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My Favorite Soups

Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 12 oz. Velveeta pasteurized prepared cheese product, cut up
  • 10 oz. bag frozen chopped broccoli
  • 10 oz. bag frozen cauliflower
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • dash of salt

In a big sauce pot (8 quart) cook vegetables and drain. In 6 qt. saucepan melt butter on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour; cook 1 minute or until bubbly. Stir in milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add drained vegetables and cheese. Stir often until cheese is melted. It can burn if not stirred. Add pepper and salt when ready to eat.

This is a good soup for the family. The kids LOVE it and I love that they are eating vegetables!

 

Fast Minestrone Soup

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion. chopped
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 oz each) condensed minestrone soup, undiluted
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can(10oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies

In a large saucepan cook beef and onion on medium heat until beef no longer pink; drain. Return to pan add soups, water and tomatoes. Cook uncovered over low-medium heat depending on how long until you eat. I also add some basil. oregano, and garlic to make it taste more homemade. I’ve even added 1 cup of small shell pasta and let it cook for 10 minutes with everything. Let it cook until heated through if you don’t add more uncooked pasta. Just requires more time if add more pasta.

This is one of my husband’s favorite winter soups. I will fix it when my son’s at school because it’s not one of his favorites.

 

Easy Clam Chowder

  • 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can condensed New England clam chowder, undiluted
  • 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10-3/4 oz) can cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 can chopped clams, drained
  • pepper
  • oyster crackers

While clams are draining, put soups. butter,and milk in large saucepan on medium heat. Stir and mix well. (Can mix soups in pan then add  milk.) Add clams to heat thoroughly. Sprinkle with pepper before serving. When I serve it, I let everyone sprinkle oyster crackers over the soup in their bowls.

This soup my daughter asks for often in the winter. I’m sure she will ask for the recipe now that she is at college!

 

Chili

That is my favorite soup. I have several ways I make it. I think it has to have 4 main ingredients beef/sausage, beans, tomatoes/juice and spices and then I tend to do whatever.

Variation 1

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
  •   1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cans beans (chili, pinto, kidney beans combination)
  • 1 (48 oz) can tomato sauce

Brown beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to 4 quart crock pot. Add beans and tomato juice. May not use all of juice if you want a red beer. Add chili powder (amount depends on taste). Stir occasionally. Put lid on crock pot set to low for overnight and switch to high in the morning if want for noon. Leave on low if want the next night. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and soup crackers.

Variation 2

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • cans beans (combination of chili, pinto, kidney beans
  • tomato sauce
  • chili seasoning packet

Brown ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink. Drain and add to crock pot. Add beans, enough tomato juice to cover the ingredients in crock pot. Add chili packet and put on. You decide low or high depending on amount of tomato juice and length of time before you want to eat. Serve with soup crackers and shredded cheddar cheese.

Variation 3–Compromise Chili

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 red/green peppers diced
  • 2 cups vegetable-tomato juice (such as V-8)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 (26 oz.) can tomato soup
  • 1 can beans (chili, pinto, kidney)
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup water if needed

Brown beef, sausage, and onion in large skillet; drain. Put in crock pot. Put 1 Tbsp. oil in skillet and add peppers. Stir and cook until softened. Add to crock pot when done. Add both cans of tomatoes, soup, beans,  chili powder, salt, and pepper to crock pot and stir. Add water if needed. Put lid on crock pot and turn on high for 3-4 hours. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and soup crackers.

Tip: If it is a little too hot for your taste buds, cut the chili powder amount down or add sour cream to the bowl when you serve it.

 

I call this compromise chili because my daughter doesn’t like beans. When I found this recipe I added 1 can of beans and my daughter can handle it.To me chili isn’t chili WITHOUT beans.

 

Crock Pot Taco Soup

  • 1 ib. ground beef or pork (or meat of your choice), browned
  • 1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 envelope dry taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (12 oz) can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (24)oz.) can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 (24) oz. can hominy, undrained or 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (14-1/2) oz can stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cups water

Add first 7 ingredients  to sprayed crock pot. I suggest you cut up the stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces when put in crock pot. Mix well. Cover and cook on low 4 hours or high for 2 hours.

Increase or decrease water amount to your liking.  Refrigerate leftovers. I make this in a regular size crock pot and it will serve my family 2 or 3 times.

,Serving suggestions: Line serving bowls with tortilla chips, ladle soup on top, sprinkle with shredded cheese and sour cream depending on personal preferences. Enjoy!

I’ve also made a box of corn muffins and served with it also!

Weight Loss Choices

If weight loss is your goal, this is also a good website to check out. It has magazines, cookbooks, meal kits, and even already-made meal programs you can try. Don’t think you were left out. Special diets (like gluten free) can even be found here. If you’ve already tried other already-made weight loss meals and want to try a different one go to cook2connect.com and try something new.

 

 

Once A Month Meals

Is even getting in on the Weight Watcher point system. They are creating meals for you to make, store in the freezer, and get out when you need it.

We’re going to mix, marinate and freeze 5 super easy weight watchers recipes, to make 10 ready-to-go meals to throw on the grill all summer long! Did we mention they are 4 Freestyle Points of Less!

Stick to your goals and diet this summer with these fast and furious weight watchers meals for the freezer!

Recipes

This allows you to go look for a simple, delicious recipe here that sounds good to you and your family. If you want something with chicken, pasta, even vegetarian, whatever you want to eat, you can find it here. Just choose the recipe and make it to your particular taste. This allows you to know what ingredients are going into what you are eating. You may need help if you have MS or you might even get help from kids if the recipe sounds good to them too My middle school son even likes to make pasta-based, Italian-type foods “himself” (with a little help)! Expect some cheese snitching if the recipe calls for it, though. An easy low fat dessert can be added for your sweet tooth. You can make the meal to your diet. It might even be a little fun for everyone to do something different together. Communication can start here and carry over to the meal! You can find recipes in lots of places if you just look. Food labels, like soup, cheese, tortilla packages, stuffing boxes, pasta packages,and instant rice to name a few.

The ones listed below are a few I use the most. I can even make cookbooks on those sites for future use.

 Allrecipes.com

This is a website that I get several recipes from by getting added to their email list. There are several meat and potato recipes I use from here. As a hard farm worker, my husband gets meat and potatoes at many noon meals. I’m always looking for new recipes here.

Bettycrocker.com

This website I also get emails from by getting added to their email list. They have food from any course. One pot comfort foods, slow cooker dishes, holiday and entertaining, a how-to section, everyday meals, and just recipes. I find that some of their recipes start out with a boxed dinner, add some ingredients and make it just a little more homemade tasting. From the recipes that I have used off their website, most are made with food I have in my pantry or freezer. That makes the recipes have familiar ingredients, not exotic and hard to find (expensive) ingredients.

It’s a good place to start if you’re

a new cook!

Cooking.com

 I also have a cookbook on this site to get recipes from a little quicker. My family’s favorite recipe that comes to mind quickly is for dessert cream puffs. I only make these for special occasions because the recipe  requires several eggs. I double the cream puff pastry recipe, but I make 1/2 a batch of the chocolate filling for half the pastries and use an already-made Bavarian creme filling for the other half of the pastries. I can’t have chocolate (yes I’ve gotten used to it!), so since I’ve gone to the trouble to make them, I make some I can eat, too. Chocolate can be drizzled over the top for more chocolate taste, I mean to make it look fancier. You can also make the pastries in a 2″ oblong shape, fill with bavarian creme,and put chocolate frosting on top of the top pastry for eclairs. For yet another choice, pastries can also be filled with chicken salad, or the like, and eat them for a meal or party, etc. No matter what you fill the pastries with, you need to make sure you have room in the refrigerator to store them. I will tell you this is a time-consuming recipe. You have time to rest, while the pastries bake, waiting for them to cool, and them once they are put away in the refrigerator. With resting time, the process is worth it when you have a bite! You can make the pastries to your size preference, just adjust the cooking time.

I’ve also bought a pan from here. I broke the lid of my jellyroll pan and this was the ONLY place I found that pan and lid to replace it reasonably priced. I think it is a 11″ x 15″ size? A jellyroll pan is used for several of my older recipes from relatives. All I could late find lately were half sheet or quarter sheet pans. I guess that’s the new size?

Cooking.com

I also have a cookbook on this site to get recipes from a little quicker. My family’s favorite recipe that comes to mind quickly is for cream puffs. I only make these for special occasions because the recipe requires several eggs. I double the cream puff pastry recipe, but I make 1/2 a batch of the chocolate filling for half the pastries and use an already-made Bavarian creme filling for the other half of the pastries. I can’t have chocolate (yes I’ve gotten used to it!), so since I’ve gone to the trouble to make them, I make some I can eat, too.

I’ve also bought a pan from here. I broke the lid of my jellyroll pan and this was the ONLY place I found that pan and lid to replace it reasonably priced. I think it is a 11″ x 15″ size? A jellyroll pan is used for several of my older recipes from relatives. All I could find was half sheet or quarter sheet pans. I guess that’s the new size.

cooking.com

BettyCrocker.com

This website I also get emails from by getting added to their email list. They have food from any course. One pot comfort foods, slow cooker dishes, holiday and entertaining, a how to section,everyday meals, and just recipes. I find that some of their recipes start out with a boxed dinner, add some ingredients and make it just a little more homemade tasting. From the recipes that I have used off their website, most are made with food I have in my pantry or freezer. That makes the recipes have familiar ingredients, not exotic and hard to find (expensive) ingredients.

It’s a good place to start if you’re a new cook!

bettycrocker.com

Allrecipes.com

This is a website that I get several recipes from by getting added to their email list. My family’s favorite recipe from here is “The Best Unbaked Cherry Cheesecake Ever.”   I first got introduced to this recipe when my daughter was performing in high school plays. They would put on a dinner theater and parents would make this dessert for it. If you double the recipe it fits in a 9 x 13 pan, which makes it easy to cut and put on plates. If I fix it for us 4, I will use a store-bought graham cracker crust. This eliminates 1 step making it that much easier. I have even bought the spray whip cream when it’s on sale to put on top of the pie filling. If we don’t have any pie filling for it, we have used chocolate or butterscotch ice cream topping to put on top too. It’s even been requested for birthdays instead of “normal” cake. I don’t think it’s quite “diet” food, but it is good “comfort” food! It is a recipe that you can make occasionally and not feel guilty. You don’t even have to heat the house in the summer to eat it!

allrecipes.com

Once A Month Meals

Can’t live on a meal by meal basis because you aren’t sure what’s going to happen in everyone’s day? Can you take 1 day a month to cook for the whole month? Then check out Once A Month Meals. It allows you to do just that, choose recipes from their site, go grocery shopping from the prepared list, prepare and cook the meals, and flash freeze the meals. Then you can pull the food out of the freezer when you’re ready to reheat and eat when needed. Don’t worry. They tell you how to make, flash freeze, and reheat the recipes! A Once a Month Meals membership grants access to ALL menus for all menu types. Members can use any new menu or any menu in the archives (they have over 600!), and they do not have to choose a menu type. Additionally, they are able to fully customize any menu to fit their individual needs and preferences (more details here). All members have access to the Once a Month Meals Community! This is their space – their kitchen table, if you will – where they talk all things freezer cooking! Search for tips and advice, connect with other freezer cooks, and share your story and experience.To “try before you buy,” sign up for our newsletter and receive a dietary specific mini menu. (Note: These menus come in a PDF format and are set for four servings and cannot be customized. But they give you a good idea of what the printed resources look like and how they set up a freezer cooking day.) All Once a Month Meals memberships are recurring – details can be found here. We do not offer refunds on monthly memberships – details on why are included here.

 

What is OAMM’s membership model?

Simply put, to focus on our current members. 

We believe in providing our members with the best customer experience and strive to help people meet their meal planning and lifestyle goals. We want to take time to hone in on what is working well, improve the things that aren’t, and love on our members in new and exciting ways! By focusing more on our current customers, we can increase the value of our membership.

When will you open?

The next open sign up will be August 1, 2019!

Why should my followers buy now and not wait for membership to open next time?

To lock-in their membership! At this time, we won’t open to accept new members again until the summer. By joining now, members will get in at the current price point in the event our membership price increases.

Do you know a blogger who has more than 15 recipes with pictures on their site? If so, you could beat me to the punch to have them apply for our Recipe Affiliate Program.

For EACH Recipe Affiliate (RA) you send our way that is approved* we will award YOU and the new RA a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Simply encourage them to apply and, when they do, to indicate that YOU referred them. Their site will be reviewed and both parties will be notified.

 

They are creating meals for you to make, store in the freezer, and get out when you need it.  5 super easy weight watchers recipes, to make 10 ready-to-go meals! Did we mention they are 4 Freestyle Points or Less!
Stick to your goals and diet with these fast and furious weight watchers meals for the freezer!

Don’t forget that we have all new menus for Traditional, Paleo, Real Food, Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, and Keto that also came out on November 1st. They all have a featured icon on them on the menus page.  Also 25 new gluten-free, dairy free recipes, how to make ahead freezer meals with no time, healthy meals in your slow-cooker, dinner for back-to-school days, and how about 7 incredible freezer cooking hacks!

Simple and easy-to-assemble dump-and-go Autumn meals that are no mess to prep!

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