Superwoman/Superman veggie soup

So here is a recipe that is a life-saver on a busy day (named for the fact that it makes me feel like super-woman when I can throw everything in the crock pot and still have a great meal at supper time!) Very easy and, of course, super healthy! Simply throw these ingredients into a crock pot and cook on high for approximately 3 hours or until noodles are your preferred tenderness!

Ingredients:

1- 32 oz. carton organic chicken broth
3 carrots (peeled and chopped)
2 russet or 3 red potatoes (peeled and diced)
1/2 Tbsp. diced garlic
1- 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (with liquid)
1- 14.5 oz. can chick peas (with liquid)
1- 14.5 oz. can green beans (WITHOUT liquid)
1/3 cup dry wild rice
1/3 cup wheat noodles (any type)
1Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

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One Of Our Favorites…Chicken Stew With Quinoa And Butternut Squash

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This recipe from cookincanuck is definitely one of my family’s favorites. As always, it is a meal you can feel good about handing out those seconds! Thank you SO MUCH Dara from cookincanuck.com for creating this recipe!

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.
Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.
Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.
Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.
Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.
Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.
Stir in parsley and serve.

The only changes I made to her recipe (above) was to leave out the olives, use homemade veggie broth instead of chicken broth, and purée the squash with the broth before throwing everything into a crockpot for a couple of hours.

In my opinion, this recipe is perfect for those fall months when the weather turns crisp and cool. It has a taste that slightly reminds me of REALLY good chicken and dressing…only it is super healthy! Definitely a must try in our book!

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Hearty Basil Tomato Soup

Get your veggies with this hearty basil tomato soup. Try it with a fresh, warm quesadilla or grilled cheese sandwich.

*1 large onion
*2 Tbs. olive oil
*28 oz. can of whole tomatoes
*6 oz. can tomato paste
*14 oz vegetable or chicken broth
*2 Tbs. basil pesto (fresh recipe found here)
*1 Tbs. dried parsley
*1 Tbs. dried basil
*1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Saute onion in olive oil. Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Top with more Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese.

Super Simple, Healthy, AND Delicious Onion Soup…

Ingredients:

*1 cup chopped onion
*1/2 cup broth (veggie, chicken, or beef)
*1 tsp dried parsley
*1/4 Tsp dried basil
*1/4 tsp paprika (smoked paprika is great!)
*salt and pepper to taste
*cracker crumbs

Optional ingredients:

*Chicken or beef soaked in Braggs liquid amino acids

Directions:

-Simmer first 6 ingredients on medium heat until onion appears tender (5-10 minutes).
-Remove soup from stovetop, place it in an oven-proof container, and broil on high for 3-5
minutes.
-If using chicken or beef, cook soaked meat until done, chop, and add to onion soup.
(The Braggs liquid amino acid is not essential but I highly recommend it as a marinade!)
-Add cracker crumbs as topping.

(Beef and chicken version not pictured.)

This recipe is for 1-1c. serving. Simply double, triple, etc. this recipe to accommodate the number of servings needed.