Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Creamy Potato Soup Crockpot Style


Wow ... some of you are seeing some REAL cold weather, not to mention the snow!  We are seeing some cold weather too, by our standards, so I'm back to making soup again!

Now, THIS soup is yummy and I get really excited when I'm making it ... its just a little bowl of pure comfort food to me ... yummmy ....

The last time I made, this about a month ago, I switched it up a little and used the refrigerated steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes .... and I did it the same way THIS time as it was really good the last time!



Another thing I have to point out: toppings. I love toppings, but then again, I love a loaded baked potatoe ... so that's how you need to look at it. Do you like bacon, cheese, green onions on your baked potato? Then, by all means, add those to your cup of soup. Otherwise, eat it naked and make feel a little healthier for doing so ;-)

So...enough with the ramble ... lets get cooking!!

2 bags (20 oz each) of steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes (or you can use frozen potatoes)
2 cartons (32 oz) of chicken stock 
1 can cream o' chicken soup 
1/2 onion, chopped fine OR a real generous shake of the dehydrated onions
1/4 tsp ground black pepper 
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese ... do not use fat free as it will not melt down

As with ALL crockpot meals, just dump everything in the crockpot except the cream cheese. Give a little stir, put the lid on and set it to high for 6 hours or 8 hours on low (your choice).




After the time has gone by ... take the lid off, cut up the cream cheese in to cubes and toss those in the crock pot. Add the lid back on and walk away for an hour or so, til the cheese has melted.

Because I like my soup creamy, I grab the immersion blender and go to town making the soup nice and smooth. If you prefer, leave it chunky. It's up to you and I won't judge! :-)

IF the soup is too thick, you can add a little water, chicken broth or milk to thin out a little.

Dish up, add your toppings if using, and dig in to this little bowl of comfort ... enjoy!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Loaded Baked ... Cauliflower?

Yes, you read that right ...Loaded Baked Cauliflower ... 

As I'm sure you've noticed, I've really started to try MORE veggies and so far, so good ...so here's to this yummy dish that I picked up over at Skinny Taste ... with modifications, of course ... 


This is how I made it on a fine Saturday afternoon ... you should too!

24 ounces of cauliflower florets ... I love Costco for stuff like this (or 6 cups worth)
1/4 cup or so of bacon bits (again, great Costco buy!)
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 tbs butter
3/4 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
2 tbs of finely sliced green onions (you do regrow the roots, right?)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Ready??

Grab your rice cooker and steamer insert. Add water to bottom of pot and fill up the steamer basket with the garlic and cauliflower. I really had to cram mine in to close the lid ... 

Set to 17 minutes to steam. Go ahead, toss a load of laundry in the washer, hop on pinterest, play with the cat/dog/kid/whatever ... 

Once done steaming, transfer the cauliflower and garlic to a food processor with the blade in.  Add milk, butter, salt and pepper and turn on to puree ... 

Stir in the green onions and transfer to an 8x8 baking dish to serve family style OR if it's just you eating a snack (ahem, I don't judge, really), then grab a small dish and dish some up in that. Top with the shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Now ... you have two choices. I opted with the first option since it was a small dish for ME ... microwave for 20 seconds or so til the cheese is a little melty OR if doing the big dish, bake in a 400 degree oven 5 minutes or so til the cheese is melty. It's up to you, and again, I won't judge ...

Add the bacon, cheese, and bake for about 5 minutes or so, til the cheese is melted.

If desired, sprinkle with a little more green onion over the top, serve up and enjoy! 

*If the cauliflower seems to be really "moist", let it drain a little in a strainer ... or use LESS milk ... if it's too watery, you will be sad that you just have a liquid form of cauliflower instead of a nice thick, creamy cauliflower ... 

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