Soup for You

October 28, 2010

Our guest blogger Liz brings us some hearty Fall recipes…

Although I am writing to you from Melbourne, Australia, and the seasons are reversed, I did want to share one of my all time favorite fall/winter recipes with you. The recipe is simple, healthy, delicious and comforting.  This is something you can learn easily and then you won’t have to rely on a recipe.

Chickpea and Leek Soup – serves 4 (Cooking Time – 10 minutes active, 40 minutes total)

1 rotisserie chicken – shred half of it

1 can chickpeas

3-4 leeks

1 tall carton of your favorite chicken stock – low sodium

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

water

salt and pepper to taste

butter and olive oil

Cut leeks lengthwise into 5 strips, still attached to root, rinse, then cut crosswise. The size will result in small chopped pieces. Sauté in olive oil and butter in a large sauté pan until soft and translucent – five to ten minutes. Rinse and drain chickpeas.

Add half the stock (should cover leeks and chickpeas) and all of the chickpeas, simmer for 20 minutes. Using a hand blender, puree 1/2 the mixture, leave the other half chunky. Add shredded chicken, add more stock, bring back to a simmer.

Consistency should be somewhat brothy and chunky, not too thick. Add stock or water to get desired consistency. Incorporate 2-3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Then add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve in bowls with crusty bread on the side with another spoonful of parmesan on top of the soup.

I have fallen in love with this dish and my kids and husband are crazy for it as well.  Make enough for leftovers, it is great the next day!

Apple Sauce

Organic applesauce is expensive, but it is so easy to make. Kids love it with dinner and in their lunch.

Simply cut up apples, peeled or not peeled and sauté in a little water until soft, add a squeeze of lemon juice.  Add cinnamon if you like.  Allow to cool, then store in refrigerator and freezer, if making a large batch.

They say that much of the apple’s nutrition is in the skin, so I say, try a batch with the skin on and see how you like it!

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