My Favorite Chili Recipe

My Favorite Chili recipe

The weather has been awesome in Birmingham, and we had a cold snap this weekend, so we made My Favorite Chili Recipe. A lot of friends always ask me for my favorite chili recipe so I thought I would share–it’s my husband’s recipe creation. He has a few tricks up his sleeve. He uses ground beef and beef stew meat in the chili to create a meatier, thicker consistency. He also uses light beer instead of water and cacao powder. Cacao powder is similar to cocoa powder, but healthier and loaded with antioxidants. Use your favorite chili seasoning mix, green pepper, garlic and onion along with a touch of light brown sugar and canned tomatoes. I also like white kidney beans in my chili, but use your favorite beans.  If you’re chili looks thinner than you like, add 1 tablespoon mesa flour and water to thicken it. Ours turned out perfect. Served with a salad and your favorite crackers, and dinner is done.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

I have been working with root vegetables for a big client recipe testing project this week, and I was so excited to make Curried Sweet Potato Soup recipe. This warm, healthy soup with sweet potatoes is ideal for the changing temperatures. It’s also super healthy and made with detoxifying ingredients such as cinnamon, curry powder, and even spinach. If you’re short on time, this easy soup can be whipped up with basic ingredients found in the pantry. Pair it with a salad for a wonderful weeknight meal. Thanks to Michele Periquet and Firouze Zeroual‘s for introducing me to this great recipe!

Healthy Tortilla Soup

healthy tortilla soup

My sister, Julie, makes the best tortilla soup I have ever tried. I finally asked her for the recipe which actually came from The Food Network Kitchens. I adapted their recipe to create this Healthy Tortilla Soup. This recipe is so easy and only takes 10 minutes of preparation time. I used a rotisserie chicken for the chicken in this recipe which made this soup even simpler. Feel free to use fresh tomatoes and fresh corn if you’re making this in the summertime, but canned tomatoes and frozen corn are won’t compromise the flavor. My 3 kids loved this recipe, and it’s going on our Super Bowl recipe menu for sure! Enjoy this 30 minute recipe all winter and year round.

 

Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil Soup

We are having soup week at my house this week with the freezing temperatures. My three kids actually love lentil soup and this Hearty Lentil Soup was a hit last night. This vegetarian version is so easy and super healthy. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner with a salad and a side vegetable (or crusty bread). Lentils are low in calorie and super high in nutrition! They are great for heart health, digestive health, cholesterol reduction and more. Lentils are also high in protein with 26% of the lentil’s calories attributed to protein. Lentils are also loaded with folate, fiber and iron. Lentils need no presoaking, and they cook in less than an hour (in some cases, under 30 minutes). Of all the kinds available, red lentils cook the fastest, because they are sold with their hulls removed. But they also provide less fiber than the black, brown, or green varieties, which come with their hulls intact. To store lentils, keep them a cool, dry place, and they will stay fresh for several months. Enjoy and happy New Year!

What is New in Soup? Ask Dole

Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil

Being a super busy mom of three teens, I try to serve my kids healthy, real food products. If they have an ease factor to make my life easier, then I am even more sold.  I want the best for my kids, and I try to teach them the importance of good health and nutrition. I recently found this new Dole Garden Soup a new premium line of ready-to-serve soups) which starts with nature’s best ingredients such as sweet corn, vine ripe tomatoes, and fresh roasted poblano peppers. The health aspects of these new soup products especially caught my eye. They have no preservatives or MSG, are non GMO, gluten-free, vegetarian, low-fat, a good source of fiber and has BPA free packaging. Dole Garden Soup’s gentle cooking method locks in the fresh vegetable flavors, vibrant colors and smooth texture. I was compensated by DOLE for your participation in this campaign by including the hashtag #ad, and I am a are part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, but all opinions are my own.

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There are five varieties including Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil, Tomato Vegetable, Carrot Ginger, Sweet Corn and Southwest Black Bean and Corn. This new food product is all about ease with simple to open cap and reusable for easy storage in the refrigerator. Feel free to add in some of your favorite toppings such as fresh herbs, spices or even peanut butter, chopped peanuts, or crushed red pepper flakes in the Carrot Ginger Soup. I love serving the Southwest Black Bean and Corn with a guacamole Salad or the Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil with a homemade grilled cheese sandwich…my three kids, especially my son, Zachary, loved it! Their favorite flavors with the Southwest Black Bean and Corn and I really loved the Carrot Ginger and Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil. Serve these soups with a salad and some crusty bread and dinner is done! This soups are also a very simple lunch and perfect for a cool fall and winter day.

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You can also use the soups as a base in recipes such as Tomato Vegetable Chicken Cacciatore, Garlic Ginger Popsicles or more. For more information see Dole on Facebook or Twitter.

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Spicy Carrot Soup

Spicy Carrot Soup

As the weather cools down, what a better way to warm up then with a healthy soup that helps you lose those extra pounds at the same time. The curry in this Spicy Carrot Soup may raise your temperature, but the soup itself is light enough to satisfy your hunger without weighing you down. It is filling too, and even my three kids loved it! The soup is flavored with curry (so it’s not too spicy for kids). Curry powder has many health benefits such as cancer prevention, alzheimer’s disease prevention, heart health, bone health and more. Thank you to ZLiving for allowing me to share this recipe! It is our new fall favorite soup recipe

5 Amazing Quinoa Soup Recipes

It’s been so bitterly cold lately so I have been looking for some great new soup recipes to try (especially ones with quinoa). Here are 5 amazing quinoa soup recipes starting with my Kale and Sausage Quinoa Soup (pictured above). It is so hearty and makes a great one dish meal. My kids loved it too! Enjoy it as you start your new year off on the right foot!

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili via Recipes and Me 

Harvest Chicken Quinoa Soup via Iowa Girl Eats

Tomato Soup with Quinoa and Feta via Mountain Mama Cooks

Red Lentil Quinoa Curry Soup via Lindsay Loves Veggies

Tomato Carrot Soup

With cold weather approaching, it’s time for soup. Omega Juicers, winner of the Housewares Executive Innovation Award, are amazing for making wholesome and hearty winter soups.  This Tomato Carrot Soup is wonderful served cold or warmed. Also, the leftover pulp from the Tomato Carrot Soup can be used to make homemade salsa. Enjoy!

Tortilla Soup with Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

If you have any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I have a great recipe idea. This Tortilla Soup recipe is my newest favorite, and it’s a perfect way to use up your turkey leftovers. I served it tonight, and I couldn’t stop eating it. If you don’t have any turkey leftovers, feel free to use cooked chicken (or a rotisserie chicken is perfect if you’re in a hurry). You can also make this a vegetarian recipe by substituting vegetable broth for chicken broth, omitting the turkey and using an entire can of black beans. My 3 kids loved this soup, and they told me it is the best tortilla soup they have ever tried. I took this as a sincere compliment and good endorsement! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! It was so nice to be with my family and catch up on some rest. I ran a 10K “Turkey Run” on Thursday, and I placed 5th in my age division. I’ll take it! Here is to a great week ahead!

Weekend Inspiration: Recipes, Decor, Yoga

Happy First weekend of March everyone! I thought I would share some awesome inspirational favorites I saw this week via the web. But first, I thought I wanted to share (again) one of my favorite recipes for Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa which has been so highly requested. Look for big, big news on my site next week. Thanks for everyone’s continued support! Have a great weekend, Alison

Fabulous beyond words via Pinterest

Incredible Laundry Inspiration via Houzz

 Amazing Yoga Inspiration

Creamy Broccoli Spinach Soup via Gourmande in the Kitchen

Funfetti Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting via Bakers Royale