3 Stupid-Easy Soup Recipes

Okay, I don’t know about you, but when someone says that they made their own soup, it just sounds legit to me. It’s like they’re saying they made their own pasta or grew their own vegetables. This is probably because we NEVER made homemade soup in my house growing up, so it seems so extravagant to me. With all the fall weather I have been on a major soup kick lately but soup is expensive and high in sodium. And the low sodium ones taste like nothing (someone had to say it).

Anyway, since I’ve been tinkering around in the kitchen, I have made some pretty delicious soups and I wanted to share the recipes with you.

Carrot, Sweet Potato, Ginger Soup with Avocado 

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Ingredients:

makes 4-6 servings

  •  2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbs coconut oil

Directions:

First add oil to your pot and saute the garlic, ginger, and onions for about 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and carrots. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer soup on medium heat for about 25 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are soft. Add salt to taste.

Let soup cool some. Transfer to food processor and blend until desired consistency. Dice 1/4 of an avocado for each individual bowl of soup. Enjoy!

 

Garbage Broth (sounds delicious, right?)

Oops I didn’t take a picture. SPOILER: It looks like broth. Here’s a picture from emmycooks.com instead!

Okay this isn’t really a soup, recipe per se. But it is incredibly good to know about! When you are chopping up onions, celery, and carrots never throw out the leftover odds and ends. Instead, throw them into freezer bag and freeze them. Once the bag is filled up with all your “garbage bits” you can make a really simple and delicious vegetable stock from them.

Ingredients:

makes about 2 quarts

  • Onion ends (skin optional. Keeping the skin on will make your broth a deep golden color)
  • Carrot tops (greens removed)
  • Celery ends and pieces
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Garlic powder
  • About 8 cups water

Directions:

Add frozen pieces into pot. Cover with water. Keep at low boil with lid on for about 2-4 hours. Add salt to taste. Strain out vegetables using cheesecloth, strainer, or the pot lid (like me). Viola!

 

Spicy White Bean, Kale, and Chicken Sausage Soup

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Ingredients:

makes 4-6 servings

  • 1 quart vegetable broth (use your garbage broth that’s what I did!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 package (4-5 links) chicken sausage of your choice, I used sun-dried tomato
  • 2 cans cannelloni beans, rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Red pepper flakes to spice level
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil in pot. Add garlic, onion, and sausage. Saute for about 5 minutes. Next add kale in parts so it can cook down. Next add the cannelloni beans and liquids with bay leaf. Remember, the red pepper flakes will get spicier as the soup cooks! Let simmer at low boil for about 45 minutes or until the flavors have blended to your liking. Top with some grated Parmesan cheese! Bon appetite!

What is the best soup you have ever had or made? 

Things I Think When I Look at Race Photos

What do you do when a race posts over 600 pictures from race day on Facebook? Ummmm comb through all of them for pictures of yourself and then share them online with your own personal commentary, of course. Duh.

Thanks Rescue Run 5K for taking and posting all of these pictures! P.S. you can read my race recap here!

Here are the things I think when I look at these race photos.

“Lol let’s take it nice and slow. PS you are totally pulling off these neon orange shoes.” – Me.

I forgot about this! A deer ran on the course! This is on the other side of the course, but it also ran across the course like maybe 20 yards ahead of me during the race!

These sunglasses make me look way more intense than I am.

Damn, my hair is crazy. Also, do I really flail my arms that much when I run? And why do I look so slanted? Is this why I run slow?

Mischief managed.

Post race. Eating a banana, thinking about how weirdly spotted that dog is and wondering if he likes wearing the Hawaiian lei or not.

Seriously, do you think that the dogs feel humiliated when they’re all dressed up? Or do you think they like it? Or do you think they’re like IDGAF? I think this dog is like IDGAF, but the brown dog is definitely judging.

What things to you think when you look at this photo?

Panic Mode: Because, of Course

Remember how with the last half marathon I was all zen (well, zen for me) and I was like “I trust my training” and “it’ll be fine” and then what happened? It sucked. HARD. So I don’t think that it’s too crazy that for this half marathon in November I am FREAKING. OUT.

My training has NOT been where I want it to be. Allergies or sickness or something knocked me on my butt so I haven’t run in over a week! Not to mention the spotty schedule I was keeping up before the hiatus.

Today was the first day that I ran. It was 4.5 miles and it wasn’t easy.

Ugh I am kicking myself right now because I feel like I always sign up for something with good intentions like “This time I’m going to stick to the plan!” and then it always falls apart. Mostly due to my laziness.

Anyway, like with any of the major emotions- grief, anger, guilt- panic has its stages. It just so happens that right now I’m in the “why oh why, I just want to quit and go to bed” stage. I’ll get out of it.

It did feel good to get back into my normal routine of waking up early to workout, even though I was tired and it’s SO DARK out now.

Also my eating has been back on track too (wait, I didn’t mention my recent trips to Chipotle and the Halal food cart?)

I’ve been really trying to prepare myself for winter running. I don’t like running in the dark because I live in the city and it just seems more dangerous when it is dark. I also hate waking up when it is cold outside. I did just order a sweet bright neon running jacket though, so that’s kinda motivating.

CS by City Sports Look Sharp Full Zip Jacket - Women's

I got it from City Sports and it ships for free. It’s listed on sale for $34.97 but I used the coupon code THAYER20 and and got it for $27.98. You know how I do. ;) You should buy one too and then we can be twins.

Panic mode, do you hit it before a race? What are ways you motivate yourself to get going when it’s cold and dark outside?