Its officially autumn and getting chilly here in Michigan! Time for sweaters, football and comfort food! Today we’re showing some link love to some great blogs that help you get a delicious hot dinner on the table! As busy moms we need simple steps to get a great meal cooking. This time of year I love to have either the crockpot cooking away or a pot of soup on the stove. Soups are so versatile, you can always add more flavor or change the protein. The best part is, longer they spend cooking, the yummier they are!
Crock pot for a busy work day
The ridiculously simple The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot courtesy of Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food saves the day. No carving since the meat literally falls off the bones! Add a salad or whip up mashed potatoes and you have dinner. She also includes directions to make your own homemade broth. I love saving the delicious healthy broth for these next recipes. We usually have enough chicken to use for soup or quesadillas later in the week.
Looking for a little heat in this chilly weather? Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup from Sarah Warren of heartland Renaissance fits the bill. This soup also works in the crockpot. Using raw chicken breasts, add everything but the corn and beans. At the end of the day, just shred the chicken, add corn and beans, warm your tortillas and dinner is served! For those who like more heat, add some sliced jalapenos or hot sauce on the side. Shredded cheese and sour cream make great toppings also. Every Halloween my mother-in-law serves up big bowls of this before the kids hit the sidewalk for trick or treating!
Boost your immunity
Once school starts, I turn to that homemade broth to keep those cold and flu bugs away. Nourishing Potato Leek Soup from Tiffany Washko at Nature Moms Blog is a family favorite. The kids love a slice of crusty bread slathered in butter for dipping in the soup. Serve with shredded cheese or bits of bacon for added yumminess!
Walking through the produce section this time of year, you can’t miss the squash. We’ve heard the health benefits (high in vitamins A and C) but how else to serve it other than baked with butter and brown sugar? A great alternative is Butternut Squash and Apple Soup from Katie G on Simple Bites. This sweet take on soup compliments the autumn flavors of the squash and sweet apples. Katie also shares tips for choosing and storing squash.
Get kids to eat their veggies
How to do it without being so obvious? Chili! It’s great for sneaking in extra veg like diced carrots and celery, not to mention its basically tomatoes, beans and meat. How can you go wrong? For a low fat option, use ground turkey when cooking up Easy Chili from Katie of Wellness Mama. My own kids love it on the mild side, with the hot sauce close at hand for the adults. Don’t forget to pass the cornbread!
Autumn means a garden full (hopefully!) of vegetables to use before the first frost. Take those fresh tomatoes, carrots and zucchini and transform them into a delicious Not Quite Minestrone Soup from Kimberly Morales at Poor Girl Eats Well. The Italian flavors go beautifully with warm buttery garlic bread. You can leave the chicken out for a Meatless Monday meal.
Do you have a favorite one-pot comfort food? Do share!