How To Build The Perfect Soup

Happy Friday, all! We are changing gears this week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express. Pumpkin recipes out, hearty cold-weather holiday food in! All Fall and Winter long, my Dutch ovens stay out and a soup is constantly cooking. This infographic will help you build the perfect soup!

How To Build The Perfect Soup | Infographic

How To:

1. Choose a fat: Grass-fed butter, olive oil, avocado oil.

2. Choose a base (1 or 2): chicken stock, beef stock, vegetable stock, tomato puree, pureed veggies, cream, dairy-free milk.

3. Choose your meat: chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, steak, fish.

4. Choose your veggies: onion, garlic, celery, carrots, peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, spinach, kale, green beans, zucchini, etc.

5. Choose your spices: start with salt and pepper, then go with a flavor combination that works for your soup!

Example: for chili use cumin, chili powder, celery seed, granulated garlic, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.

 

Steps:

Heat your fat with your aromatic veggies (like garlic and onion).

Sauté for 3-5 minutes then add in your meat and cook until brown (remove any meat bones if you have)

Add in additional veggies and let cook for 5-10 minutes, or until fork-tender. Add softer veggies towards the end, like spinach.

Add in your base(s) and then in your spices and mix well to combine.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer.

Add cream if you want a cream soup. Transfer to a high-speed blender if you want a fully pureed soup.

Garnish and enjoy!

*Certain aspects will vary based on the soup you decide to create.

 

Tips:

Choose a meat that complements your base (E.G. chicken with chicken stock).

Consider adding two bases: chicken stock and diced tomatoes, pureed tomatoes and cream, etc.

Use whatever veggies you have on hand, but go in with an end game for the type of soup you want to create!

To avoid over spicing, taste and adjust spices as you go!

 

Try These:

 

Easy Pumpkin Soup

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Meatball Stew

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30-Minute Taco Soup

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What is your favorite type of soup?

How to Build The Ultimate Salad

Spring is HERE, and whether it’s warming up or still cold in your neck of the woods, it gives us hope of warmer days, sun shining, sunglasses, and short sleeves; does it not? Ah man, that sounds good!

What better way to kick of the first days of Spring than with the ultimate salad guide from American Express and me? I’ve been all about my chopped salads lately and now have a method to the madness.

Choose a base: Leafy Greens

Add your favorite Veggies & Fruits

Don’t forget some Healthy Fats

Add your source of Protein

Top it off with some Crunch and Flavorful Additions

Dress the salad and enjoy!

See, you simply need all of these things: A leafy green of course, your protein, veggies, fruit, something crunchy, flavor additions, and of course, a delicious dressing!

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How To Build The Ultimate Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Leafy Greens: 1-2 cups
  2. Kale
  3. Spinach
  4. Mixed Greens
  5. Lettuce
  6. Romaine
  7. Arugula
Fruits and Veggies
  1. Avocado (healthy fats)
  2. Tomato
  3. Red Onion
  4. Caramelized onion
  5. Cucumber
  6. Carrots
  7. Green Onion
  8. Grilled Eggplant
  9. Peppers
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Broccoli
  12. Beets
  13. Roasted Red Peppers
  14. Artichokes
  15. Sweet Potatoes
  16. Butternut Squash
  17. Apples
  18. Pear
  19. Strawberries
  20. Blueberries
  21. Oranges
  22. Pineapple
  23. Grapes
Flavor Add-Ons & Crunchy Additions
  1. Raisins
  2. Dried Cranberries
  3. Bacon
  4. Raw Nuts (healthy fats)
  5. Candied Nuts (healthy fats)
  6. Seeds (healthy fats)
  7. Tortilla Chips
  8. Cheese
  9. Beans: chickpeas, black beans, edemame
Proteins
  1. Steak
  2. Shrimp
  3. Wild Salmon
  4. Organic Chicken
  5. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Dressing
  1. Oil (olive, avocado, walnut) & Vinegar (Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar)
  2. Salsa
  3. Ginger Dressing
  4. Lemon Vinaigrette
  5. Strawberry Dressing
Instructions
  1. Choose a base
  2. Add your favorite veggies & fruits
  3. Don't forget some healthy fats
  4. Add your source of protein
  5. Top it off with some crunch and flavorful additions
  6. Dress the salad and enjoy!
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How To Build The Ultimate Salad

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Ingredients

  • Leafy Greens: 1-2 cups
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Mixed Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Romaine
  • Arugula

Fruits and Veggies

  • Avocado (healthy fats)
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Caramelized onion
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Green Onion
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Artichokes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Apples
  • Pear
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes

Flavor Add-Ons & Crunchy Additions

  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Bacon
  • Raw Nuts (healthy fats)
  • Candied Nuts (healthy fats)
  • Seeds (healthy fats)
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Cheese
  • Beans: chickpeas, black beans, edemame

Proteins

  • Steak
  • Shrimp
  • Wild Salmon
  • Organic Chicken
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs

Dressing

  • Oil (olive, avocado, walnut) & Vinegar (Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Salsa
  • Ginger Dressing
  • Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Strawberry Dressing

Directions

  • Choose a base
  • Add your favorite veggies & fruits
  • Don't forget some healthy fats
  • Add your source of protein
  • Top it off with some crunch and flavorful additions
  • Dress the salad and enjoy!
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    Easy Stir-Fry & Spicy Noodle Soup

    For the past number of months American Express and Whole Foods Market have teamed up to bring you additional cash back when you use your American Express Blue Cash card at any WFM location!

    I have joined in and have brought you two ways to use one ingredient to go along with the program! In the archives you will find: Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, and Ham.

    This month we have an ingredient that I cannot wait to start using more! Watercress! I am bringing you two delicious ways to use the fresh herb. In my go-to One-Pan Chicken Stir-Fry and in my Spicy Noodle Soup!
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    First, the soup! Loaded with veggies, spiralized zucchini for the noodles, chicken, and flavors such as mint, watercress, cilantro, sriracha, and ginger.

    A whole ‘lotta YUM!Spicy Noodle SoupSpicy Noodle Soup

    Spicy Noodle Soup
    Serves 4
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    30 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    30 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    Ingredients
    1. 4 cups Chicken or Beef Broth, homemade or store-bought
    2. 1/2 lb. Beef or Chicken, cut into cubes
    3. 1 tbsp oil
    4. 3 garlic cloves, crushed
    5. 1 bunch boy choy
    6. 1 onion, sliced
    7. 2-3 carrots, diced
    8. 2-3 cups zucchini noodles (1 large, or 2 medium zucchinis)
    9. 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
    10. 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
    11. 1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
    12. 1/4 cup watercress, finely chopped
    13. 1 tsp-1tbsp sriracha, based on desired level of spice (can omit)
    14. Pink salt, to taste
    15. Pepper, to taste
    16. Optional: Red pepper flakes, to taste
    17. Garnish with 2 tbsp scallions, chopped
    Instructions
    1. In a large pot heat oil and garlic
    2. Add in onions and carrots and cook for 4-7 minutes until onions are soft
    3. Add in chicken and let cook until no longer pink
    4. Add in bok choy and saute for 2 minutes
    5. Add in chicken stock, ginger, cilantro, mint, watercress, and spices
    6. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes
    7. Taste and adjust spices
    8. With 5 minutes remaining drop in spiralized zucchini
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    Spicy Noodle Soup

    Now, the stir-fry!

    My easy stir-fry is our go-to dinner any night of the week. Have  a ton of veggies? Shrimp? Chicken? Or Beef? One-pan and you are good to go! Hearty, flavorful dinner on the table in under 30. Sign me up!

    Paleo Chicken Stir Fry

    One-Pan Chicken Stir-Fry
    Serves 4
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    Prep Time
    8 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    28 min
    Prep Time
    8 min
    Cook Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    28 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 lb. organic chicken
    2. Veggies of choice-
    3. 2 carrots, chopped
    4. 1 onion, sliced
    5. 1 handful bok choy
    6. 1 cup sprouts
    7. 1 cup broccoli florets
    8. 1 zucchini
    9. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    10. 1/3 cup watercress, chopped
    11. 2 tbsp scallions for garnish
    Sauce
    1. 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
    2. 1/4 cup Fish Sauce or Coconut Aminos teriyaki sauce
    3. 2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
    4. 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
    5. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    6. Optional: 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    Instructions
    1. In a pan heat oil and garlic
    2. Add in veggies (excluding bok choy or spinach)
    3. Let saute for 6-8 minutes
    4. Add in chicken or meat of choice and cook until no longer pink
    5. Add in spinach or bok choy
    6. In a bowl combine sauce ingredients
    7. Pour into pan and mix well
    8. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or so
    9. Taste and adjust spices as desired
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    Paleo Chicken Stir FryPaleo Chicken Stir Fry

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    Spicy Noodle Soup

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:40

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups Chicken or Beef Broth, homemade or store-bought
    • 1/2 lb. Beef or Chicken, cut into cubes
    • 1 tbsp oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 bunch boy choy
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 2-3 carrots, diced
    • 2-3 cups zucchini noodles (1 large, or 2 medium zucchinis)
    • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
    • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup watercress, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp-1tbsp sriracha, based on desired level of spice (can omit)
    • Pink salt, to taste
    • Pepper, to taste
    • Optional: Red pepper flakes, to taste
    • Garnish with 2 tbsp scallions, chopped

    Directions

  • In a large pot heat oil and garlic
  • Add in onions and carrots and cook for 4-7 minutes until onions are soft
  • Add in chicken and let cook until no longer pink
  • Add in bok choy and saute for 2 minutes
  • Add in chicken stock, ginger, cilantro, mint, watercress, and spices
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes
  • Taste and adjust spices
  • With 5 minutes remaining drop in spiralized zucchini
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