoy a creamy soup that was healthy, too. So often, creamy soups are made with high-fat ingredients, but this soup has lots of healthy things in it, as you can see in the recipe below. The recipe is from a cookbook that I had previously reviewed called The Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook by Marly McMillen Beelman. This Creamy Pumpkin Soup seemed like the perfect recipe to try, since the days were getting colder.

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

Chilled soups are perfect for summer! And if you like cucumbers, you’ll want to try this one! It also has Greek yogurt, green onions, fresh dill, and parsley in it. Lemon juice and salt give the flavor in this soup a little punch and I also added some garlic powder to the original recipe that I found in Country Living (you could also use minced fresh garlic instead of the garlic powder). The croutons on top are a nice touch, too! It’s a great summery soup to serve for a light lunch or dinner!

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Red Beans and Rice Chili

I love red beans and rice, but had never made it myself. So I found an old recipe that I had clipped from a magazine and made a few changes, one of which was changing the amount of cumin in it—I added less because the amount the original recipe was calling for just seemed like it was way too much (and I’m not super big on strong cumin flavor). This is a really easy recipe, which is nice if you’re making red beans and rice for the first time like I was.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

This mildly spicy, cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup really warms you up on a cold day! The recipe is adapted from Food.com with a little more garlic added in. I also used olive oil instead of corn oil and Half & Half (light cream) instead of milk. If you want to try a Continue reading

Sweet and Sassy Chili

Chili makes the perfect meal during the cold-weather seasons. And it’s an easy menu item for game day parties or tailgating. After all, who doesn’t love chili? This Sweet & Sassy Chili has a mildly spicy flavor, but it also has a little sweetness too, with a touch of brown sugar mixed in. And it tastes great with some diced peached on top! Of course, you’ll still want to top your chili with some sour cream, corn chips, and cheddar cheese, but the addition of those diced peaches give the chili a great sweet-and-salty flavor! Continue reading