Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Comfort Foods: Five Favorite Soup and Stew Recipes

A batch of Budget Bytes Lentil Stew--so delicious! (Copyright 2019 Reina M. Williams)
It's supposedly fall here in Northern California, and though we've been experiencing mostly summer weather, we've had a few chilly evenings when I could make cozy favorites like soups and stews. Often I don't follow exact recipes, but some are so good the way they are that I do. So, below are my top five favorite soups and stews that I enjoy on chilly evenings.

Lentil Stew from Budget Bytes: I love this stew! It tastes similar to beef stew, but is vegan, and feels healthier but with all the heartiness of beef stew.

Lasagna Stoup from Rachael Ray: This is one that I sometimes change, leaving out the beef and subbing with either ground turkey or lots of chopped spinach. Great if you like the noodles and sauciness of lasagna but not so much the extra cheese or crunchiness.

Kelly's Butternut Squash Soup: This originally appeared in a magazine (I think Woman's Day) but I lost my copy--then found it on the internet. This was by Kelly Osborne when she was doing a column about healthy foods and is one of my go-to soups that also happens to be vegan.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings from Budget Bytes: I really love Budget Bytes, as you may be able to tell. Her recipes always come through for me, and as someone on a budget, I appreciate that she tailors her recipes to fit the tightest of budgets. My younger son approves of this recipe. :) (But for him I leave out the parsley in the dumplings, and sub the onion in the soup with minced dried onion.)

Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup from Budget Bytes: This one takes me back to my childhood. My dad used to make soup like this, but with ham in it. Since I don't like ham, I'm happy to have found this vegetarian version that has the taste I remember but without the meat.

My friends also made a delicious broccoli cheese soup the other day, but it was in an intstapot, and I don't have one. So I'm still searching for the best recipe for that. If you have a favorite soup or stew recipe, please share it!

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