Nana’s Chicken Pot Pie

If you google chicken pot pie, you’ll get recipes for an actual chicken pie, with a top and bottom crust. But the Pennsylvania Dutch version of chicken pot pie is more of a chicken stew with square pieces of dough added to the broth (a chicken pie in a pot). This recipe is from my…

Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup

I’ve been cooking a lot of soups lately. They’re easy, you get several meals from one recipe, and you have only one pot to clean.  This soup reminds me of a lemon orzo soup my Greek grandfather used to make many many years ago. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the ingredient list, the…

Soups On!

Check out these hearty and healthy soup recipes on the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics blog. I’m excited to have my Football Tailgate Beef Stew highlighted in the article. You’ll love the other delicious soups like Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup and French Onion and Barley Soup from my fellow dietitians! Note: Featured image is…

A Round-up of My Favorite Warm Winter Soups

As we move into the cold months of January and February, I plan to hibernate with a bowl of my favorite soup. Winter is the perfect time to cook up big batches of nourishing, homemade soup. Soup is so easy to make. You can follow a recipe and make your own broth but for a…

Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

I published this recipe last year but it’s so good, I wanted to give it another shout out! This is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a soft, warm blanket.

Football Tailgate Beef Stew

Fall + football = hearty beef stew. This recipe feeds 8-10 people so it’s perfect for a tailgate or for serving those fans that gather in your family room. I love it because although it’s hearty, it’s made with lean beef, lots of veggies and simple seasonings. Plan to start this early because it will…

Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Homemade Chicken Soup (hibernating recipes)

What’s not to love about chicken soup? Homemade chicken soup that is, not out of a can. It’s light, satisfying, heart warming and a remedy for colds and flu. If you’re home over the weekend, think about making homemade soup. It’s so simple. Gather the ingredients for the broth. I used a whole chicken, carrots,…

Around the World with Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices magically transform a dish. They add rich flavors, aroma and color. Best of all, they add health-protective antioxidants to your meals. Almost any meal can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices, and it’s time to start experimenting! Flavors From Around the World: Use these different herb and spice combinations to achieve flavors…

Homemade Vegetable Broth with a Nutrient Punch

Making homemade both is surprising very easy. You just a need a little bit of time to be home while it cooks. You can use fresh vegetables, scraps of vegetables or a combination of both. When comparing canned or boxed vegetable broth to homemade, well, there is no comparison. Homemade broth is far superior. It…

Carrot Soup with Orange and Ginger

Cold rain is falling so it’s time to make soup. This fast and easy, ginger spiced soup is warm and comforting. Combining carrots and citrus with fragrant ginger, onions and garlic keeps the sodium content low without sacrificing flavor. The beautiful color comes from beta-carotene rich carrots, vitamin C from orange juice and gingerol from…

Hearty and Healthy Vegetable Soup

I’ve been posting several soups and stews because I find myself cooking these warm, one-pot dishes this time of the year. They are are easy, nutrient-packed, and just what you want on a  cold winter day. Don’t be discouraged by the lengthy list of ingredients. When I make vegetable soup, I like to throw in…