Fall has arrived, as well as pumpkin-spiced everything, and with it comes cooler weather and earlier sunsets. It didn’t take more than a week to start to feel the change in a big way here in the Washington, DC area. Thankfully, we were mentally prepared to make a hearty soup that would warm our bellies. Ever since the paleo/primal community has relaxed on white potatoes, as well as sweet potatoes, we’ve had to remind ourselves to add them back to our menu.
Fully loaded potatoes are an indulgent side I occasionally had growing up when we went out to eat. Making a fully loaded potato soup was a fun challenge, and it came out great. By adding cauliflower to the recipe, it gave us a lightness that didn’t leave us ready for a nap after a bowl. We also cooked with Daiya cheese for the first time. These cheese shreds are dairy-, lactose-, and casein- free, as well as gluten- and soy-free. If you can’t find or don’t tolerate high-quality dairy, these shreds kicked up the flavor of the soup, and were a great addition—we recommend it. Imagine what you could do with a pizza or nachos inspired recipe (stay tuned). Now, on to the soup…
Posole, or pozole, is a traditional Mexican stew that is made with hominy. Hominy, if you weren’t aware (we weren’t), is dried maize kernels—think corn puffs pre-puff. While we aren’t big corn consumers, everything else about the soup/stew seemed amazing: chicken (or pork), radishes, salsa, chili pepper, and even avocado.
While we took some liberties, including substituting hominy with chopped cauliflower, this soup is out of this world. It was surprisingly filling and delicious, while not requiring a lot of preparation or work. We shredded some remaining chicken from a roasted whole chicken and within a half-hour we had dinner on the table. If you decide to roast a chicken early in the week, you’ll be able to make stock and this soup in easy progression. We hope you’ll give this recipe a try, and let us know in the comments how you like it!
Despite the 60-degree and sunny weather this past weekend, I was craving soup. I think my body subconsciously wants winter to stick around a little longer; with snow in the forecast for this Friday, it just might get its wish. How do we have balmy weather one weekend and snow the next? I don’t know—that’s the mid-Atlantic region and global warming for you. But I digress.
This hearty soup is sweet and savory; and, like most soups, it gets better with age. So, make a batch of this on a Sunday and enjoy it through the week (if you can keep yourself from slurping it all up in one sitting!).
Split Asparagus Soup is a hat-tip to the split pea soup we enjoyed growing up. Our paleo remake substitutes asparagus for peas, and makes use of a pressure cooker to get you amazing soup in no time. This past year we picked up an Instant Pot when it was on sale. We had heard great things from friends and bloggers alike, and decided it was time for us to make the investment as well. The Instant Pot is a “7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker—Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.” If you’re missing just one of these items in your kitchen, or would like to replace 4 or 5 for one master machine, this is your ticket to efficiency.
We first experimented with this recipe on the stove top, and it was a 3-hour project with fantastic results. Remaking it with our Instant Pot reduced the time by 2 hours! We’ll be using this gadget rather often on busy days. Be sure to give this recipe a try and let us know how you like it.
Fall in the mid-Atlantic region is funny. We have a couple of perfectly crisp days in September, but summer temperatures often linger into October. Then, suddenly, the temperatures drop and it’s cold. Sure, 55 °F may not be cold to our family in Wisconsin or friends in Boston. But when it’s 80° one day and 55° the next, 55 is cold!
Once the weather snaps like that, I’m ready for steaming tea, cozy sweaters, and hearty soups. Isn’t everyone? This week’s recipe was inspired by that desire and by one of the seasonal soups now being served at Cosi.
I call it easy because I kept it super simple. You don’t need to buy pumpkins for roasting and you don’t need to scour the grocery store shelves for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. We actually had everything in our pantry or fridge already! I hope you find it as simple to make and enjoyable to eat as we did.