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Soups and Stews

This was tasty and even the kids liked it.

We made this the other day and the older kids gave it cautious approval (e.g. a "once a month" rating).

Arlo and Heidi made this when lived with us, and we've made it numerous times since. It pairs very well with focaccia bread.

Chickpea Curry

Recommended from a friend: "this meal is healthy, cheap, fairly quick, and flavorful. It can also easily be modified to be gluten free and/or dairy-free, making it a good one to cook for families who have food restrictions. Sometimes I actually use dried chickpeas and fresh vegetables, but canned chickpeas and frozen veggies work well, too."

Peanut Sweet Potato Soup

This soup has a peanut sauce undertone which is quite good.

All in the pot at once and you don't brown the ground beef. It's my new favorite one-pot-save-your-sanity-at-5:00 meal!

A friend originally made this for us and it is great. We use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, clean the meat off to chop for the soup and then boil the rest of the carcass to make some of the chicken broth that is required.

If you are part of a CSA sometimes you get things you might not usually use, like radishes. Here's a soup that uses the tops of the radishes.

"This the beet soup recipe from Pat & Mel. We had sour cream as a garnish there and I used yogurt here. Both were good." -Mom

Vegetarian Chili

Janel got this recipe from a friend (Becky Lehman) and when we make chili, this is the recipe we usually fall back on. You can adlib with a few things (we've added corn and mushrooms, for example) and if you need a little protein, you can add ground meat easily.

6 onions
8 cups beef stock
white wine
by leaf
1/4 tsp dry thyme
1/4 tsp sugar
2 cloves minced garlic
french bread (sliced and toasted)
1.5 cups grated Swiss gruyere cheese


Here's one crockpot recipe that's a standby at our house--pea soup. We often eat it with cornbread.

Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

We bought a huge bag of apples from an orchard so we were looking for apple recipes. This was a request from Janel so I found a recipe online and modified it slightly based on quantities we had on hand.

Dill Cucumber Soup

We made a version of this at a family get-together and tried it again the other day. The cayenne is good but make sure to add it according to your taste. The original recipe calls for tamari to taste as well, but we didn't use it. (I think tamari is a particular kind of soy sauce).