I love soup. I love it more than a person probably should. To me, it’s a pretty perfect food. But only, and I mean ONLY, if it’s done right. In other words, no whimpy soup for me. Give me texture, give me flavor and give me satisfaction. Give me this Veggie Lentil Soup!
You can certainly buy chicken noodle soup from a can. And it’s certainly going to taste “okay.” And that’s totally fine when you’re feeling sick and don’t care about taste. But what about when you crave chicken noodle soup and you’re not sick? If you’re me, that canned stuff just won’t do. That’s why I created my version of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Because we all deserve delicious soup! Want to see me make it!? Head over to my feedfeed tv channel, Lunch & Learn, to watch!
I love pumpkins. There. I said it and now it’s out of the way. I’m not sorry about it either. Because pumpkins are 100% awesome and they 100% make me happy. So happy that nearly all of the Halloween decorations in my house involve a pumpkin somehow. Beyond looking at them, I also love to eat them. And while I love a yummy sweet treat made with pumpkin, I also dig the savory stuff. Enter this Pumpkin Spice Lentil Soup!
In my world, it’s always soup season. Yes, I know that many of you limit your soup to fall and winter, and I think that’s great. But, to me, soup is a year-round food. And call me crazy, but I love a good, spicy soup in the heat of summer! That’s when I like to bust out a big pot of this Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup!
Have you ever wondered why that miso soup from your favorite sushi restaurant tastes so good? It because they use an amazing, flavorful broth to create it! Have you ever heard of dashi? Well now you have, and now you’ve got the intel you need to make delicious miso soup at home!
Comfort can come in a lot of different forms – a hug, kind words, a fuzzy blanket, or a warm bowl of chili. Chili? Yes, for me chili is comfort. It’s a warm bowl of pure happiness. Why is that? I think I’ve figured it out and guess what – it has everything to do with emotions and memories and that’s what makes it a perfect Fertility Friday food!
I don’t know how my love affair of Mexican food began. It sure wasn’t inspired by anything I ate while growing up. I’m from the Midwest, so that’s part of my excuse. But, really, when I was younger (dating myself here), the closest I could get to Mexican food was a certain fast food chain (hello, chalupa) and a certain fast-casual food chain (hola, unlimited chips and salsa!). It’s a wonder, then, how I came to love Mexican food so much.
But I do love it and it has changed my life in the best, most positive way possible. How can a cuisine do that you ask? Simply, by educating me about food. I read so many great recipes featuring Mexican cooking and Mexican chefs, and I learned two important lessons. The first lesson I learned was the necessity of properly using spices to season food. The second lesson I learned was the importance of layering flavor, an indispensable tool used to build a recipe so that dishes go from ok to awesome. Those two lessons are the inspiration for how I make many of my dishes, including this Chicken Posole.
It’s not just another stew, it’s something that honors those lessons of properly using spices and building flavor. It’s brimming with everything from cumin to green chiles to the super delicious and texturally-pleasing hominy. This Chicken Posole is a tribute to honestly good food. It can fill any hungry or “hangry” belly and bring a smile to any face.
READ THIS PEOPLE!
Whew, did I get your attention? Good, that was on purpose. I want you to read this part because these are tips for success, including a few reasons why I did what I did with this recipe. Read on…
- Buy the skin-on, bone-in chicken. Trust me! The skin helps add depth of flavor in two ways. First, when you sear it, you’ll get some yummy browned bits that stick to the pan, that’s called fond, and it’s good stuff. Second, you’ll cook the chicken with the skin-on, which will give your stew a really nice, enhanced chicken broth taste. (Don’t worry, you’ll take the skin off and bones off before you eat it!)
- Back to that chicken, don’t even think about touching it or peeking at it while you’re searing it. You’ll just rip the skin right off and you’ll be mad and cry. I want you to be happy.
- I add flour here, why? Because I want a stew that’s thick and by adding this flour and cooking it with the fat, I accomplish that. No whimpy stew broth for me!
And here, the montage of pictures honoring this Chicken Posole
A big pot of warmth, this stew is hearty and loaded with flavor. Perfect for tailgates or potlucks or a delicious family dinner.
- 1 tablespoon vegeatable oil
- 2 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 3/4 pound)
- 2 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pound)
- 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/3 cups)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (25-ounce) can hominy, drained
- 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Heat the oil in a pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the chicken with salt then arrange, skin-side down in the pot. Cook about 6-7 minutes, until skin is golden brown. Move to a plate.
- Add the onion and carrots to the pot and cook until softened, about 6-7 minutes. Add the chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook and stir for 1 more minute. Add the chicken broth, stirring to scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a simmer then add the chicken, pressing it into the liquid to fully submerge it. Reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer uncovered, until chicken is cooked (has reached an internal temperature of 165’F), about 25 minutes. Check occasionally during cooking to ensure that chicken is still submerged. Add water, 1/2 cup at a time to keep chicken in the cooking liquid.
- Remove the chicken to a cutting board and let it cool 5 minutes. (At this point you can also skim the surface of the soup to remove any scum or excess oil/fat.)
- Carefully remove and discard skin. Using a fork, remove the meat from the bones. Discard bones. Roughly chop the chicken and add it back to the pot along with the drained beans, hominy and chiles. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
- Stir in lime juice and cilantro and serve.
- This recipe makes about 9 cups of stew, this allows for a generous 1 1/2 cup portion for 6 people.
- Serving Size: 6
- Calories: 346
- Sugar: 2
- Sodium: 557
- Fat: 9
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Unsaturated Fat: 6
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 38
- Protein: 28
- Cholesterol: 77
Why I made this recipe: Because “soup season” has officially begun in my household and because I really enjoy a bold-flavored, hearty soup like this Red Curry Quinoa Soup.
Why I love this recipe: Well, for the reasons I made this soup and for a few more too. First, quinoa is one of my favorite grains, not only is it nutritious, but it cooks super fast. That means this soup comes together fast too! Why else, you ask? Because it’s totally satisfying. There’s nothing I dislike more than a weak, bland, watery soup. This one is none of those things!
How this recipe is healthy: Oh, that quinoa! Not only does it cook fast, but it is so nutritious! A perfect source of vegetarian protein and loaded with fiber and iron, it’s a delightful alternative to rice and other grains. And how about that red curry paste! Never heard of it? Well, let me introduce you to your new kitchen staple. This stuff is simply magical. Typically used in Thai cooking, it adds serious depth of flavor to any dish you make, plus a little heat. All of that flavor doesn’t even come at a caloric cost either! The ingredients, usually chili peppers, garlic, galangal (or Thai ginger), shallot, spices and kaffir lime are foods that are loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients, that also happen to be amazingly flavorful. A true culinary and nutritional gem.
And here are the pretty pictures:
A hearty soup made with earthy, robust red curry paste, fresh vegetables and quinoa.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 medium sweet potato, diced (about 1 1/2 cups chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon red curry paste
- 2 teaspoons peeled, chopped fresh ginger
- 1 cup quinoa
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or water)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Sea or Kosher salt, to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Heat the oil in a pot set over medium-high heat. Add the onion, pepper and sweet potato and cook, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic, curry paste and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa and cook 1 minute more. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and quinoa is cooked.
- Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Season with salt to taste and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.
- Cut the potatoes into half-inch cubes, this helps them to cook more quickly. And don’t worry if they’re not exactly a half-inch, just about that size is perfect! 🙂
- Portion is a generous 1 cup.
- Serving Size: 6
- Calories: 164
- Sugar: 2
- Sodium: 637
- Fat: 4
- Saturated Fat: 1
- Unsaturated Fat: 3
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26
- Protein: 6
- Cholesterol: 0