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Soup, Stew & Chili

This is courtesy Whole Foods, and it is a no fail comfort food. A perfect winter soup, filling and flavorful, you'll be glad this double recipe means leftovers! Carrots and garlic provide some antioxidant power.

Start with canned bean with bacon soup, gussy it up, and you have a very tasty supper.

While this recipe calls for dried garbonzos, I have used canned instead. And because we are watching salt, I don't put bacon or the ham bone in.

This soup, when you puree it, is nice and thick. Perfect in the winter for lunch. I try to use the least amount of salt that I can.

A hearty meal for the gang! Vegetarians can omit the ham and still enjoy a high fiber, warming meal.

This chowder can be made when corn is at its cheapest. I buy lots of ears, take off the kernels and freeze them for future chowders.

Makes enough for several meals!

The sweet and heat give a complex flavor.

This can be enjoyed year-round by using good quality canned tomatoes.

I have made this tomato soup even in the summer. We like it. The carrots seem to cut the acid in the tomatoes.

Simple and hearty. You can substitute frozen okra, if needed.

Good ingredients and good for you.


The name of this soup makes it seems more complicated than it is to make.

This is a perfect dish for a cool night. It is not heavy and has a great flavor. Don't let the ingredients scare you. It is quite tasty and not as hard to make as it may sound.

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