Potato Soup

When it’s cold outside, I’ve always loved throwing a meal in the crockpot in the morning and coming home to an amazing smelling house and a fantastic, warm meal.

I’m going to round up the “Soup Month” with a nice, easy, delicious Potato Soup meal.

One afternoon, Jordan and I stopped by Panera to have lunch. Per usual, we ordered our favorite sandwich and a bowl of soup for each of us. I ordered the Chicken Tortilla Soup and Jordan the Potato Soup. Personally, I had never had potato soup, so it intrigued me to try out this new soup. It was great! Which meant it had to be something I tried to make at home.

After a lot of research on what potato soup really consisted of (besides potatoes), the one I came up with combined a few good qualities I found in a couple different recipes, but the main thing I wanted out of this soup recipe…SIMPLICITY.

I hope you and your family enjoy this simple, delicious dish on a cold evening, or just a normal evening. NOTE: This recipe was perfect for just the 2 of us, or maybe 2 adults and a couple of children. If you are making it for more people, you will want more potatoes, but everything else is fine.

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Chicken & Rice Soup

This happens to be ones of my favorite soup recipes. I don’t know if it is the rice, the chicken or the veggies I like more, but one thing I know for sure…it’s definitely a comfort food recipe.

Like many of my recipes, this is a great recipe to mix all of the ingredients and freeze for later. OR to freeze and take over to a friend in need. I made this recipe as a freezer meal for us to have at a later date, so that’s why the pictures are taken with a Ziploc bag and such.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do around our house!!

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Lasagna Soup

I’m continuing down this soup road with another beef recipe. This one is dubbed, Lasagna Soup.

WARNING: This recipe has a lot of tomatoes and veggie qualities to it. BUT I guess if you think about it, lasagna really is tomatoes, meat, noodles and cheese, so it kind of fits to have a lot of tomatoes.

So not everyone has the time (or patience) to make lasagna, but I would venture to say that almost everyone has the time to throw some ingredients in the crockpot. Thus, lasagna soup was born into my recipe book.

Don’t get me wrong, I love making homemade lasagna, but I also don’t always have the time for it. I create this recipe for those times when I’m craving the ingredients but not the time. Here we go!

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Taco Soup

I don’t know if you all have caught on to this whole “quick and easy” meals I enjoy cooking in our household, but you will.  :)

This meal is fantastic because it literally requires cooking some beef and then pouring everything into the crockpot. I think it is best served when it is cold outside, because who doesn’t love coming home to a hot meal after a cold day. BUT it is also just fine on other normal days, too. I made this for dinner the other night and we actually sat out on our deck, enjoying the last of the sun for the day and each other’s company. Wonderful!

Quick note. For the pictures below, I actually doubled the recipe because I made it for my work, so just know that UNLESS you are doubling, you do NOT need as much stuff as the pictures show. Thanks! And enjoy :)

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Tortellini Soup

The month of October is being dedicated to soups. I love starting a crock pot meal in the morning, especially during the fall months, and coming home to our house smelling delicious! Therefore, be prepared for some great soup recipes over the next 5 Wednesdays.

I’m proud to say that I have some Italian roots in my heritage that I enjoy embracing throughout my cooking. Don’t know if the hubby enjoys it as much, but I like to think he does :)

Tortellini are a fantastic invention from the Italians. For those of you out there who do not know what they are, you’ve definitely been missing out. They are a ring-shaped pasta that is stuff with meat, cheese and/or spinach.

Fun Fact:

They are sometimes described as a pregnant women’s belly button because of their shape. Odd, isn’t it?!

Moving on. I combined these delish little creations with some other ingredients to create a quick and painless soup. Enjoy!

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Spinach & Bacon Quiche

For some reason, the word quiche has always frightened me. I’m not a 100% sure why exactly, but it just sounded like an impossible dish to make. It sounded like it took so much skill. Maybe because it is some crazy French word that makes it sound impossible.

Nevertheless, a few months ago, I set out on a mission to find and conquer a quiche recipe. I tried a few and the one I finally settled on is a combination of a couple of them. I took the things I really liked, threw out the things I didn’t and so have found a quiche recipe that is both easy and delicious. Since then, I have made it a few more times and it keeps coming out delicious.

Give it a try, I know you can perfect it, too!
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[Healthier] Biscuits & Gravy

Biscuits and gravy, at least according to my hubby, are typically a pretty unhealthy meal. Surely, I thought, there must be (has to be) a way to make them healthier, right? And so my adventure began.

After searching around a little bit, I finally found a simple biscuits and gravy recipe, but decided to test out making it healthier. A few versions later, I think I have created it. It tastes great! It is husband approved! And it is healthy for sure!
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