Have you ever passed by the marked down aisle of food at the grocery store and wondered what you could do with any of the marked down bread? So much! Yesterday I bought a bag of french loaf pieces that was marked down to 49 cents with the intentions of making croutons out of it. I’ve got a salad planned for my lunch this week, as well as a soup and croutons go well with both.
Anyone can make their own croutons with just 4 basic ingredients and an oven. Add some spices or parmesan cheese to give them a more flavorful taste to match whatever entree you have planned to incorporate them in. I promise you won’t buy store brand croutons again!
Homemade Garlic Croutons
You can make your own croutons with just 4 ingredients and an oven.
- 4 cups of bread, cut into small cube shapes
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Add bread cubes to a large bowl. Sprinkle both garlic powder and sea salt overtop, gently stirring. Next drizzle olive oil overtop and carefully fold; making sure to coat all bread.
- Using a cookie sheet, add bread; spreading out evenly so none overlap. Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on how quickly they brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes before adding to your recipe or storing in a gallon size ziplock bag.
I understand most would think that with it being still summer, the temperature outside may just be a little on the “too hot” side for a bowl of soup. However, just because summer is still here doesn’t mean that we can’t feel under the weather and crave some chicken noodle soup.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
A delicious homemade version of Chicken Noodle Soup cooked over the stovetop in just 30 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup carrots, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup celery, sliced thin
- ½ cup yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon pepper,
- 6 ounces wide egg noodles
- 1 cup shredded cooked rotisserie chicken
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- salt, to taste
- Heat a large saucepan with 2 tablespoons olive oil over med-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onion and allow to saute for 8 minutes. Stir continuously. Add garlic and allow to saute an additional 2 minutes.
- Next add chicken broth, thyme, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Check to make sure vegetables are softened, cook additional 2 minutes if not.
- Add egg noodles, stirring often for 10 minutes or until noodles appear thoroughly cooked.
- Throw in rotisserie chicken, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Cook an additional 2 minutes so that chicken combines with broth. Serve.
I know that it’s the beginning of summer and it’s probably a little too hot outside for soup. Over 90 degrees too hot. I still don’t care. I’ve been craving some good ol’ slow-cooker chicken tortilla soup for some time now and this is the week I have it for dinner three days in a row since my husband is out of town.
I call this my favorite dump meal; because that’s basically what you’re doing – dumping all the ingredients into a slow-cooker. Other than shredded the chicken later on, there is no real effort needed to go into preparing this. You’d never guess that though by how good it tastes!
Southwestern Tortilla Soup
A flavorful soup that's easy to prep and cooks throughout the day, leaving your home smelling delicious.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 10-ounce can rotel
- 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 15-ounce can sweet corn, drained
- 1 package taco seasoning
- Add chicken breasts to to slow-cooker, followed by all other ingredients. Stir well to combine.
- Cook on low for 7 hours. Remove chicken from slow-cooker and shred into small pieces using two forks. Return to slow-cooker and cook for an additional hour.
- Serve with shredded cheese, lite sour cream and tortilla soups.
Day 1 of my clean-eating week began yesterday (Monday) and ended with this delicious crockpot meal. Because I started preparing the meal mid-afternoon, dinner wasn’t ready until 7:30pm-ish and by then the sunlight had come and gone. I don’t care much for photographing using artificial lights, I’m a natural light kind of gal; so I wasn’t able to assemble the chili for it’s closeup until today. It is, however, my dinner for the next two nights so I guess it counts just as well!
All chili is good in my book. However, my first initial thought was, “sweet potatoes, I’m not sure how that goes with chili but OK.” I’ve experimented with recipes where the potato has over-cooked in the crockpot and tasted like mush. And I’ve experimented with recipes where the potato has under-cooked and tasted like a bland hard piece of potato. So when the 8 hours were up, I was thrilled (it’s the small things) when I went for that first piece of sweet potato and it tasted great!
Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans
A clean-eating, crockpot favorite.
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
- 14.5-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
- 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1lb lean ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1. Cook ground turkey over medium-high, drain. Set aside.
- 2. Assemble onion, garlic, tomatoes, black beans and potatoes at the bottom of a crockpot.
- 3. Add ground turkey, seasonings and water in that particular order.
- 4. Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
What’s the first thing you think of when the cold, winter weather finally shows up outside your doorstep? Is it hot soup? If so, I think you’re going to really enjoy this recipe. Not only does it call for just a few ingredients, most of which you may already have. But it’s a quick cooker! We’re talking hot, homemade soup in 30 minutes. And it’s really, really good.
Loaded Potato Soup
Perfect warm soup for the winter season.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 3 1/2 cups low-fat milk
- 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes (think 1.4 inch)
- 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
- bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional, but adds taste if you add it prior to serving)
- 1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted.
- 2. Add flour, whisking until brown.
- 3. Next, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil.
- 4. Add potatoes, reduce heat. Stir often, letting sit 15-20 minutes before adding cheese and sour cream.
- 5. Let sit another 5 minutes to thicken.
- 6. Serve with cheese and bacon ontop, if desired.
- I like to add some bacon prior and stirring it in. It gives it a more salty taste doing so.