Archive for June, 2011

It’s all about comfort!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Can you think of anything more comforting than making homemade soup? Well, you’re right, baking cookies.

But today let’s talk about soup, it tops the list of comfort food.  Soup is good for everything from weight-loss to a cure for the common cold. What a great way to get your daily vegetables!

Broth-based soups (also called clear) with vegetables have more vitamins,  less fat and calories than cream-based soups.  Canned soup usually has more sodium than homemade.

This is one of my family’s favorites:

Baked Potato Soup from Allrecipes.com

3 bacon strips, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)
shredded cheddar cheese
minced fresh parsley

In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp.  Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.  Set bacon aside.  Saute onion and garlic in the drippings until tender.  Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper; mix well.  Gradually add broth.  Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil.  Garnish with bacon, cheese and parsley.

For a vegetarian version; Omit bacon and drippings, use butter or oil to saute onion and garlic.  Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Here are some homemade recipes using Watkins Soup and Gravy Mix:

Chicken Tortilla Soup

3 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
3 cups water
3 TBSP Watkins Chicken Soup and Gravy Mix
1 cup peeled and diced fresh tomato
1/2 tsp Watkins Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Watkins Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Watkins Black Pepper
2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
1 TBSP lime juice

In a large skillet sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray, saute tortilla strips for 5 minutes or until crisp.  Place strips on a paper towel while preparing soup.  In a large saucepan sprayed with Watkins Cooking Spray, saute onion for 5 minutes.  Stir in water, chicken soup mix, tomato, chili powder, garlic powder and black pepper.  Add chicken.  Mix well to combine.  Bring mixture to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and stur in lime juice and tortilla strips.  Top with grated cheddar cheese and serve at once.  Makes four 1 1/2 cup servings.

Cream of Potato Soup

Make medium white sauce with Watkins Cream Soup Mix and set aside.  Simmer 1 cup diced potatoes, 3/4 cup chopped celery in 1 1/2 cups water in a covered 2 quart saucepan.  Do not drain.  Add 1/4 tsp Watkins Dry Mustard and a dash of Watkins Black Pepper to Medium White Sauce; add to vegetables; bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.  Serves 6.

Oyster Cracker Munchies

1/4 cup Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
4 tsp Watkins Chicken Soup and Gravy Mix
1 10-12 oz. package oyster crackers
Mix oil and soup mix; pour over crackers and stir until well coated.  Spread in a shallow baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 5 or 6 minutes, stir once or twice during baking.  Cool, serve and accept compliments graciously.

Why use Watkins Soup and Gravy Mixes?  They’re concentrated, economical, space saving and versatile.  Click HERE to order,  just $9.99.

1 container of Watkins Soup Mix                          Competitive Brand
Onion…………………………………………………….5.5 boxes
Beef……………………………………………………….16 cans
Chicken………………………………………………….20 cans
Mushroom………………………………………………9 cans

Bon appetit,
Terry