Spicy Portugese Potato & Kale Soup (Slow Cooker Recipe)

This recipe is the epitome of what a slow cooker recipe should be: simple, healthy ingredients, super easy, hardly any prep work, and delicious! Just when I had given up hope of really loving anything that came out of my slow cooker this recipe came along and saved the day. Adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution. I hope you enjoy it, let me know if you give it a try …. #lifebalancemassage

  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2  tsp. minced canned chipotle chile in adobe (add a little more to your preference)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Lb. red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 8 oz Chorizo sausage, halved and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 oz. kale, stemmed and leaves sliced 1/4 inch, or half of a bag of precut kale
  • Salt (to taste)
  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine onion, garlic, oil and chipotles. Microwave for 5 minutes until softened and transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Add broth, potatoes and chorizo and salt to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
  3. Stir in kale, cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Taste seasoning and add salt as necessary.

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Spicy Chicken Soup

The recent week or so of high 60 degree weather may have lulled us West Coasters into mislaid dreams of warm spring hikes and short sleeves, but unexpected attacks of “winter jacket weather” sadly snaps us back into the reality that it is, in fact, only February. And though it may be sunnier than just about anywhere else this time of year and our “winter jacket weather” may be laughable to a good majority of the country – it’s not so funny how many people are still succumbing to the nasty flu season we got hit with this year. And the colds! In my opinion the only thing crueler than having a cold is having a cold when it is blazingly sunny and cheerful outside. So in light of the spate of people I know who have gotten sick this week and with fingers double crossed that my family remain immune – this week I’m posting up my chicken soup recipe. Nothing is more satisfying when you’re feeling crummy and I’ve packed mine with good-for-you stuff like ginger, scallions and leafy greens to help your body heal. I also like it spicy, especially when a head cold has my sinuses clogged up. When I’m sick a big, steaming bowl of this soup is like the biggest, best hug I’ve ever had. Continue reading

Ribollita – One Delicious Reason to Love Fall!

Mmmm … I so love fall and winter cooking. Squashes! Kale! Beans, lentils and hearty grains! Yum. And for once the heat from having my oven on in my tiny apartment doesn’t make me want to stick my head in the freezer. It can be challenging though to find really filling vegetarian main dishes. For full disclosure – I am not at all vegetarian, but I am cooking less and less meat at home these days for both budgetary and (mostly) health reasons. So when I do find a really easy, delicious and filling main dish recipe that is mostly if not all veggies, I get really excited. This Ribollita recipe from 101cookbooks.com (one of my absolute fave veggie cooking food blogs) is one of those. Though this super easy and good-for-you recipe is a soup, the beans and bread make it a filling main course paired with a crusty garlic bread and salad. I’m posting the recipe here for you, but if you get a chance, please pop over to 101cookbooks for some more delicious inspiration.

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