It’s time to talk about soup!
Soup is awesome for many reasons. It keeps you warm in the winter, it makes your belly feel nice and full, it can go with any meal or even by itself and it’s so easy to make! You could pretty much throw anything into a pot with broth, let it get tender and blend away. I mean my Aunt Debbie who volunteers to bring rolls and corn to event gatherings could do that. If she can do it, so can you. I believe in you!
You would think those reasons would be enough to get the pot out right now at 11 o’clock at night. Put it back, you’re just being silly now! Seriously though, the number one reason I love soup is because you can get a junk load of nutrition in one cup! In case you didn’t know “junk load” is a lot! It may not be in Webster’s Dictionary, but it’s in my dictionary. Webster’s has nothing on my dictionary.
Graeyson loves anything that has been blent up. Whether it’s a smoothie or soup, he could care less. If you try feeding him little bits of something on his highchair, you will get denied! He is so funny that way, or maybe he’s just smarter than all of us. He’s like Mom why are you wasting my time putting all this junk on my highchair when we could just mix it all together and drink it a million times faster. I mean I’ve got playing to do and knobs to chew on. Seriously, the kid that eats toilet paper and licks every knob in the house is going to complain about how his foods comes. He definitely reminds me of someone else I know (insert my husband), minus the whole eating toilet paper and licking knobs. Although, somedays I wouldn’t put it past him. I mean seriously, how long can one person be in a bathroom for!
I love this soup so much because it has a little bit of everything.
It is creamy, tart, sweet and has a little saltiness from the blue cheese and croutons. What more could you want? Healthy with low calories?
Okay, done and done!
Once you try these homemade croutons I promise you will never go back to that disgusting bag in the supermarket. They are so easy to make and much better for you. Plus, you can use whatever bread or seasonings you want to change things up! What a great way to use up that old bread. You’re welcome!
- FOR THE SOUP:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup yellow onions, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium sized parsnip, peeled and cubed
- 1 medium sized potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups of chicken stock
- 1 pink lady apple, peeled and cubed
- Gorgonzola or blue cheese (I love Point Reyes because it gives a nice tang!)
- FOR THE CROUTONS:
- 1 sandwich roll sized piece of sourdough bread (6 inches), cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
- 1-2 pinches of Himalayan salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large pot heat coconut oil (2 1/2 tablespoons) on medium heat
- Add in the yellow onions and garlic to the pot and cook for a couple of minutes until they become translucent
- Take your potato, parsnip and apple and add them to the pot
- Pour in 2 cups of chicken stock. It should reach just barley above the vegetables.
- Continue cooking on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are tender
- While you are waiting for the vegetables to cook start your croutons
- Put your bread cubes on a baking sheet, coat with coconut oil, add garlic and seasonings and bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned
- When your vegetables are tender, transfer them to a high powered blender (something like a vitamix for best results)
- Blend until smooth
- The soup will be thick, if you want it less thick feel free to add more stock
- Top with apple, blue cheese and homemade croutons!