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Healthy Creamy Soup Base Recipe

Healthy Creamy Soup Base Recipe
Healthy Creamy Soup Base Recipe
Recipe Type: Soup
Author: Lauren Hill
There is nothing better than a nice hearty soup on a cold winter day. Knowing how to make a healthy creamy base lets you give in to a longing for comfort food while eating healthy. This staple soup base can even be frozen and thawed. For two people, freeze the base in 2-cup portions and plan to add 1 cup of additional vegetables plus seasonings and a garnish to make 2 bowl-sized servings.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth, regular or low-sodium
  • 4 medium potatoes; Yukon Gold, California White and red-skinned potatoes are all good, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium or 6 baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. white or black pepper
  • 1 6-0z can evaporated milk (not condensed milk, which is sweet)
Instructions
  1. In the skillet, briefly sauté the onion, celery and carrots, garlic and parsley over medium heat till vegetables are coated with oil. Lower the heat, cover the pan and continue simmering until the onions and celery are translucent but not browned. Put the vegetable mixture in the bottom of the soup pot and add peeled potatoes cut in chunks and the broth.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately lower the heat to medium/low. Cover the pot and simmer until potatoes are soft. Using a jar-style or immersible blender, blend the potatoes and liquid while still warm, and stir in evaporated milk. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

 

VEGETABLE COMBINATIONS

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For each 2 cups of base, add 1 cup previously cooked vegetables and seasonings.
Some good combinations:

Broccoli and a pinch of curry powder. Garnish with toasted sliced almonds.

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Carrots with a pinch of dill, cumin or celery seed. Garnish with more dill or parsley.

Corn kernels and chopped sweet red bell pepper, with a pinch of cumin or smoked paprika. Garnish with a little parmesan cheese.

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Chard, spinach or kale, seasoned with 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with grated lemon peel.

Peeled broccoli stems or asparagus stalks (all but the woodiest parts). Our grandmothers made delicious waste-not-want-not soups from the parts of vegetables we sometimes discard. Garnish with a sprinkling of curry powder or paprika.

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FAST MAIN DISH SOUPS

slices of bacon, sautéed and chopped, 2 can minced clams and a heavy pinch of seafood seasoning (like Old Bay). Garnish with parsley.
oz. finely diced ham, shredded greens, ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning and a dash of hot sauce. Top with chopped scallion.

Equal amounts of diced leftover chicken and corn kernels. Top with chopped parsley and a thin curl of butter.

Freeze extra soup base and thaw overnight in the refrigerator for your version of a hearty creamy winter soup.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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