I know that we have been posting about the unseasonably warm, sunny days we are enjoying over here on the West Coast. Gotta admit that it has been delightful, but I know so many of you are still in the thick of it when it comes to rain, sleet and snow. So, I figured that for Seasonal Sunday, I would share something that would warm you up and make you feel cozy!
Actually, you will probably be seeing us share a few new crock-pot recipes over here at Zest. Sam and I made New Year’s resolutions that included finding a way to squeeze in more midweek, home-cooked meals this year. Honestly, I felt like I did cook at home a ton last year, but I was usually scrambling to make it happen between Zest, Boy Scouts, soccer, ballet, urban acro, youth group and homework. Actually, I don’t even know how I did it but it happened….and when it didn’t, there was always frozen pizza! (Blech!) So, this year, I am taking a few minutes to meal plan at the head of the week, and do a few prep things in the morning to make dinner a stress free, nourishing time around the table with mi familia!
Loaded Crock-Pot Potato Soup
2 lbs of potatoes
4-5 cups of chicken broth (or Better Than Bouillon)
1 package of Cream cheese
1/4 cup of chopped scallions
1 tsp of black pepper
salt to taste
I love this recipe because it is a great way to go meatless for at least one dinner, and it is such a cinch to make. This is definitely one of those chop and dump type of recipes!Since I am cooking this in a crock pot, I don’t bother with cutting the potatoes super small. Just chunk them up and throw them in.I said 4-5 cups of chicken broth, but really you are looking to just cover the potatoes. This isn’t rocket science…it’s soup! 🙂 I actually used Better Than Bouillon because it was handy and in my fridge. So, I used 4-5 cups of water and then added in a couple of tablespoons of the Better Than Bouillon.Now for a little bit more flavor, add in your cream cheese and black pepper. Be careful with the salt, potatoes like salt but I do not know how salty your chicken broth is…so make sure to taste as you go.
Add in a 1/4 cup of scallions for some yumminess.Now, let the crockpot work it’s magic. Since I started this in the morning, I put my crock pot on low and let it go for like 9 hours. You will just need to puree it when you are ready to serve. I simply used a blending stick. Now it is just about assembling a bunch of yummy toppings and diving in for some of the best comfort food!Look at this little recipe as a big hug from me if you are stuck with yucky weather!