Category: SOUP AND STEW

TOP 10 amazing recipes in 2014

TOP 10 amazing recipes in 2014

Marinated Baked Chicken Drumsticks -I made this recipe so many times and my family is crazy about it. Without saying much, it made traffic, especially after I took this update shot. I haven’t even thought it would actually come out that good so I wasn’t read more

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

My daughter, Anna, and I love Baked Potato Soup. We pretty much love any soup but ever so often we crave this one or mushroom soup the most. I mean what not to like, right?! It is pure comfort in every spoonful that you take. read more

Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup

Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup

Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup

Even though I did not have cabbage in my garden to make Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup I was still so excited that my garden produced beautiful veggies.

Still, it was fantastic to pick some fresh produce and cook with it for my family.

Those green monsters, as well as bunnies and birds, ate a lot of it.

I guess that’s okay, next time I will be more prepared as this was my first real-real garden.

Most of the ingredients that you see in the pictures are either from our garden or organic. By the way, those yummy red tomatoes are from my neighbour.

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They have the sweetest and juiciest tomatoes ever, so he always brings us during summertime. Don’t I have the best neighbour?

I just wish mine turn out like that. Seriously, they are so good that I eat them like an apple.

I really hope you give this simple soup a try because it is delicious, but I understand that it is not everybody’s cup of tea.

Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup

I need something spicy with it for example to give more heat and flavour, my daughter loves it with onions and boys to dip bread in and eat it with pickles.

If you are a cabbage lover, this soup is for you, plus it is very healthy and light.

On the other hand, you CAN add bacon, smoked sausage/meat in it to give you that smoky flavour.

We love it like that too, and it is not bad at all however since we try to have sometimes clean meals, I omitted bacon or any meat.

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So it is truly very healthy soup. However, you may add any meat that you wish. These few days have been a little colder than usual.

Actually, it’s very unusual to have a temp in 70’s F in mid of July so comforting soup is just what we needed.

Recipe
Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup Step by Step instructions

Now, if you don’t like barley rice, you can add few cubed potatoes, brown rice, lentils or rice, but we love barley so that’s why I am adding it most often.

If you get inspired and make Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you!

Recipe

Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Yummy and easy Cabbage and Barley Rice Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 Onion chopped (any onion will do)
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 lb Cabbage Head sliced
  • 2 cups of Beef broth/vegetable or chicken
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 {Beef} Bouillon Cube
  • 1 tsp. Red Hot Chili Pepper Flakes Korean gochugaru
  • 1 cup Barley Rice
  • 1 dried Bay Leaf

Instructions

  1. In a large pot add oil and saute chopped onion for few minutes, then add carrots, celery, and garlic. Saute all together for additional few minutes.
  2. Add Sliced Cabbage, and pour broth and water, stir.
  3. Add seasonings; salt, pepper, bouillon cube, chili pepper flakes.
  4. Put in Barley Rice and stir well.
  5. Cover and let it cook for 20 minutes under the lid, then stir again and place lid halfway open.
  6. Let it cook until barley rice is completely cooked. It will still be chewy but after 45 minutes should be completely cooked. Serve hot!

Notes

This soup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can add more vegetables, such as peppers, peas, green beans, potatoes etc. OR instead of rice, you can add lentils.

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Slow Cooked Beef Stew

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Peas and Chicken Soup

Peas and Chicken Soup

Peas and Chicken Soup is a simple soup, comforting and quite easy to make. My family enjoyed it ever so often and I know yours will as well.

Peas and Chicken Soup Recipe

As the morning was quite foggy and the sun was peaking through, I sat down with my coffee and started brainstorming recipes.

I was thinking about the recipes that could help the sick from the cold this winter season.

It has been proven that Chicken noodle soup got healing properties. However, I wanted to make something more satisfying, rich and tasty.

There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of homemade soup on a cold day.

It is inexpensive and cooking is fairly simple. Not to mention full of good stuff to comfort you at the time of need of comfort.

Peas and Chicken Soup Recipe

I made this delicious soup the other day and the full pot was actually gone for lunch.

That’s what I love to see, not wasted food. My hubby grabbed a ladle and had one more bowl.

The taste is fantastic; not bland at all, so it does have a flavor and pretty good one.

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Furthermore, in case if you do happen to have loved one that is sick, why don’t you try making this soup? You will be amazed at how delicious it is.

If you get inspired and make my simple Peas and Chicken Soup recipe, please tag me on Instagram.

@sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see all your tasty creations. Thank you so much in advance!

Peas and Chicken Soup

Peas and Chicken Soup

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A tasty recipe for comforting Peas and Chicken Soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. Oil
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 cups of Peas frozen
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup water more if needed
  • 1 Chicken Breast /if frozen slightly defrost
  • 1-2 Dry Bay Leaf
  • 1 Chicken Bullion
  • 1/2 inch Ginger chopped
  • 1 Carrot medium size/julienne or cut into smaller cubes
  • 2 Potatoes peeled and cut into larger cubes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Garnish:

  • Parsley
  • Red Chili Flakes

Instructions

  1. In the large pot heat oil and drop onion, saute for few minutes then add garlic, stir then add frozen peas.
  2. Add Chicken broth, water, bay leaf/s and chicken breast(you may cut the chicken into bite size pieces if desired), Stir and let it boil for 10 minutes, covered on medium high!
  3. At this point drop in Bullion, ginger, carrot, and potato; season it with salt and pepper and let it cook until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Discard bay leaf, garnish with parsley and red chili flakes. Serve with rice on the side or bread.

Notes

If you wish to add mushrooms perhaps or extra veggies the taste will not go bad. A little bit of heat goes a long way, so I do recommend a pinch of red chili flakes, or cayenne pepper in the serving bowl.

Potato cooks faster than a carrot, so cut always carrots smaller than a potato to get it evenly cooked. Add Tofu instead of the chicken and use Vegetable stock and bouillon, if you are Vegetarian

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Butternut Squash Soup

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Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Garlic Croutons

With Parmesan-Garlic Croutons Recipe.

Is there anything better in the Fall time than wrapping your hands around a nice bowl of soup, especially with freshly made crunchy Parmesan garlic baked croutons?

I love this time of the year just because of that reason. Unfortunately, other than falling leaves and a few days of rain there is not much of Autumn weather around here. The nights are cozy and crisp and perfect for this kind of soup.

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So, this season as well as upcoming winter, I will share a handful of delicious soup recipes. Are you with me on that one?

Roasted Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Garlic Croutons

For this Tomato Soup, I had more than a few taste testers, and everybody had a chance to try and tell me their own opinions.

My kids tried it and my Anna loved it. However, my boys are running far away from even tasting it. They just do not like tomatoes at all.

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However the majority of my taste testers really loved it, so I am sharing this simple homemade recipe with all of you.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Garlic Croutons

If you ask me, I love tomatoes and could eat organic from my neighbor’s garden like an apple.

I absolutely love my neighbor’s tomatoes and I only wish that next summer mine come out like from his garden.

The only tomatoes that I don’t like are when it’s cooked and you leave it chunky.

There is no way that I would eat it, that goes for onions, too. I really love eating it, but I can’t stand seeing floating in my soup or stew.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Garlic Croutons

Roasted Tomato Soup

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Roasting Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Easy and tasty Roasted Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Garlic Croutons recipe or you may use my recipe for GF Potato Savory Waffles.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Roma Tomatoes halved/stem and ends removed
  • 1 medium onion peeled/halved
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary fresh
  • 1 Sprigs Thyme fresh
  • 4 cups Vegetable stock/or chicken
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce/no sodium
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato paste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan-Garlic Croutons:
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat toast/bread cubed
  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbs. Parmesan Cheese Or vegan Parmesan-style Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. On a large baking sheet, toss halved tomatoes, halved onion, garlic, fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper, drizzle olive oil. Spread the vegetables evenly and into a single layer, putting tomatoes cut side up. Roast them for about 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until everything is soft.
  2. To make croutons, reduce the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and toss the cubed bread on the baking pan/sheet, seasoning it with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, take out, sprinkle with the cheese, return in the oven and bake for next 5 minutes.
  3. Finish the soup while croutons are baking. In several batches in a blender, food processor, or use hand blender; puree the vegetables adding stock little bits at the time. Put the pureed vegetables in the large saucepan and bring to boil over high heat.
  4. Add Tomato Sauce and tomato paste, season to taste with salt and pepper and turn down the heat on low. Simmer for 15 minutes with occasional stirring.
  5. Serve hot and garnish with croutons and perhaps some more herbs or chopped scallions.

Notes

I believe any tomatoes would do for this soup, and the juicier the better-my opinion! Toast bread for croutons or sour bread, cubed would work perfectly too.

Tomato paste and tomato puree are two different things. Tomato purée is a thick liquid made by cooking and straining tomatoes. The difference between tomato paste, tomato purée, and tomato sauce is consistency; tomato puree has a thicker consistency and a deeper flavour than sauce. The definitions of tomato purée vary from country to country.

Besides these amazing Croutons, you may serve this soup with my easy and tasty savoury potato waffles. They go so well with soups like this one.

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