Spicy Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup

Spicy sausage, potato, and kale soup

Spicy sausage, potato, and kale soup

Oh man.  Not that this soup is souper spicy (see what I did there?) or anything but it does have a little more heat than my 2-year-old typically eats.  However, I put a small serving (I wasn’t planning on wasting a single drop of this deliciousness) in front of her; she took one bite and started saying how good the soup was and then continued to plow through her bowl like a champ.

Toddler approved spicy sausage, potato, and kale soup

Toddler approved spicy sausage, potato, and kale soup

I need to remember that whenever I give her something that has a little spice in it, as long as I don’t say, “Oh, this might be too spicy for SweetPea,” there’s a good chance she’ll give it a shot and maybe like it.

Unfortunately for me, she liked this soup…which means I had fewer leftovers…which means I got to eat less of the soup…which kind of sucked because this soup is really good.  However, it’s also really easy to make, so I might just have to make it again in the near future.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound spicy chorizo sausage
2 Tbsp butter (or olive oil, but butter is delicious)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (I used closer to 1/4 tsp to keep the heat down)
1 large bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped (about 2 very large handfuls)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size bits
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup milk or cream (I used 2%)

Directions:

Heat large pot over medium high heat.  Add chorizo and brown it.  Once chorizo is browned, remove it from pot and set aside.
Lower heat to medium, add butter and let it melt.  Then add the onions and let them cook 5-10 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Cook another 5-10 minutes.
Add chopped kale in smallish batches (I did mine in 4 batches).  Let each batch wilt before adding the next.  Add the nutmeg and stir.  Cook another 2-3 minutes to allow the kale to fully wilt.
Add potatoes, cooked sausage, and chicken broth.  Bring to boil.
Lower heat and let simmer an hour or more (the longer it simmers the better the flavors).
Stir in the milk (or cream).

Serve and enjoy!

Spicy sausage, potato, and kale soup

Spicy sausage, potato, and kale soup

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Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

It’s official.  Fall has hit Montana.  And that means soup is fair game!  And so is crock potting.  Especially when you have a freezer full of crock pot meals tempting you every time you try and plan a meal.

Today was a home game for my husband’s soccer team, which meant that both he and I would be out of the house during prime dinner prepping time.  Enter freezer friendly crock pot meal!  And wah-lah!  A ridiculously tasty and healthy meal ready and waiting for us when we got home from the rather chilly fields.

And this was good.  And hearty.  As my husband was cleaning the kitchen (another reason I like to cook…someone else cleans up) he commented that he was a lot more full than he thought he would be.

And honestly, I have no idea how hard the prep for this meal was because I did it a couple weeks ago when I prepped 15 other freezer friendly meals.  So as far as I’m concerned, this meal was easy peasy.  I simply pulled it out of the freezer last night.  Dumped it into the crock pot today.  And added a can of black beans.  Dinner done.  Man, I’m amazing 🙂 .

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with chilies
1 10 oz can enchilada sauce (I prefer green, but you can use whatever you like)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups frozen corn
1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 can black beans
Tortilla chips

Directions:

Put all ingredients except cilantro, black beans, and chips into a gallon zip lock bag and freeze.

When you’re ready to eat this dinner, thaw the dinner, then throw into crock pot.  Add the can of drained and rinsed black beans.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Shred the chicken (this was super duper easy, it practically fell apart at the touch).

Serve with cilantro and crushed tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

And A Dash of Sunshine

Sunshiny Vegetable Chicken Soup

Sunshiny Vegetable Chicken Soup

I started out making this chicken kale soup for dinner.  But then I added some other veggies.  Then I discovered my kale molded.  Then I realized my chicken kale soup had definitely morphed into something else.  Something delicious.  But nonetheless, I can’t wait to try that kale soup…some other night.

So instead we had this soup.  And just by chance, all the veggies going into the soup were different shades of orange and yellow.  Which added a nice bit of sunshine to what has been a rather gray and dreary day.

Sunshiny Vegetable Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

1 yam, cut into bite size pieces
1 white potato, cut into bite size pieces
3 medium carrots, cut into bite size pieces
4 cups of water
1 Tbsp chicken bouillon
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 Tbsp butter
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 can evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In large pan, add yam, potato, carrots, water, chicken bouillon, garlic, powder, onion powder, oregano, and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 1-2 hours.

In a skillet, over medium high heat, melt butter and brown the chicken breast pieces.

Add to soup.  Return to boil, then reduce to heat to medium low and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Add bell pepper.  Let simmer another 20 minutes.

Add evaporated milk, stir.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with crusty bread (and delicious spinach salad) and enjoy!

Sunshiny Vegetable Chicken Soup

Sunshiny Vegetable Chicken Soup

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Vegetable Lentil Stew

Vegetable Lentil Stew

I had planned to make this stew today.  And to be completely honest, I hoped the weather would cooperate.  As in, I hoped it would be a cool, maybe even blustery, day.  And I was not disappointed.  It’s cool and we had a brief thunderstorm.  So pretty much today is the perfect day for a hearty, healthy, stew.  Especially if it fills the house with that warm smell of stew all day.

And while I love the leftovers, the original recipe made 8-10 servings…that’s a lot of leftovers for 2 adults and 1 toddler.  So I halved the recipe and then slightly adjusted it for the contents of my vegetable crisper (and my finicky (read: overly hot) crock pot).

This was a super easy crock pot meal.  And it made my heart giddy to see all those veggies going in.  And my husband, you know, that guy I talk about from time to time, he is baking a loaf of whole wheat bread…so we’ll probably have that with dinner.  Perfection!

Ingredients:

8 oz dried lentils, stones removed and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1.5 leeks, chopped
1/2 cauliflower, chopped into small bite size pieces
2 med carrots, chopped
1.5 celery stalks, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 cups chicken stock
20 oz diced tomatoes with sauce
1 cup kale, chopped
sour cream or greek yogurt (as topping)
shredded cheese (as topping)
additional water, as needed

Directions:

Put all ingredients minus sour cream and cheese into slow cooker.  Turn on low.  Cook for 6-8 hours until lentils are soft.  If the liquid runs out or gets too low add some more water.

Serve hot topped with sour cream and cheese.

Directions for the freezer:

Put all ingredients minus the sour cream and cheese and kale into a freezer bag.  Freeze.  Pull out of freezer the night before to defrost.  In the morning add to crock pot along with the chopped kale.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours until lentils are soft.

Serve hot topped with sour cream and cheese.

For more freezer friendly crock pot meals check out this post!

Vegetable Lentil Stew

My husband photo bombing the soup!

My husband photo bombing the soup!