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Soup, It’s What’s For Dinner

Soup, It’s What’s For Dinner

It’s winter, I feel bloated and broke, and my lame New Year’s health kick only lasted as long as the rest of the lazy losers who get inspired for a week starting Jan. 2. So what’s next? Cutting back on those hefty restaurant tabs to start, and experimenting with some at-home dinners… especially ones that are quick n’ easy with a little lasting power… aka soup. Fear not, I’m not some Julie & Julia-type loser and I’m not about to start a cooking blog, but I have done some research (and some chopping and simmering) to identify a few healthy, easy-to-make, tasty options that are worth giving a whirl.

Bon Appetit’s January issue featured a fantastic recipe for Lentil Soup with Spicy Italian Sausage. The sausage give this rich soup (almost a stew) a subtle kick. I upped the spice-factor with the addition of some Herbe Picante.

The Boston Globe did a piece recently on local options for good chicken soups, including one solid standby recipe. However, if you’re as bad about following recipes as me, there’s an even easier solution. Get a rotisserie chicken at your local market and eat some of it. What’s left, dump in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes then turn off the heat, cover, and leave it all day. When you get home you’ll have a great stock/broth and the meat will have fallen from the bones. Get the bones out, chop up a bunch of veggies (i.e. celery, onions and carrots), season and simmer – add some pasta, orzo or other rice-y thing to it if you want towards the end…there’s your soup!

We’ll finish with chilis. I default to Epicurious most often — here’s their most recent round-up: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/howtocook/dishes/chili. I’ve tried the Chicken and White Bean (scrapped the cilantro though) and they also have a tasty Black Bean Vegetarian option.

I’m stopping there — the grocery list of shit you can throw in a pot and stir together to make soups is endless, so I’m sure you can figure some others out for yourself. Bon Appetit!

Posted by Sam