Monday, March 15, 2010

Taking a good recipe and altering to my new healthier & kind diet

sautesauteadded in veggie stock, water, sherry and all the veggiesI will add some cut up pasta and of course I have my "bad" food, a delicious loaf of  ciabatta bread topped with olive oil & sprinkled with salt (it's all natural) BUT it's WHITE. Soup with the Pasta in it!!

To down it all I made ice cubes with raspberries and will have them in a glass of water!

I took the French Spring Soup recipe from the Pioneer Woman
and I did not put barley in it, no butter and no half and half ... I used vegetable stock and added an extra green (Kale) and I added 1 can of whole tomatoes (4 in the can).

Put some EVOO on the bottom of a large pan
1 large leek
1 whole yellow onion (oh, and I used 2 small shallots and 1/2 of the large, yellow onion)
8 oz. of cremini mushrooms, sliced
3 whole new potatoes (chopped)
1 bunch of fresh asparagus, cut into small pieces
2 large carrots chopped (I used several smaller ones)
1 quart of Veggie broth
9 ounces of fresh spinach, roughly chopped.
sea salt and ground pepper
fresh dill (I added a small bunch in the recipe called for only 1 pinch--but I am a huge lover of FRESH dill)
the recipe called for 1/3 cup barley (I did not add this)
What I will do instead is add a tiny bit of whole gran THIN pasta.
the recipe called for 1 cup of half and half, I did not add that or the 4 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup of sherry (optional, I used it;)
I also added one can on whole tomatoes (there were 4 in the can)

In a large pot, saute the leeks, onions and garlic and saute until tender. Add the mushrooms and saute for two more minutes.Add the potatoes, carrots and asparagus and saute for two more minutes.

 Add the Veggie stock or water (water if you make it with the half and half and butter) if you use veggie stock, not much water will be needed. Now add in your salt, pepper, tomatoes, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until carrots and potatoes are tender. When they are done add in your spinach, sherry (if you use her recipe you would add in the half and half at this point too).

You can sprinkle with grated cheese (parmesan or another) and serve with a crusty bread.


  1. So, if you view the pioneer woman's woman recipe it looks SO much better (and I REALLY wanted to make it that way) BUT I am trying hard to take out diary and meats (at least for how long I can). My soup is smelling good though...can't wait to dig in!

  2. So, I dug in and to be honest with was not even close to being a goos soup, sadly enough! I have made far better ones with more taste using LESS ingredients. Well, at least it was healty:)!?!