It’s a tad bit chilly outside, so I’ve been on a soup kick. Trying to warm my body from the inside out. This said, I love the combination this soup has when all the chorizo spices and thyme blend together. I want to say one thing on chorizo, make sure you do not get a brand with monosodium glutamate (msg). Many brands you find in the grocery stores have it. Part of eating Paleo is knowing where your food comes from and the ingredients within it. This said, we buy all our meat locally from farmers. Our pork farmer sells their chorizo as part of an option when purchasing a pig or in single packs at our farmers market. Check out your options and support your local farmers because they are a wealth of knowledge (rant over).
Can you tell fall is here in Michigan? I’m in love with a few things: apples, squash and pumpkin! Then along with those three things come great spices.
This soup is great served right away or on another night. I often make this soup on a Sunday afternoon and serve it for a meal on Tuesday/Wednesday. It is great served the next day because the spices merge together longer. I will let you in on a little secret of mine to having success in nightly meals, I look at our schedules and decide which days I have time to cook a meal and which days I will be walking in the door starving. I allow my schedule to guide my weekly menu. If a temptation occurs for me, it is often due to exhaustion, so I plan ahead to know when it will be occurring.
I have to laugh, I love soups and my husband is not on board for soups ALL THE TIME. Well, he is going to have surgery this week on his ankle and his request to me is…a fridge stocked with soups. He said he would love soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it must all be made with bone broth! He knows bone broth heals and he is looking for a quick recovery (and me too…for my sanity purposes).
This recipe is off the hook and it is dairy free! I have created a dairy free chowder base using creamed cauliflower. My husband was very impressed with how well this recipe turned out. Now he wishes restaurants would sell it as a dairy free option! This recipe is perfect for a cool fall day or a blustery winter day.
Yep, it’s that time of year….SOUP SEASON! I find once summer disappears all I want is soup. Soup warms me up from the inside out. I grew up loving tomato soup from a can. Yes, a can. I would get very excited when I saw the can with the red label come out of the cupboard. Needless to say, this recipe is all natural and I know all the ingredients I’m putting into my mouth. I now can not say the same about my childhood favorite.
I love Saturdays because I can go to our local farmers market. I love how the food is laying on tables displaying all of earths natural colors. At our farmers market the vendors have signs stating: grower, commercial seller or artisan.
Want to learn a little more about the farmer’s market? Mindful Meals has created a list of “5 Reasons Why I Shop at the Farmer’s Market“. Or check out Happy Healthy nut post on “How to Make the Most of your Farmers Market. Last but not least, check out Don’t Waste the Crumbs post “8 Strategies for Saving Money at the Farmers Market.” Her and I think alike! I love asking questions to the vendors. Often, they inspire me to think outside the box with my recipe creations. I love how they take pride in their farming and often teach me new information. Food from a farmers market or CSA tastes different from the grocery store. It tastes fresh, without a waxy taste. I also love giving back to my community. Going to the farmers market or belonging to a CSA helps local businesses succeed!
If you can not attend a farmers market, try finding a CSA near your house. My husband and I belong to an amazing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and this will help save money too! We get a ton of fruits and vegetables and pay $25 for a weekly basket. Conveying Awareness has written a great blog entry about her CSA box.
During the summer, we rarely venture to the grocery store, perhaps once a month because we get all our food needs through the farmers market or CSA. Don’t forget, we buy our meat in bulk from a local farmer.