Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The weather has been frigid and dreary which means I don’t want to do anything except wear flannel pajamas, eat cheesy foods, and watch Rom-coms. Despite this,  I am determined to not let the annual “winter coat” back on (or, better known as the reason I have 8 pairs of jeans in varying sizes).  I love to make soup, especially the good and hearty type.  This soup accomplishes that perfectly and, as a bonus, is thickened with cannelloni beans making this a low-fat, high fiber version!

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Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Serves: 2 (+4 lunches!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled and minced
  • 3 cups of chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup 1% Milk, optional, and recommended 🙂
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Heat a soup pot on medium and add the olive oil and onions. Sauté for 2 minutes until they turn clear.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. (If it starts to become dry, add a tablespoon or 2 of water.)
  3. Add the stock and water to the pot.  Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.  (This is important as all of the flavors from the onion and garlic season the stock).
  4. Add the cannelloni beans and blend everything together using an immersion blender. This will create a nice puree of your aromatics and beans.
  5. Add the carrots and broccoli to the pot with the puree and allow the soup to simmer for another 5-8 minutes, until the carrots and broccoli are soft.
  6. Blend the soup again until it is almost entirely pureed.  Leaving some whole pieces of broccoli works well.
  7. Add the cheddar cheese (and milk, if desired), stir until melted,  and season to taste! Serve with extra cheddar.

 

*You can also use a regular blender, obviously!   When blending in step 5, leave about 2 cups of the soup in the pot and puree the rest.

*If freezing, do not add milk to the soup.  You can add milk when re-heating at a later point.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

It’s the season of red Starbucks cups and butternut squash!  Butternut squash is one of those super delicious foods, but sometimes it’s really annoying to peel… and why the heck does it have to be so heavy?!  If you can find the peeled and diced packaged versions, go crazy!  For the rest of you, invest in a good peeler and sharp chef’s knife.  This soup made a ton but it just get’s better as the flavors meld together over a couple of days. This is a great winter comfort dish without all the extra kcals, so enjoy!

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Serves: 2 (+4 lunches- wahoo!)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 32 oz Vegetable stock
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a soup pot on medium and add the olive oil
  2. Add the onions and garlic, saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, butternut squash, oregano, and lemon. Stir frequently for 1 minute.
  4. Add the vegetable stock and allow the soup to come to a boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the squash is soft when pierced with a fork. If the liquid evaporates too much, add an additional cup of water.
  5. Use an immersion blender and blend the soup until the desired consistency is reached.  I did mine about 3/4 of the way, meaning there were still some pieces of butternut squash left in it.  You can obviously blend it all the way too… and in a blender if you want!
  6. Lastly, add the beans, kale, milk, and dill. Stir for 2-3 minutes until kale becomes soft and wilted, then serve!
Giant pot of soup. My pot, by the way, is from World Market... and it's amazing ($13). It's made of enamel (think camping bowls/mugs etc.). Super easy to clean and store and its so pretty.

Giant pot of soup. My pot, by the way, is from World Market… and it’s amazing ($13). It’s made of enamel (think camping bowls/mugs etc.). Super easy to clean and store and its so pretty.

Avocado Farro Salad

If any of you are also experiencing this heat in not only a tiny apartment, but also with a poorly performing air conditioner unit,  you’ll understand my desire to eliminate all other sources of heat!   I’ve been avoiding my oven and using the stove only when I have to.  Grain based salads are great because not only are they easy to make, but they have a substantial amount of protein in them and make it an easy way to get in lots of veggies during the day.  If you don’t like Farro (or have the patience for it to cook – I barely do), try quinoa, brown rice, or barley too.

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Avocado Farro Salad

Serves 2 with leftovers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Farro, dry
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons tarragon, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (flavored olive oil is even better!)
  • Avocado for serving
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook the faro according to package directions. It usually runs 1 cup faro: 1.5 cups water. Plan ahead because this will take about an hour to cook.

2. While the faro cooks, prepare the remaining ingredients. Add the beans, feta, tarragon, peppers, parsley, and olive oil to a bowl. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Once the faro is cooked, add to the bowl with all of the ingredients. Mix well and serve.

* This is also great served cold the next day for lunch with salad or chicken etc.

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Cilantro Gazpacho: A Refreshing Summer Soup

If you follow us on Instagram, might have saw some shots from my amazing NorCal trip! We started south of San Francisco where my cousin graduated from high school and spent time with my entire family going to dinner, riding Google bikes and just having fun catching up. From there, we drove up to Lake Tahoe for TJ’s friend’s wedding and to stay with our good friends Mike & Heather (we have nine weddings this year, incase I haven’t told you this already). The Sierra Nevada mountains were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. WAY bigger than the mountains we have in South Carolina, and even more breath taking than the Adirondack’s where I grew up. Finally, we came back to San Fran to spend time being tourists and visited a fun speak easy, had dim sum and visited the Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown and took a day trip to Napa/Sonoma. The people there are so friendly and laid back, and the weather was 70s with next to no humidity (as I write this it is 97 degrees and 90% humidity).

Castle Rock in Lake Tahoe

Castle Rock in Lake Tahoe

On Saturday we were invited for dinner at my old roommate Nicole’s downtown condo, and I was asked to bring an appetizer. I thought what better than a fun and fresh summer soup?!

Gazpacho can be thought of as a “salsa soup.” It’s perfect for summer, as it’s meant to be served cold and literally takes 5 minutes to prepare. The next time you are invited to a summer dinner party and would like to a bring a healthy dish, but some more fun than a veggie platter, try this recipe! It can be served in small bowls, or for a cocktail party try shot glasses instead.

Summer Cilantro Gazpacho from The Healthy Bachelorette

Cilantro Gazpacho Soup

Yield: 4 – 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 cucumber, cut into chunks (skin on)
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeds removed, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the chopped tomatoes, cucumber, poblano pepper, yellow onion, cilantro, water, olive oil, sherry, chopped garlic and black pepper into a food processor. Pulse until soup is chopped, but not pureed.
  2. Serve in bowls with optional hot sauce or as smaller “shooters.”

 

 

The Lunch Crock Review & 6 Healthy Soup Recipes

Healthy Bachelorette Soups! As much as we would like to say that winter snow/rain is over, the Northeast is currently getting hit with another snowstorm 😦 Lucky for you, The Healthy Bachelorette has some amazing soup recipes to warm you up until spring arrives! 6 Healthy Soup Recipes

Our soup recipes this winter have really been amazing. If this fall was called “Pumpkin Spice Series” then this winter was definitely “Winter Soup Series.” Bring a healthy and hearty soup this week for lunch in this amazing new product we found called the Crock-Pot “Lunch Crock!” The lunch crock is the perfect size for leftover soup, and prevents you from waiting in the awkward microwave line at work. After dinner, simply pack your leftover soup in the metal container, top it with the plastic top and store in the fridge. In the morning, take your soup out of the fridge and put it into this nice easy to carry crock. Simply plug it in when you get to work and when you are ready to eat your lunch, your lunch will be all warm and ready for you. It’s easy, just unplug, and eat!

http://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCCPLC200-PK-20-Ounce-Lunch-Warmer/dp/B006H5V7ZY

Healthy Bachelorette Kitchen: Lunch Crock

The Healthy Bachelorette Kale and Red Potato Soup brought to work in a Lunch Crock. Perfect lunch on a rainy day 🙂

Do you have a Lunch Crock or are you thinking about getting one?

Parmesan Herb Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup, as you can probably tell by this point, is a definite staple in my diet.  Especially since this has been a record breaking winter up in Boston, at about 100 inches of snow so far, I need vats of this stuff on hand. As Jimmy Fallon would say, EW.   Soup can be utterly dull and boring which is what I try to avoid at all costs by adding tons of herbs, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.  I also poach the entire chicken breast in the soup which adds a nice chicken-y flavor without all the work of dealing with bones etc.  Hope you enjoy!

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Parmesan Herb Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 7 carrots, diced
  • 1 tbsp herbes de provence
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 – 1.5 lbs chicken breast
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup whole wheat pasta noodles
  • 1 cup fresh chopped parsely
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Place a pot on medium heat.  Add olive oil, garlic, and red onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes, stiring frequently.  Add carrots and herbs de provence, stir frequently and allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

2. Add the lemon juice, whole chicken breast, pepper, broth, and water.  Simmer for about 20 minutes or until chicken breast is cooked through completely.

3. Once chicken is cooked, remove from the pot and place in a large bowl.  Using two forks, shred the chicken into bite size pieces.  You can also dice the chicken if you prefer.  Once finished, place chicken pieces back into the pot.

4. Add pasta noodles and allow to cook for another 10 minutes until they are cooked through.

5. Lastly, add the parsley, dill, and parmesan cheese.  Serve with sliced lemon.

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Egg Drop Soup & The Year of the Sheep

Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Hey Fat Choy!

I recently came across this Huffington Post article called “23 Food Things Only Chinese-American Kids Would Understand” and it hits the nail on the head. So here we go with my Chinese New Year #tbt:

  • My Irish friends calling cha siu bao’s “Chinese doughnuts”
  • Dim sum is amazing (and you SO can’t get this in South Carolina)
  • Crazy fish tanks
  • Lazy Susans!! (my brother actually got me one of these)
  • My brother’s reaction to being served a whole fish – eyes and all
  • Sweet and sour everything
  • Bok choy is one of my favorite vegetables
  • Orange slices at the end of dinner (and my brother putting them in his mouth and smiling)
  • The last time I was in China Town in NYC I totally got me some oyster sauce to take home!

A few summers ago I had the chance to take Meaghan to China Town for some awesome dim sum and she was quite daring, eating  even the chicken feet!!

Dim Sum in NYC

Living in South Carolina, there is not a very large Asian population, and I crave all of the amazing food we had at Ocean Palace in Albany, NY. We pretty much only have Chinese take out, and it’s not even the good kind. So, I decided to start making my own! Here is my recipe for a classic egg drop soup. I prefer to have corn in mine as well, as it adds some sweetness and texture to the soup. It’s super easy to make, and just like take out, is amazing the next day.
Egg Drop Soup: The Healthy Bachelorette
Egg Drop Soup with Sweet Corn
Yield: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup frozen yellow corn
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 green onion, chopped for garnish
  • Black pepper pepper to taste
Directions
1.  In a large pot on high heat, bring the low sodium chicken stock, soy sauce, ginger and frozen corn to a boil.
2.  In a small dish, combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of chicken stock.  Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.
3.  Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the soup while constantly stirring.  Continue to stir until thickened.
4.  Reduce heat to a low simmer.
5.  Add the beaten eggs slowly while stirring the soup in the same direction.  Egg will spread and feather.
6.  Turn off heat and season with white pepper to taste (be careful, it is spicy!)
7.  Serve a 1 cup serving in each bowl and garnish with green onion.  Enjoy!
Nutrition for 1 serving: 90 Calories, 2.5g Total fat, 0.7g Saturated fat, 180mg Sodium, 11g Total Carbohydrate, 1.2g Fiber, 6g Protein
Check out these awesome herb scissors that my boyfriend got me for Christmas! Perfect for pesky garnishes like green onion.

The Healthy Bachelorette Tools: Herb Scissors

Happy Year of the Sheep! May it be a prosperous one 🙂