Category Archives: Soups, Stews, & Chowders

Baked Potato Corn Chowder

Did you know that you can bake a soup? This Baked Potato Corn Chowder is easy, versatile, and comes with a heavy dose of vegetables. Did you know that you can bake a soup? I know it’s kind of uncommon, but baking a soup in the oven is a little quicker than a slow cooker but slower than the stovetop. It’s a nice middle when you have forgotten to get your slow cooker rolling at lunch time, the kid are almost home from school, and your evening is looking busy. That being said, this recipe translates well to the stovetop Continue Reading →

Easy Baked Potato Corn Chowder

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup is a satisfying meatless meal that the whole family will love. Plus, it lets you get dinner on the table in 30 minutes! Tortellini Vegetable Soup combines all of my favorite things – vegetables, pasta, soup, and cheese – in one simple, satisfying dish that your whole family will love. I like this recipe because it’s meatless, ready in about 30 minutes, and a simple way to work veggies into dinner without anyone paying too much attention. When this recipe was on my meal plan, I put cutting up the vegetables for the soup on my prep Continue Reading →

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

This Healthy Lentil Chili is packed full of whole foods, plant-based proteins, and flavor. You won’t even miss the meat!  Have you tried lentils yet? They are one of my favorite “pulses.” Isn’t that a cool word? I just learned about what the word “pulse” in relationship to food meant last year and I find myself saying it often; it makes me feel smart/fancy. What is a pulse? Well, let me tell you! According to, “Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and Continue Reading →

Healthy Lentil Chili

This Classic Chicken Noodle Soup comes together in just 30 minutes. It is warm and comforting, and the whole family will love it!  Welcome welcome, January! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the fresh start – I’m putting away my Christmas decor and decluttering/purging/organizing, it’s my birthday month, and it’s a natural season of renewal for most of us (me included!). I love setting down the cookies, candies, and party food, picking up my meal plan with my favorite healthy dinners, and moving a little more. Long live January. I think 2016 was rough for Continue Reading →

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Today is the day! The book I’ve been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we’d be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner Continue Reading →

14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)

How is the new year treating you?! I assume you’ve made a few goals or resolutions and chances are pretty good that those include something along the lines of being healthy. I’m here to help you out with some of those goals with this awesome Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I love this recipe! It’s easy to make, you are sneaking in some fabulous vegetables, and this happens to be a little lower in calories than traditional macaroni and cheese (thanks to the vegetables). The flavor is awesome, it’s creamy, it’s rich, and it makes for a great meatless Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili is the best of so many worlds. Slow cooker meal? Check. Healthy? Check. Use some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Check (but not necessary if you don’t have it, see the notes on the recipe). This recipe is also part of the November #eatseasonal group, which means other bloggers have made delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients and you can find links to all of their dishes down below! This group of bloggers has been a huge treat for me to work with this year, and this month is no different. Here’s what a Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

I have been using my slow cooker like a crazy person these last few week, and this slow cooker chicken pot pie is one of the meals that I made and we loved. I love soups and stews, but my family can get tired of them after a while. I really liked this slow cooker chicken pot pie recipe because you add a homemade element (the biscuits) that isn’t made in the slow cooker; that little extra step really makes everyone happy. I’m happy because I can still get the bulk of dinner prepped and going during the middle of Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

Thank you so much for your response to Graham’s birth story I posted yesterday. I’m so grateful for all you kind wonderful friends that I’ve made through blogging these past 4 years. Seriously, you are the best. Today’s Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is my gift to you. I’m sure we are in the same boat – school is back in session, lessons and activities are picking up, and my personal goals and priorities have taken a bit more of a front seat than they did this summer. I’m taking a little more time to meal plan, eat well, Continue Reading →

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

I put a picture of this Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach on my Instagram feed the night that I made it and the crowds cheered! I thought I better post the recipe sooner rather than later so that you all could get right to making it! This soup is really simple, comes together in under 30 minutes, and is the perfect match for my Super Simple No-Knead Bread recipe. Have you tried that bread yet? It’s amazing. My kids like this soup because it was full of cheese tortellini, and I loved that they ate it because it’s Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup with Spinach

Slow Cooker Vegetable Bean Soup is one that you need in your go-to collection. This hearty rich soup is just the thing to get you through winter. Serve it with a side of whole grain cornbread and everyone will be happy. This recipe comes from Emily at One Lovely Life ,and she’s here today sharing all of the details. I’m so glad she picked this recipe to share, because I actually made this recipe in December and we loved it. Enjoy! These first (very cold) months of the year are slow cooker season for me. I find that I crave the Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Vegetable Bean Soup

Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach is something to get excited about this fine Monday morning! A 1 2/3 cup serving has 230 calories, 3 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber! That is awesome! Between the beans and the spinach, I’m sure it has a lot of iron and other vitamins and minerals too. I love this soup! America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out: The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution, and it is definitely something to get excited about! I’m giving away a copy to two winners today, so keep reading. Continue Reading →

Healthy Slow Cooker Bean and Sausage Soup with Spinach

My love of cast iron knows no end and I’ve slowly been building my collection piece by piece. There are SO many benefits to cast iron and so man fun things that you can do with cast iron cookware from a culinary stand point. I wrote an article about cooking with cast iron, specifically making soups, and it’s on the Hobby Farms website today. I had a blast writing it and think it turned out great. I included some practical tips on cooking with cast iron as well as not one, but four recipes! They include a simple stove top chili, Continue Reading →

3 Soups Cooked in Cast Iron

16 Soups, Stews, and Chili Recipes with beans is a round up I’m excited about! I love all things comforting soup this time of year and I love when soups, stews, and chilis include lots of beans. Beans are awesome for a couple or reason. They are are a great filler to replace some of the meat in soup and chili recipes. This is good for the budget but it’s also pretty good for you. Beans are loaded with fiber which keeps you full, have lots of protein, and they also include lots of trace minerals like magnesium, copper, and Continue Reading →

16 Soups, Stews, and Chili Recipes with beans

My friend (in real life and on the web), Emily from One Lovely Life, is here today sharing a perfectly simple soup recipe. I can’t wait to make this soon with a big loaf of Rustic Italian bread. Dinner heaven! My favorite part about making a healthy meatless meal is that I never feel guilt about serving and enjoying dessert later in the evening. Take it away, Emily! November is such a beautiful month. All the craziness of Halloween is over, and thoughts turn to family, harvest, and feeling thankful. I love that tiny breath of peace before the rush Continue Reading →

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

One Pot Wonders are dishes that you kind of throw everything in the pot, let it cook, and then it is done! I’ve made the One Pot Wonder Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil from Barefeet in the Kitchen lots of times (it is awesome!), and we really like it. I thought I would share with you one of our family-favorite “one pot wonders” that is just perfect for this time of year! Farmstand One Pot Wonder is green beans, new potatoes, onions, and ham that are all cooked in one pot. Half way through the cooking time you can place Continue Reading →

Farmstand One Pot Wonder

Monday! One of my favorite days of the week indeed. After taking a bit of a break from house work and computer work over the weekend I’m always excited and motivated to get a bunch done on Mondays. And because I’m getting a bunch done I try not to make myself too many more additional messes. That’s where soup comes in. Soup/stews/chilis are my favorite one pot meals to make on a busy Monday night because they don’t make many dishes, I can make them when I have a minute and they are fine to sit on the stove and Continue Reading →

Loaded Nacho Supreme Chili

Happy Weekend to you! This year I’m trying a few new things when it comes to posting! One is being a part of a group of bloggers who are doing fun things together monthly, and today is one such post! This group of ladies is the creation of the beautiful Wendy from Around my Family Table. She came up with the idea of finding 12 bloggers who share 12 recipes on the 12th of each month with 12 ingredients or less. Each blogger is taking a turn coming up with the theme for the month and January happens to be Continue Reading →

Quick, Easy, and Healthy White Chicken Enchilada Soup

The joy of the holidays are over, the new year has begun, and it’s back to the grind. If you are like me it’s time to get a handle on your eating again. We eat healthy and balanced meals most of the time but I’ll be the first to admit that I let our better habits slip a lot during the holiday season. Choosing healthy options for your family doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive, and today’s recipe proves that point. You are going to love this healthy 30 minute alphabet soup. It’s kid tested and healthy mama Continue Reading →

Healthy 30 Minute Alphabet Soup

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today’s post is brought to you from Vijay who is the mastermind behind the really fun website called NoshOn.It. They feature food bloggers from all across the web every day. You can sign up to get their emails and have the recipes sent right to your inbox… easy! And they always feature the coolest people, like me :) Vijay was one of the very first people to Continue Reading →

Smoky Sweet Potato Apple Soup

Eating Clean isn’t rocket science, it’s planning! If you want to feed your family well but aren’t sure where to start, this is the post for you. I have a whole food approach to eating that the whole family will love, no health food store needed. This meal plan is something that I cycle through. We try to eat by my 80/20 rule (more on that at the bottom of the post) but when I feel like we are getting lazy or have had too many treats and cheat meals (read long weekends, holidays, vacations,and birthday parties) then I’ll stick to Continue Reading →

Eating Clean Meal Plan: Spring/Summer Menu

My mom and I have really bonded over the blog. In the last 18 months or so we have spent tons of time on the phone talking about recipes, craft ideas, working through problems or comments that may have stung a little. She’s definitely my number one blog fan and it means the world to me. She came across a few recipe in her local newspaper and was excited to share them with me. She was on the phone telling me about cornbread, cooked in a waffle iron, with chili on top. Huh?? I’d never even heard of such a Continue Reading →

Cornbread Waffles with Chili – 15 minute dinner

Good morning. This is my very first time posting a recipe using WordPress and I’ll be the first to admit it is very very different. I’m using a plug-in of sorts to create the recipe and the printable version, so if anything is off please let me know. New Years is the perfect time to recommit to eating well and this recipe is a healthy and delicious place to start. Lightened-up White Chicken Chili is made by sauteing onions and peppers and then adding raw chicken breasts and water. By cooking the chicken right in the soup the flavor is Continue Reading →

White Chicken Chili – lightened up

// The weather here has been uncharacteristically warm so we are really getting a lot done on the house. Thomas has replaced windows in the basement, the bath room is sheet rocked, and one bedroom downstairs is almost done being sheet rocked. We are working on sprucing up the outside while the weather is nice and hope to put a big dent in all things remodeling this month. Plus we’ve found more stuff in the walls! I think I’ll post about that tomorrow. Any guesses on what we found? And, no, it’s not another royal icing rose. (Did you catch Continue Reading →

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in the Crock Pot

Phase two of house remodeling just began with Thomas spending almost nine hours at Home Depot yesterday. You heard me right, nine hours of his life spent at one store on a single day… now that is commitment. He just bought everything we need to finish the second half of the house and I have to admit, it’s pretty exciting, minus the serious bank account draining. So plan on some house updates in the semi-near future. We also have swallowed some pride and decided to hire-out our first project in our massive home renovation. We’ve had all of the shingles Continue Reading →

Simple Cream of Tomato Soup

Fall is here and gardens are full and ready for the picking. This soup was an eating clean meal/clean out the fridge session/use up lots of produce that I had around concoction and it turned out delicious. I love vegetable soups but was wanting to bump up the protein without adding the expense of meat. So a bit of lean meat, lentils, and beans really make this meal filling and hearty without being expensive. The lentil and beans almost hide in all of the goodness and you hardly even notice them. My kids ate two bowls full and then were excited to Continue Reading →

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Soup

People in my neck of the woods hunt. They hunt a lot. Some hunt for sport (which I’m not a fan of), but many hunt to feed their families. Right before hunting season in the fall, people clean out their freezers. I was gifted lots and lots of elk. Elk burger, elk steak, and elk cube steak. I love elk. It’s delicious, lean, and you can’t get more organic than wild elk! No elk on hand? Deer, caribou, or just plain beef would work well too. Any dutch oven or oven safe pot will do. Mine happens to be cast Continue Reading →

Dutch Oven Wild Game Chili