Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

Chicken and Corn Soup with crispy Bacon

Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

This is our favorite cozy soup, made in a flash and so stinking easy, it’s almost embarrassing. Loaded with veggies to fight that flu too.

Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves : 6
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INGREDIENTS:

• ¼ cup olive oil
• 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 1 red bell pepper, cleaned and cut into dice (reserve some for serving)
• 1 large carrot, cut into dice
• 1 celery stick, chopped
• 1 leek, rinsed clean and sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
• ¼ cup flour
• 6 cups chicken stock
• 2 stock cubes or more salt
• 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
• 1 cup corn kernels, drained (reserve some for serving)
• 1 cup double cream
• 8 rashers bacon, cooked crisp and drained on kitchen paper
• Handful of chopped parsley to serve

Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, pepper, carrot, celery and leek. Cook on medium until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Add the flour and stir to combine completely before adding the stock a little at a time, stirring to combine as you add. Pour in all the stock.
Season to taste with salt and pepper or add 2 stock cubes, crumbled up.
Add the chicken and corn and continue to cook until veggies are tender and the chicken is heated thru, about 15 minutes. Add the cream and leave to simmer until the soup is thoroughly hot.
To serve , ladle soup into pretty bowl and sprinkle with reserved parsley, red bell pepper, and corn. Crumble some bacon over the top and serve with lots of crusty bread.

Enjoy!

Myra Xo

Chicken, Corn and Bacon soup

quick cream of tomato soup with basil

Quick Cream of Tomato Soup with Basil

quick cream of tomato soup with basil

What can be more comforting than a bowl of soup? If you need a quick fix, or are in a hurry to get dinner on the table, this one is for you.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 tbsp. Olive oil
• 1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
• 2 medium carrots, washed and sliced
• 2 tbsp. tomato paste
• 2 cans peeled plum tomatoes
• 2 tubs passata
• 2 stock cubes, beef
• 2 tot 3 whole sprigs of basil with the leafs, left whole
• 1 – 2 tsp. sugar
• 1 Cup evaporated milk
• ¼ Cup Cream Cheese
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• A handful of fresh Basil leafs, for serving
• 1 Cup grated cheddar (loosely packed) for serving
• 1 tray ready made small meatballs

quick cream of tomato soup with basil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
Add onions, carrots and garlic and sautée until translucent. About 5 minutes on medium low heat.
Add the tomato paste and fry for 30 seconds.
Add the canned tomatoes and passata and the stock cubes (crumbled between your fingers)
Also add one can (from the tomatoes) filled with hot water.
Add the whole sprigs of basil, bring to a slow simmer and leave for 15 – 20 minutes.
Remove the basil sprigs and blend with an immersion blender.
Add the meatballs.
Add milk and cream cheese. Add the sugar one teaspoon at a time and check how you like it, adding the remaining teaspoon if necessary. I like it sweet so I added two, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
At this point check the thickness of the soup, if you want it thinner add some more milk or water and if you do, adjust seasoning again.
Sprinkle with some Basil leafs and serve piping hot and serve with some crunchy baguette.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Rustic Chicken meatball, Beans and Tomato Stew with Courgette

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

In the mood for a one-pot meal, that is not crazy heavy and won’t send you to sleep? Than this is the one for you.

It has all the comfort food characteristics, it’s cooked in one pot, it’s easy to eat, it has cheese in it….but it’s not so heavy like some of the stews and crock pot dinners you would expect now. And although I truly love all things fall and winter, sometimes you just want to lighten in up  a bit. This great one-potter is quick and easy, and even faster if you can find good quality ground chicken.

You can also double the recipe and freeze half for an other day!

Serves 4

Ingredients Chicken balls,

1 lb Chicken breast

2 tbsp. Light Olive Oil

1/2 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped

1 tsp. Himalayan Salt

1 egg

1/4 C. fresh breadcrumbs

1/4 C. Parmesan cheese grated

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 tsp. dried Oregano

Ingredients Bean and Tomato sauce;

1 courgette, cut into cubes

1 can Chopped Tomatoes

1 can of Red Kidney Beans, drained

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion, peeled and chopped fine

1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced

1 tbsp. Tomato Paste

1/2 – 1  tsp. salt

freshly ground pepper

2 tsp.  (coconut) sugar

1 Bay Leaf

1 glass white  wine

1 glass of water

1 small handful Basil leafs, some torn and some left whole

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Method;

Cut the chicken into cubes. Place in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the onion and garlic. Pulse again until it resembles mince, but not too fine.

Tip into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Shape into golf sized balls with slightly wet hands. Put them on a plate as you go.

Place a large pan on the hob and add a tablespoon of olive oil. When hot add the chicken balls and fry turning them so they brown all over. Add the courgette cubes, stir round. Turn heat to medium high and add the onion and garlic. Cook until it begins to turn golden brown and add the remaining ingredients except the Basil. Cover partially with a lid and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken balls are cooked thru. Just before serving add all the basil and sprinkle some on top.

Serve with french bread, cooked quinoa, pasta or rice.

TIP: Add two cups of chicken stock and serve it as soup with grated Parmesan cheese.

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Moroccan Meatballs with Quinoa

Moroccan Meatball with Quinoa

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with a twist…

…and with XXL Cheese Croutons and crunchy pumpkin seed topping!

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with a twist...This soup recipe will become one of your favorites, it's quick and easy to make. Smooth and comfort food at it's best.I thecookingspoon.org

I’ve been making this soup for at least ten years and it’s very very comforting and has a velvet like texture. When it’s raining outside this is the kind of soup you look forward to.

I was about to make it for lunch when I realized I didn’t have a enough onions. Yikes, that ment I had to go outside again and it was pouring with rain.

Thank goodness the supermarket is just across the street so I put on my raincoat and made a run for it! I came back a little soaked but hey, this soup’s worth it.

The soup only takes about 15 minutes to prepare at the most, plus 30 minutes of simmering.  During the simmering you can make the crunchy seed topping and prepare the croutons. It really is a meal in itself, but you could serve it as a first course too, just serve small portions since it is quite filling.

I’ve added a super delicious crunchy topping of spicey pumpkin seeds and some XXL cheesy croutons. YUM!

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Serves 6

Cane Sugar Free  Dairy Free   Egg Free   Gluten Free Vegan  Vegetarian  (vegan/vegetarian options)

Ingredients Soup:

2 tbsp. Butter (use coconut oil for vegans)

2 large onions, peeled and chopped fine

1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped fine

2 tsp. Coriander , ground

1 tsp. Cumin, ground

2 lbs. peeled and cubed pumpkin, fresh or frozen

3 C. chicken stock made with 3 Bouillon Cubes (use vegetable stock for vegans/vegetarians)

3/4 C. Apple Juice without added sugar

1 ripe peeled banana, sliced

3 tbsp. Almond Meal

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek

 

Method;

In a large pan, melt the butter, add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes on medium low. Add the garlic, stir around and add the spices. Stir a couple of times. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to  medium simmer and leave to cook for thirty minutes until everything is very tender. Turn off the heat. Blend with a hand blender until completely smooth.

 

Ingredients Crispy Pumpkin Seeds:

1/2 C. Pumpkin seeds

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. cajun seasoning

1 tsp. honey (use coconut sugar for vegans)

Method;

Heat a small frying pan over medium high heat. Add the oil.  Add the seeds and toast tossing constantly for about three minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Cook for an other minute. Transfer the seeds to a tray lined with baking parchment and let cool until ready to use.

 

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Ingredients for the XXL Croutons;

1 baguette

1 – 2 tbsp. butter softened  (use coconut oil for vegans/vegetarians)

4 – 6  slices thick cheese (use vegan or omit)

Method;

Preheat the grill of your oven.

Slice the baguette as diagonally as you can to get long slim pieces.

Butter the bottom of the slices and place on a lined baking tray. Cover with the cheese and grill in the middle rack of the oven until golden on top for about 5 minutes.

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Carrot Soup

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Vegan Vegetarian Dairy Free Gluten FreeEgg Free Cane Sugar Free

Serves 4

This is pure bliss in a bowl, it makes me happy just looking at it. The color is so vibrant and pretty. The sweetness of the carrots is balanced with the spiciness of the Coriander and the sharpness of the Ginger in a very harmonious way. Making this soup spicy enough for winter and also bright and light enough for summer. So basically you can make this soup all year round, when it is very hot outside you can even serve it cold. And the good thing is all the beta carotene will stimulate your sun tan, so I say, bring it on.

 

 

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Ingredients:

1 lbs. Carrots, peeled and sliced

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped fine

1 tbsp. Agave syrup

1 clove of garlic, peeled and grated fine

1/2 tsp. ground coriander

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. ground turmeric

1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger, peel it first

1/2 can  (about 6 oz.) coconut milk

2 organic chicken stock cubes, or vegetable for vegans

fresh ground pepper, a few twists of the mill

1 1/2 – 2 C. boiled water from the kettle

A few coriander leafs for garnish and a swirl of coconut cream.

Method:

In a large pot, heat the coconut oil. Add the chopped onion and all the carrots. Fry over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Then add the Agave syrup and continue to cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes to get a bit of caramelization going. Add the minced garlic, the spices and the minced ginger. Stir around a few time to toast the spices.

 

Now carefully add the coconut milk and the crumbled up stock cubes. Add some pepper and about 1 1/2 cups of the boiling water. Set the heat on low, and gently simmer for about 20 minutes until the carrot are tender when pierced with a fork.

Transfer the whole lot to a blender and carefully blend, you may need to do this in batches.

Put the pureed soup back on the heat and see if it needs more seasoning and add water if it is too thick. Serve in pretty bowls garnished with some of the coriander leafs and a swirl of coconut cream.

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