“Potato Soup” is What’s for Dinner

One of the first websites I started following when we started on our journey was 100 Days of Real Food. I loved finding out something new about an ingredient or a product and then going over to the 100 days site to see what information they might have on it. Or if they have “unjunked” a recipe that I wanted to try to make from scratch.  When they came out with a cookbook late last year I was so excited, especially to hear that it contained a lot of recipes that were not on the website. One of our favorite recipes from that cookbook is the Slow Cooker Potato Soup.  It is not only an incredibly easy meal to make, but the flavors from the simple ingredients are really out of this world.

With soccer practice on Wednesday evening’s it is so nice to make something in the slow cooker so dinner is ready when we get home.  So on Tuesday night I peeled and cut the potatoes for the next morning.  Wednesday morning before work, I put the potatoes, onion and chicken broth in the slow cooker, set it for low and 7 hours and we were good to go.  They recommend using home-made broth for the recipe, I was all out so I used the Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock.

So I want to chat a little about the slow cooker that I use, it is the Hamilton Beach  Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker.  I liked a few things about it when I was looking for a new one. It was not incredibly expensive.  I was not sure how much we would use one so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and have it sit in the cabinet.  I also like the programmable features and lastly I liked the ability to use the probe when cooking meat.  I have used it several times when cooking a whole chicken and the chicken comes out perfect every time. {which reminds me, I need to cook a chicken soon so I can make some broth}

Okay, back to the soup. So we get home from soccer, the potatoes, onions and broth look good.  Next step is to use either an immersion blender or regular blender to puree.  I recently replaced me immersion blender so I was looking forward to trying this one out. {if you don’t have one I highly suggest getting one, it is one of the most used tools in my kitchen} Once the potatoes were blended nicely you add real butter and then come heavy cream and blend it around again.  This soup it so light and creamy and well heaven in a bowl!  There are various options that you can top it with, we went with some Applegate farms turkey bacon and cheese, yum yum yum.

This meal earned 3.5 thumbs. I love that it makes a lot, so I have 5 mason jars in my freezer of this yummy soup.  For some silly reason my girls are not fans of mashed potatoes, but like french fries, go figure.  They both however gave a good effort on this.  One way I tried to make it a little more fun for them was to put the soup in a mug with a straw.  I believe that if you make food fun for kids they are more likely to try it.  They may not eat all of it, but keep trying and one day they will.

Until next time,

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