winter soups

[Here are two winter soup recipes to keep you warm! Potato soup and Turkey, Kale, Rice Soup!]

The second the temperature hits about 50 degrees every fall, I start making stew and soup. The second it hits about 50 degrees in the spring I revert back to salads and anything else that might entice the weather to keep going up.

turkey kale rice soup recipe for winter cold months gluten free dairy free

But while it is still the dead of the winter, and many of you were curious about my soup recipes, I am going to leave with you my favorite two. I like these two soups because they don’t take TOO long to make and can be made with healthy ingredients and, if you so desire, gluten and dairy free ingredients. I don’t taste a difference.

I did not make these recipes up and want to give credit where credit is due, but the potato soup recipe is from my mom from an old school recipe book and all I have is a photo of it on my phone. So can we just call it “My Mother’s Best Creamy Potato Soup”? Isn’t that how all the best recipes happen? As for the Turkey, Kale and Rice Soup, it is from Yellow Bliss Road and was a Pinterest find.

 

(My Mother’s Best) Creamy Potato Soup

chunky hearty potato soup for winter cold months gluten free dairy free gluten free dairy free

Ingredients
6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 carrots, diced
6 celery stalks, diced
2 quarts of water*
1 onion, chopped
6 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil to make dairy free)
6 tablespoons flour (we use gluten free flour from Trader Joe’s)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups milk (or unsweetened almond milk to make dairy free)
optional: cooked bacon pieces

  1. In a large pot, cook the potatoes, carrots and celery in water, until tender (about 20      minutes).
    2. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside.
    3. In the same pot saute onion in butter (or coconut oil) until soft.
    4.Stir in flour, salt, and pepper; gradually add (almond) milk, stirring constantly until thickened.
    5. Gently stir in cooked vegetables.
    6. Add 1 cup** or more of reserved cooking liquid until soup is desired consistency.
    7. Optional: Stir in cooked pieces of bacon.
    8. Serve and enjoy 🙂

*I will be honest: I never measure out two quarts. I just put enough in to basically cover the vegetables and always have plenty.
** I always end up adding in about 2 cups (maybe more).

 Turkey, Kale and Rice Soup (from Yellow Bliss Road)

turkey kale rice soup recipe for winter cold months gluten free dairy free

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil (I use coconut oil)
3 medium carrots, sliced into 1/4 inch round
1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
3 celery stalks, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
1-14 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup cooked white or brown rice
4 cups kale, packed, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
Salt & pepper

  1. In a 5 quart soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring often, for about 8-10 minutes or until vegetables begin to brown and soften.
  2. Add ground turkey, breaking into small chunks. Season with a pinch of kosher salt. Continue to stir frequently until meat is completely cooked; about 5-7 minutes. Drain any fat from the pot.
  3. Add oregano and garlic and stir for about a minute.
  4. Pour in chicken broth, tomatoes and rice. Bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in kale and season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. (I always underestimate the amount of salt and add in a bunch more)
  7. Divide into bowls and serve hot. Garnish individual bowls with parsley and Parmesan, if desired.

xo, bethany rose

 

 

Hadley Rose: month seven

Is it really another months already!? You guys are getting a ton of blog posts this week! Be happy. Next week may not be so prosperous. 😀

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Hadley had a ROUGH month. I feel like I always say this!? I promise she gets better and has awesome days. But over Christmas vacation and traveling it was hard. She started waking up about 8 times a night at the end of it which resulted in some crazy parents and the decision to sleep train (more about this below). I am so happy to say it went well and she is sleeping amazingly well. We’ve even had the kids sleep in the same room again since and it overall went fine. However, we have not figured out how to put them to bed at the same time in the same room. We had to put Emmett down in our room first and then transfer him back.  So Hadley is back to the office. Any tips, anyone!?

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I think she is teething and has been. But no teeth have come through yet, so I am really hoping they do here soon. For her sake and ours.

Some Hadley Stats

weight: I think she is probably still around that 13 lb range

height: Not sure!

diapers: size 2

clothing: She is still rockin’ her 3-6 month clothes. I am probably going to call the doctor for a weight check since her next appointment is not till 9 months. I am started to get a little concerned!

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What Hadley is up to:

  • Sleeping 12 hours a night!!! We sleep trained. I am just being honest. I know some people are super against this and it is not for everyone. But you guys, I was about to lose my sanity. I also think she is a happier baby since we sleep trained because she is sleeping fully through the night with no pacifier inserts.
  • LOVES food. She eyeballs anything and everything people are eating. She has been eating pureed foods and loves everything. Even the banana seems to be OK now.
  • 75% happy and 25% cute baby monster status. This is how I describe her. She can be the happiest, chillest easy going baby and a second later (tired, I accidentally dropped mascara on her, etc.) and she is losing it. She is easily consoled though by being held so baby wearing has been helpful!
  • Loves her toys. She loves playing with her toys or really anything. A spoon has been at the top entertaining level this week. (Probably because she thinks she is getting food.)

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Hadley Photo Dump:

 

 

xo, bethany rose

Brooke + Nick | Hartwood Acres

There is not more you can ask for from a shoot: a beautiful couple and a beautiful location. I loved this shoot because Brooke and Nick gave me full reign with creativity and were just a lovely couple to photograph. There love for each other was evident throughout the session and we were able to catch the glorious golden hour at the mansion which was a bonus. It was really so much fun to do this shoot and I could not have asked for a better couple! ❤ (side note: these were taken in October)

xo, bethany rose