Loaded Potato Soup

 

Look at me! Blogging two days in a row!!

This one will be a short one, I don’t have any pictures of the preperation of this soup, but it’s so easy it would almost be an insult to instruct you through it.

It’s great. I mean, look at it, creaminess, cheesyness, green onion, bacon.. All that yummyness in one bowl- can’t go wrong. And not to mention, it’s super easy to whip together. OH and one more thing- it’s made with 1% milk, so you won’t feel too guilty going for the second bowl you can’t resist 😉

 

Loaded Potato Soup

Prep Time: 25 mins | Cook Time: — | Servings: Yield: 4 servings | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 4 (6-ounce) red potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bacon slices, halved
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 teaspoons thinly sliced green onions

Directions:

1. Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.

2. While potatoes cook, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in measuring cup; add to pan then add the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often, being careful to not let the milk boil over. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.

3. Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.

4. Scoop potato into soup and discard potato skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup using a potato masher. Ladle soup into four bowls and top with cheese, green onions, and bacon.

Source: http://www.handletheheat.com/2010/10/lightened-loaded-potato-soup.html

 

One thing to keep in mind: Make sure you let the potatoes cool down before you scoop them into the soup. I didn’t, and it hurt a lot (imagine burning hot potato mash all over your hands).

 

Enjoy!

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Slowcooker BBQ Ribs & Hashbrowns

I don’t make ribs often, they are pretty expensive for a student/poor person budget… but when I do, They HAVE to be Slowcooker BBQ Ribs! It is the most simple recipe I have ever made (easier than KD), and are SO so SO, fall off the bone, delicious. I can be stuffed to the point of exploding but I will finish every little bit of these ribs, no question.

So, how do you make these heavenly ribs?

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 6 hrs | Servings: 2 servings | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Sweet Onion, sliced
  • 6 country-style pork ribs or beef short ribs
  • 2 (10ounce) bottles of barbeque sauce

Directions:

1. Lay the onion slices on the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the ribs on top of the onions. Pour the bottles of bbq sauce on top of the ribs and onions.

2. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours or more. The longer you cook them, the more tender and falling apart they will be.
Source: The Healthy College Cookbook

Them ribs is (improper English on purpose) sooo yummy, however, the ribs aren’t the only good thing about this meal. I loved each and every part of this meal… In fact, having to think about this meal makes me want to make it RIGHT NOW! But, I have something new and exciting planned for tonight. Feta and Bacon stuffed Chicken with a Watermelon Feta salad… oh yeah baby.

 

But, with the AMAZING ribs, I made Hashbrowns and Glazed carrots… The Hashbrowns were super easy and yummy, and the carrots were just as easy and gace the meal just a little bit of sweetness.

Hash Browns

Prep Time: 8 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Servings: 4 servings | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped

Directions:

1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add the potatoes; cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well.

2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat. Add the potatoes and onion, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat to high, and saute until the potatoes are browned to your satisfaction.
Source: Healthy College Cookbook

Glazed Carrots

Prep Time: 0 min | Cook Time: 8 mins | Servings: 4 servings | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp butter
  • Nutmeg

Directions:

1. Bring the water to a oil in a saucepan. Add the carrots, return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain.

2. Add the honey and butter to the hot saucepan, and stir until they are melted together. Add the carrots and gently toss. Sprinkle with nutmeg to taste.
Source: Healthy College Cookbook

 

Make this meal. ASAP. When you are making your mealplan and grocery list for the week, make sure these three dishes are on there, especially with it getting colder out (or is that just Northern Ontario??)

Now that I’m back at school for the year (Third year of University… Almost finished… almost!!), this meal will be FANTASTIC for those days where both Chris and I leave the ouse first thing in the morning and don’t get home until dinnertime and are STARVING. So, anyone in a similar situation, you’re welcome.

Enjoy 🙂

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce & Microwave Smashed Potatoes

My favorite pop in the entire world is Dr. Pepper. Actually, I hate pop unless it is Dr. Pepper. So, when I stumbled upon a recipe for Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce, I HAD to make it and as soon as possible.

And so, it happened, and it happened within 48 hours of me finding the recipe.

 

But, in the end it didn’t meet my extremely high expectations. This is mostly my fault because I imagined heaven in a sauce. It was good, but not great.

The BBQ sauce was extremely tangy!

I think it would have been better with Chicken, it tastes like a chicken sauce not a pork sauce, but I had defrosted Pork so that is what we had it with.

 

 

Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 1 hr 35 mins | Servings: Makes 2-3 cups | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Dr. Pepper
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes, about 15 ounces
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

1 Heat the vegetable oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.

2 When the onions are just beginning to brown, add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Simmer for 30 minutes.

3 Pour the sauce into a blender or food processor and purée it until it is smooth. (Note that if you are using a blender, either work in batches, filling the blender no more than a third of the way at a time with the hot sauce, or slowly add the sauce while the blender is running on low speed.)

4 Put the sauce into a saucepan, bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 1-2 hours.

The sauce will store for several weeks in the fridge.
Source: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/dr_pepper_barbecue_sauce/

 


What we had with the Dr. Pepper Pork Chops was ‘Microwave Smashed Potatoes’ which were So so SO easy to make, and tasted as though I had slaved over the oven to make the real deal. They look like normal potatoes, I pressed them into a bowl and served them in neat little piles because I think they look fancier that way 🙂

 

 

 

Microwave Smashed Potatoes

Prep Time: — | Cook Time: 20 MINUTES | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 4 (6-ounce) baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Place potato pieces in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; cut a 1-inch slit in center of plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 10 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes. Add sour cream and remaining ingredients to bowl; mash with a potato masher.

 

SOUTHWEST VARIATION: Omit sour cream and chives; decrease milk to 2 tablespoons and salt to 1/4 teaspoon. Add 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt; 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce; and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup). CALORIES 206; FAT 1g (sat 0.6g); SODIUM 236mg

 

ROASTED GARLIC VARIATION: Note: You can find roasted garlic cloves at the salad bar in many grocery stores. Omit sour cream and chives; increase milk to 3/4 cup. Add 1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup). CALORIES 223; FAT 2.9g (sat 0.7g); SODIUM 329mg

 

BACON AND CHEDDAR VARIATION: Decrease salt to 1/4 teaspoon. Add 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese and 1 slice center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup). CALORIES 254 (0% from fat); FAT 6.1g (sat 3.7g); SODIUM 280mg

Nutritional Info:

Amount per serving Calories: 225 Fat: 4.1g Saturated fat: 2.5g Monounsaturated fat: 1.1g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g Protein: 5.6g Carbohydrate: 42.6g Fiber: 2.8g Cholesterol: 13mg Iron: 0.8mg Sodium: 333mg Calcium: 78mg

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/microwave-smashed-potatoes-50400000112982/
That night Chris and I had the Bacon & Cheddar Variation, but I have since then made the normal ones using only 1 potato as a lunch with some left-over gravy and it was great! (Not a very healthy lunch, but yummy!)

Overall, the Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce was great to try but next time I will be making changes to it just using this recipe as a guide line, and the potatoes were super easy and yummy- an easy and quick side for a busy day =D