Every year my husband gives up eating meat during Lent. And every year I struggle to find delicious vegetarian recipe that the whole family will love. Thankfully, I’ve got a few recipes that I can always turn to (like our Spicy Black Bean Burritos, Crispy Tofu With Peanut Sauce and Crockpot Minestrone). But now I can add one more recipe to my arsenal – Creamy Tomato Basil Soup.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Makes about 2 quarts (about 8 servings)
Last week I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I saw a carton of Carrot and Ginger soup that I knew my husband would love. The soup looked delicious, but there was no way I was going to pay over $3 for a tiny carton of soup. So, instead of buying it, I decided to try making it on my own.
I looked for recipes online and on Pinterest, but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to write my own recipe. And what I came up with is absolutely delicious.
A few years ago I was walking through Sam’s Club when I spotted an incredible deal – a bright orange ice cream maker for only $14.99! It was the middle of summer, and it was so unbelievably hot, so I snatched it up and came right home to start looking for ice cream recipes.
I quickly ran into a problem – I couldn’t find any ice cream recipes that were simple enough for my (then) three-year-old to help make. All of the recipes I found either called for eggs, needed to be cooked, or both. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have found eggs to be the absolute worst kitchen mess to clean up – and my kid has a knack for dropping them on the floor. Plus, try telling a kid you’re going to make ice cream, but you need to wait five hours for the mixture to cool. See how well that one goes over…
Each year my husband gives up eating meat for lent. and each year I turn to my tried and true vegetarian recipes, like Spicy Black Bean Burritos, Macaroni and Cheese and Crispy Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce.
This year, when I started looking for the Crispy Tofu With Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe – a recipe that originally came from my niece, it was gone. And, since my niece is out of the country fulfilling her lifelong dream, I had to wing it. It’s not exactly like her recipe, but I must say, it turned out pretty good.
Everyone has their own recipe for homemade chili, and everyone thinks their chili is the best. The great thing about chili is there are so many different recipes – and every recipe is delicious! Some people add secret ingredients like milk, tomato soup or flour. Some people add different vegetables like bell peppers, celery or carrots. Some people like their chili on the thick side, some people prefer chili that is more like soup. Some people love chili that is spicy, others prefer their chili on the mild side. I could go on, but I think you get the picture…
My homemade chili using dry beans is pretty basic – just ground beef, tomatoes, beans, onion, and chili powder – which makes it an easy meal for any night of the week. I use dry beans in my chili, but you can certainly use canned beans if you prefer. This chili can easily be made vegetarian by substituting two bags of veggie crumbles for the ground beef.