Category: Main Dishes

Sunshine Carrot Soup

It all started with my mother-in-laws Sunshine Carrots. She made them for my boys and they of course loved them. A while later, I needed a way to get those same boys to eat their carrots as they were bored of all the usuals and so I tweaked the original recipe to make it a bit healthier and my version of Sunshine Carrots was born. A few years later, and Sunshine Carrots are still a hit. However, one day I was making soup. Carrot soup. Now my kids are great eaters so they probably would have eaten carrot soup...

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Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes is one of those meals that I never think I’m all that interested in. I don’t know why but it just never sounds like something I’d really want. Of course, that all changes if Sloppy Joes are sitting right in front of me! I take a bite and wonder why in the world I don’t make them more often! Growing up, I’ve always associated Soppy Joes as being a canned product. Thankfully the whole meal doesn’t come in a can but the main sauce part… the part that makes it Sloppy Joes and not just a crumbly...

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French Onion Soup

There is nothing like a nice warm bowl of soup to warm you up and french onion soup is hands down my favorite soup. It’s so simplistic and yet has such a deep taste. I’m also a huge fan of caramelized onions so that could be a big reason for my love of this soup. This simple french onion soup is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. In fact, it requires just six ingredients if you ignore the bread and cheese part! I need to remind myself that I usually have all the ingredients for...

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Garlic Potato Soup

This last year, my family began adding soups to our dinner rotation greatly. We started this for a few reasons, first, it can be a meatless meal and this works well for us as we do not eat all that much meat. Secondly, we almost always have broth because I make tons after we cook a whole chicken. Third, it’s cheap. This really has a lot to do with the fact that it can be meatless and the fact that we already have the broth. Not to mention that soup can be an incredibly nutritious meal.I don’t know about...

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Alphabet Chicken Soup

When it’s cold out, there is nothing like a warm bowl of soup for lunch. My kids have been going through soup like crazy. One of their soup requests was Alphabet Chicken Soup. I think it’s mostly because they enjoy the fun pasta in their bowls but that’s fine with me. Chicken soup is wonderfully healthy and pasta shaped like ABC’s makes my kids even more eager to eat soup. This recipe is very simple and it’s a great way for me to use up my leftover chicken from when I make my chicken in the crock pot. Alphabet...

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Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

I had never cooked a whole chicken until I wanted to make my own broth. Now we continue buying and cooking whole chickens not only because I can makes tons of broth from the bones but also because it’s just more frugal. For the same price as boneless chicken breasts I can get usually double the amount of meat from 2 whole chickens (not to mention all the broth). There are many ways to cook a whole chicken and I’ve tried a few of them. I started out by cooking my chickens in a roasting pan and that works...

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Savory Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is here and with it comes squash and soup. Our outside temperatures have finally dropped enough where I am now cooking soup like crazy. One of the many soups, I have been cooking is butternut squash soup. This may just be one of the easiest soups out there. It has very few ingredients and can almost cook itself. The only hard part is cutting that squash, which compared to some of the squashes, it really isn’t all that difficult.   Butternut Squash Soup 1 butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cut into cubes) 1 large onion – chopped 2-3...

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