I'm in the mood for soup!

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2011-01-13 20:50:32 -0600
Started 2011-01-10 14:33:48 -0600

With snow on the ground, I think of meals like soup, chili or hearty stews. I think I'll be getting out the slow cooker and making some chicken stew this weekend. How about you, what's your favorite food during the cold months?

50 replies

PetiePal 2011-01-13 10:13:19 -0600 Report

I put together a huge list of soups a year or two ago, just general recipes and crockpot ones. They are all yummy but my favorite is def homemade italian chicken soup.

CaliKo 2011-01-13 12:10:20 -0600 Report

What is the difference between regular chicken soup and Italian? Spices, or something more?

BandonBob 2011-01-12 09:14:37 -0600 Report

French onion for me!

CaliKo 2011-01-12 09:19:38 -0600 Report

Oh, that was my first favorite soup when my high school boyfriend used to take me to the steak house on dates. They had an excellent French Onion soup! I need to make this, but maybe with a small piece of whole wheat bread instead of french bread. Thanks for the memory!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-12 17:03:46 -0600 Report

I love French Onion soup. But the funny thing is I nevered cared for the bread and cheese part. I always order it w/o that stuff.

CaliKo 2011-01-12 17:08:17 -0600 Report

That certainly makes it easier on the meal plan. Unfortunately, I love the bread and melted cheese, but I can certainly make the amount of topping much smaller.

jayabee52 2011-01-12 10:43:02 -0600 Report

I loved French onion soup, but it didn't like me. I had to live with myself when I would get "backfires" (silent but deadly) after eating that soup. I learned to have it only very occasionally.

Pamiekae 2011-01-12 09:13:05 -0600 Report

This week has been extremely cold here and ground is covered in snow with it still flurrying off and on the past couple of days so we have pulled out all of our favorite winter recipes. Homemade Chicken soup (Noodles added after I pull some out for myself into separate pot) Beef/Vegetable stew, Chili and of course from my southern roots Beans with hamhock with over cornbread!

CaliKo 2011-01-12 09:18:00 -0600 Report

Sounds wonderful!

Pamiekae 2011-01-12 09:25:33 -0600 Report

Ohh forgot Potato soup with cornbread! Can't have a cold spell without at least one pot of that!

Pamiekae 2011-01-12 19:43:28 -0600 Report

You got that right! Then have cornbread and milk with any leftover cornbread for breakfast! Yummmmmm!

MAYS 2011-01-12 08:29:25 -0600 Report

I enjoy soups also, especially home made soups and stews!

CaliKo 2011-01-12 09:08:18 -0600 Report

So do I, I'm going out to lunch today for a friend's birthday, and its a restaurant that always has a good soup of the day. Can't wait!

Argarcia9206 2011-01-11 15:11:39 -0600 Report

Personally I like my cultural foods when it comes to soups. Caldo de Pollo and Caldo de Res. Also Sopa de Mariscos or Camarón y Sopa de Maíz is absolutely wonderful in the winter months. Although the last can be very high in carbs because of the corn.

CaliKo 2011-01-11 15:29:13 -0600 Report

I always forget about seafood soups, such a nice variety of hearty soups you list. Thanks for your reply.

GabbyPA 2011-01-11 10:49:44 -0600 Report

I made a nice pot of stew last night. Noodles on the side for the family, mine was straight. LOL It was yummy and now with a new cold front coming through I have a whole chicken thawing to make some soups out of the roast chicken. I love soups. I have made some yummy seafood chowder and vegetable soups already this season.

CaliKo 2011-01-11 10:56:09 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, I just download 42 slow cooker recipes from my newsletter that comes with my subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Diabetic Living. Can I recommend a magazine in the book club section? More than enough soup and stew recipes to last me through the cold months. I'm not sure I need 42 recipes, though, it seems like once you have the basics down you can add or subtract with whatever you have on hand. One thing I try to do is to use every bit of the food I buy, soups and stews are great for making this happen.

GabbyPA 2011-01-11 10:59:53 -0600 Report

Sure, I don't see why not. You might not get a picture to go with it, but you can upload your own (I think??)

Yes, I have the "Everything but the sink" soups from time to time myself. They are always different and usually yummy. LOL

squog master
squog master 2011-01-10 21:22:39 -0600 Report

I'm a soup person. I freeze my pumpkin in the fall so I have it for soup in the winter. My favorite is chicken soup. Sometimes I'll make tomato soup starting with low sodium tomato juice as a base & then add spices, meats, or a little pasta. I'll be making some soup during the snow storm coming my way Tues/Wed. And some whole wheat bread or rolls. I like to do that when it snows.

jayabee52 2011-01-11 10:50:15 -0600 Report

I love a nice vegetable soup. I eat it when I'm not very hungry but in a restuiraunt with a friend. It is not too hard on my BG#s ( if I stay away from the bread & crackers) and is relatively inexspensive.

I also love it homemade. I usually put it in the crock pot and let it simmer nearly all day.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-11 18:14:15 -0600 Report

I have done the soup in my crock pot, especially if it's going to be a busy day. I have to invest in a larger one though. Right now I have a 1-2 serving size. I like to make a big pot a freeze some.

jayabee52 2011-01-11 18:18:58 -0600 Report

To be sure. I've got an 8 qt. Plenty for a household of 1. Of course, I gotta build up my store of broths Veggies, & spices as I gave most of my food away tio a food bank before I moved 500 miles. But I am living with my son now, so I can wait till I get my own apartment.

CaliKo 2011-01-11 09:03:45 -0600 Report

Okay, you're making me hungry! Fortunately its time for my morning blueberries and yogurt, but I can't wait to get to the weekend and have some time to make some pumpkin soup. Tomato soup sounds good, too, somewhere I have a recipe for a combination tomato and red bell pepper soup. Stay warm!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-11 18:26:54 -0600 Report

Tomato & red bell pepper sounds good. I just bought some peppers today. I'm gearing up for my "Christmas Brunch " this weekend. It was placed on hold due to the snow storm on 12/26. I'm sooo glad this storm is now instead of this weekend. We got approx 10" on 12/26. I live in NJ near Philly. My family lives out near Harrisburg. They got zip. "Not a flake," to quote my brother. I think they were disappointed. I usually get hammered when the storm comes up the coast.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-12 16:59:35 -0600 Report

Survived the storm. Staying warm. didn't even clean the car off today. We got about 7". This storm combined with one from the west so wasn't a nor'easter for me. But by the time it hits NY & Boston it might be. It also passed through pretty fast otherwise we would have had more. I really love snow. I guess it's from being born in Feb. I missed being able to enjoy all the snow last year 'cause I was stuck in a rehab center after hernia surgery.

re1ndeer 2011-01-10 18:56:38 -0600 Report

I love chili, on a cold night, it just seems to warm you up.

jayabee52 2011-01-11 10:44:39 -0600 Report

I love cornbread with the chili, but it spikes me so I only have it every once in a while (like at Marie Callendars).

CaliKo 2011-01-11 10:50:23 -0600 Report

I haven't tested with cornbread yet, I might just have to try a small piece the next time I make chili. It's the same flavor as the fritos without the fried greasiness. Thanks for the idea.

CaliKo 2011-01-11 09:04:53 -0600 Report

Me too. I miss those old fritos to go with, but now I have a whole wheat tortilla instead.

oncountydavid 2011-01-10 15:21:24 -0600 Report

Anything that is hot and comforting is great with me.

CaliKo 2011-01-10 15:24:06 -0600 Report

Me too. I think I'll try to find a Thai restaurant and have one of their spicy soups with greens in it sometime this week.