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Posts from the ‘Soups’ Category


Frontier Soups

Now is the perfect time to make a big batch of soup but who wants to spend the afternoon searching cookbooks for the right recipe, shopping for the ingredients, chopping vegetables, and figuring out the right spice combination to make a flavorful pot of homemade soup? Frontier Soups offers an easy, healthy and delicious way to enjoy homemade hearty soups, chowders, and chills.

Made of dehydrated vegetables (non-GMO), dried beans, peas, and legumes, herbs and spices, Frontier Soups has no added salt, msg, preservatives, artificial flavors, or colors – just plain wholesome ingredients that can be combined with fresh vegetables, meat, poultry, water, broth, milk, or any non-dairy milk to make the ultimate comfort food on a crisp cool evening. Read more »


Fig Food Soups

The Fig Food Company makes nine delicious, organic plant-based soups that taste just like homemade, which is just what you would expect from a company that uses organic ingredients grown primarily by North American farmers. The first time I read about Fig Food Company, a wave of trust washed over me – and not just because the founder, Joel Henry is an honorable guy who cares passionately about nutrition, organic farming, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and improving the environment – but because the ingredients list reads like a “who’s who list of what grows on a farm.” So, when I don’t have time to make homemade soup, I rely on soups made by Fig Food Company. Read more »


Purely American Foods: Soups, Stews, and Chowders

Several years ago, I stopped buying canned soups and started making my own because I wanted to have soups with no additives and a lower sodium content. Most soups are relatively easy to make but have two challenging aspects:  time and flavor.  Cutting up vegetables is time-consuming but if a food processor is used, the chopping and mincing is a snap. Onions, celery, and carrots are three very common vegetables used in soups and my mini chopper dices these vegetables in seconds. Read more »


Happy Pho

Happy Pho is a Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodle Soup that is easy to make and has the following attributes:

  • Low in Calories (approximately 220 calories per serving)
  • High in Protein (4 grams of protein per serving)
  • High in Fiber (3 grams of fiber per serving)
  • Low in Sodium (approximately 100 mg of sodium per serving with no MSG)
  • Fat Free
  • Low in Sugar (1 gram of sugar per serving)
  • Gluten-free (no wheat products)
  • Dairy-free
  • Flavorful and Delicious Read more »

Rethinking the Lunch Box and Thermos

Every so often, a product is redesigned in such an innovative way that people reconsider its use. There was the brown paper bag for lunch which led to the iconic lunch box and thermos – all of which were staples in our society for those who wanted to bring lunch from home.  When my daughter announced she was going vegan and would be preparing her own lunch to bring to school, she quickly realized the challenges of not only making fresh tasting food but of transporting and storing it so that the food looked and tasted just as good as when she first made it. The preparation was relatively easy; the transporting wasn’t which is how we found Black + Blum  – a company that makes innovative and functional soup carriers, salad boxes, and meal holders, bags, and utensils. Read more »


Abe’s Market

Where do you go on-line to find a wide selection of healthy foods at reasonable prices and free shipping? Abe’s Market – the newest on-line resource for consumers looking for all types of healthy foods: organic, gluten-free, vegan, tree-nut free, nut-free, kosher, sugar-free, raw, and natural. Nearly 3,000 food products are currently offered with the selection growing daily. The prices are competitive and the shipping is free (and fast) on all orders of $49 or more. Read more »


Purcell Mountain Farms Lentils

For many years, the extent of my relationship with lentils was limited to lentil soup which never seemed to have as much flavor as a  bean and vegetable soup and was certainly not as appetizing to look at. Then, while shopping in a small grocery store, I noticed bags of multi-colored lentils which intrigued me as I always thought lentils were limited to either the little French dark green puy variety or the big hearty American version. Read more »


Palouse Brand Green Split Peas

Grown, harvested, and packaged in the USA, Palouse Brand Split Peas are without a doubt the most flavorful split peas I have ever tasted. The Mader family has been farming for five generations in Pullman, Washington, which is located in the southeast part of the state.  About 15 miles north of Pullman is a town called Palouse where the raw harvested peas are taken to be cleaned and packaged in a family owned plant.   Read more »


Chicken Pasta Soup

Chicken pasta soup is a family favorite in our home – everyone loves this soup. Simple to make and great tasting, the ingredients can easily be varied based on preferences.  My recipe below is heavy on the vegetables (especially the carrots), seasoning (parsley), and pasta but light on the chicken so if your preference is for more chicken, increase the amount. Read more »

Vegetable Soup – Homemade

Soup is one of those great comfort foods that tastes especially delicious on an Autumn or Winter day and vegetable soup is surprisingly simple to make.  The only time-consuming part is the cutting of the vegetables which can be chopped ahead of time and stored in a bowl of water in the refrigerator until ready to use. Years ago, I started making my own soups and continue to make variations several times a month. Virtually any vegetable can be used: carrots, celery, onions, corn, potatoes, zucchini, squash, leeks, cauliflower, green beans and more. Read more »