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!

9 Worthy Winter Soups

It’s the perfect time for winter soups starting with one of my favorite recipes for Lentil Soup. All of these recipes have have something special about them from the use of kale to quinoa to a five ingredient chili. Soups are so healthy and hearty and are the ideal comfort food for January. Let me know which is your favorite!

Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup via Tartlette

Beefy Corn and Black Bean Chili via My Recipes

Kale Soup via Just One Cookbook

Curried Zucchini Soup via Martha Stewart

Organic Broccoli Soup via Deliciously Organized

Chipotle Vegetarian Chili via Ingredients, Inc.

Vegetable Quinoa Soup via Two Peas and Their Pod

Sausage, Kale and Black Eyed Pea Soup via Bev Cooks

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

Healthy Soup Recipes & 6th Annual Acoustic Soup Event

I have been on a soup kick this month, and I am so excited to judge this year’s Acoustic Soup in Birmingham, Alabama at Workplay on January 26th. This event will feature soup from talented Birmingham chef’s and restaurants benefitting VSA Alabama, which serves children and adults with chronic disabilities through the arts. Please come and bring your families for great food and a wonderful cause. Here are some of my favorite soup recipes such as my Chipotle Vegetarian Chili (pictured above) and others from my favorite magazines and blogs such as this Tortilla Soup from Sunset Magazine and My Recipes (pictured below).

Beef and Barley Soup from Better Homes and Gardens 

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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup from A Spicy Perspective

Healthy Warm Lentil Soup from Ingredients, Inc

 Rustic Roasted Tomato Soup from Family Fresh Cooking

Beef, Potato and Quinoa Soup from Skinny Taste

Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Recipe

It’s the time of year when I like to make a lot of soups, and chili, of course. This Chipotle Vegetarian Chili recipe is one of my newest favorites filled with black beans, corn, fresh vegetables, and chipotle peppers. I used the canned chipotle peppers, and they are great. Just don’t go overboard and add too many. You can always add more, so start with one or two and a little bit of the sauce. The peppers and a little beer add a wonderful spicy and smokiness to this chili, but this recipe is still very healthy and low in fat. It’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or for casual entertaining.

Simple Southwestern Tortilla Soup


It has been so cold in Alabama the past 2 months, so my family has been living on soup galore. It has finally warmed up thank goodness, but this Southwestern Soup is one of my kid’s favorites. My friend, Nancy, worked hard helping me to perfect the recipe. Many thanks to a wonderful friend. I used rotisserie chicken which saves a lot of time and effort. I love the touch of the homemade tortilla strips. I make this soup even in the summertime, but it’s always fabulous to serve this time of year.