Garden Vegetable Soup

Healthy Garden Vegetable Soup -- This lovely kid-friendly soup  is the perfect lunch. -- The Nourishing GourmetBy Renee, From Raising Generation Nourished

Sweet, juicy tomatoes, garden fresh green beans, creamy potatoes, and a load of other mineral rich garden vegetables, this garden veggie soup is both nourishing and very family friendly in taste!

We are swimming in fresh garden produce from our household garden and our local farmers! We certainly enjoy much of it fresh, but for the most part when the abundance starts rolling in that means soup time in my house.

Having a good variety of fresh vegetable-based soups is one of my secrets to kids that gladly eat their veggies. Our staple fresh tomato soup, broccoli soup, chicken stew, and this garden vegetable soup are some of our family favorites – and they have become my sanity when it comes to school lunches. For more soup recipes, check out Kimi’s book, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons, and the many soup recipes already on this blog.

Last year was my first year of having one of my girls in full-time school, and we discovered quickly that packing nourishing school lunches was much easier when the nourishing meals from home were made in a big batch to ensure leftovers for the lunchbox.

I got myself some great thermos gear and bone broth loaded soups that she was used to having at home with her sisters for lunch became her take along to school lunch most days of the week.

This is a simple vegetable soup that freezes very well and is very kid friendly in taste. When you cook down those veggies in some beautiful friendly fats amazing flavor shines through.

Take advantage of your own garden abundance or hit the farmer’s markets, local CSA’s, or community gardens this harvest season and let’s stock up some soup for the fall!

Healthy Garden Vegetable Soup -- This lovely kid-friendly soup  is the perfect lunch. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

By the way! This doubles up into a large stockpot very well – toward the end of August when the garden needs to be cleared out and the farmer’s at the markets cut their prices down to move their produce I totally take advantage!

Garden Vegetable Soup

GARDEN VEGETABLE SOUP

  • 1/3 cup friendly fat to cook in (butter, pastured lard or tallow, coconut oil, leftover pastured bacon grease)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 cups cut green beans (these were from our garden but frozen organic works fine too)
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 4-5 small red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (I use frozen organic from Costco)
  • 1 large tomato (This was from the garden but if it is the off season canned/jarred diced tomatoes work)
  • 5 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken broth (Check out my recipe, and Kimi’s regular recipe, and her “almost free” chicken broth recipe).
  • 1 TB fresh chopped basil or 2 tsp dried basil
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste (generously season if your bone broth was unseasoned)
  1. Melt the friendly fat in a large soup or stockpot and toss in all of the veggies EXCEPT the tomatoes, garlic and basil. Add a big pinch of sea salt to the veg and cook over medium/medium high heat stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes or so. This low and slow saute with sea salt will bring out all the juices in the veggies and sweeten them up.
  2. Add the tomato and cook 5 minutes to bring out their juices.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  4. Add the bone broth and basil, bring to a simmer, and cook at a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Season to your taste with sea salt and pepper. You can garnish with grated parmesan if you want. To freeze the soup, let it cool to room temp, jar it, and freeze with the lid OFF for at least 24 hours before putting the lid on. This will ensure your jar doesn’t break. You can find BPA free plastic freezer containers as well.

Garden Vegetable Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup friendly fat to cook in (butter, pastured lard or tallow, coconut oil, leftover pastured bacon grease)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 cups cut green beans (these were from our garden but frozen organic works fine too)
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 4-5 small red potatoes, chopped
  • 1½ cups corn (I use frozen organic from Costco)
  • 1 large tomato (This was from the garden but if it is the off season canned/jarred diced tomatoes work)
  • 5 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1½ quarts chicken broth
  • 1 TB fresh chopped basil or 2 tsp dried basil
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste (generously season if your bone broth was unseasoned)
Instructions
  1. Melt the friendly fat in a large soup or stockpot and toss in all of the veggies EXCEPT the tomatoes, garlic and basil. Add a big pinch of sea salt to the veg and cook over medium/medium high heat stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes or so. This low and slow saute with sea salt will bring out all the juices in the veggies and sweeten them up.
  2. Add the tomato and cook 5 minutes to bring out their juices.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  4. Add the bone broth and basil, bring to a simmer, and cook at a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Season to your taste with sea salt and pepper. You can garnish with grated parmesan if you want. To freeze the soup, let it cool to room temp, jar it, and freeze with the lid OFF for at least 24 hours before putting the lid on. This will ensure your jar doesn't break. You can find BPA free plastic freezer containers as well.

 

Ajiaco – A Colombian Chicken Soup

Ajiaco, A Colombian Chicken Soup - The Nourishing Gourmet

Chicken, fresh summer corn and buttery potatoes are simmered in a rich broth and heightened with capers and crème fraîche. Somewhere in between a soup and a stew, ajiaco lingers in your mind long after you’ve finished your last spoonful.

Here is a little background on how I came to know and love ajiaco.

My younger brother found himself an amazing girl who is Colombian-American and when our families come together it is a revelry of art, music and some great food. My brother jams on the piano (and now my 8-yr old son is also playing away!), we get to glimpse Maria’s most recent artwork (she is an artist and art/spanish teacher), and the kitchen island is packed with all sorts of delicious food – from borsch to empanadas.

One night, Maria’s mom Ana made a huge pot of ajiaco to feed a crowd. I was looking over her shoulder, intrigued by the corn simmering in the soup, infusing it with a perfect touch of sweetness. She served it over small mounds of white rice, then (swoon) topped with cream and capers. I was hooked!

Ajiaco, A Colombian Chicken Soup - The Nourishing Gourmet

In between bowls (I stopped counting at four) I jotted down the ingredients and approximate cooking steps.

Since that night, I’ve experimented with it several times at home. A lot of the flavor comes from the broth. A frugal and flavorful chicken stock works well. This time I used a rich and gelatinous broth with drumsticks.

I hope you love Ana’s take on ajiaco as much as my family does!

HARD-TO-FIND INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

If you don’t have a Latin market nearby, a couple of the ingredients can be substituted.

1) Papa criolla potatoes. Traditionally, ajiaco is made with three varieties of potatoes including papa criolla which is a starchy yellow potato. Ana had some that she had purchased in the frozen section of a Colombian market (I didn’t know fresh potatoes freeze well, but they do!) She told me that yukon gold is a good substitution.

2) Guascas. Guascas is a weed native to South America that imparts an earthy, grassy flavor to the soup, balancing out the sweet corn and starchy potatoes. Oregano is the best substitute.

If you enjoy soups, check out Kimi’s cookbook, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons. 

MORE NOURISHING SOUPS TO TRY

Hearty Mushroom Soup (Grain-Free, Vegan)

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions

Miso Noodle Soup with Greens and Pork Ribs (Grain Free)

Knefla – A Savory German Stew

 

Ajiaco
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Columbian
Serves: Serves 6-8
 
This Colombian chicken soup uses simple ingredients that are heightened with crème fraîche and capers for an unforgettable meal.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts (with bone and skin, preferably)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced, seeds and stems removed if it's a spicy one (optional if you want a kick!)
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1.5 pounds of yukon gold or other starchy potatoes (4-6 medium), diced
  • 2 tablespoons dried guascas (or substitute dried oregano)
  • 3 ears of corn, cut into 2-inch segments
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined salt (unless your broth is salty) plus more to taste
  • 2 cups white rice, for serving
  • Capers, avocado slices and crème fraîche (or alternatively, heavy cream or Mexican Crema), for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-bottom soup pot, heat a little olive oil (or your favorite cooking fat) over medium-high heat and sear the chicken, cooking a couple of minutes on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, sauté the tomatoes and onions 5 minutes. Add the chicken back to the pot and add the broth. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Once the soup has been simmering for about 15 minutes, add the potatoes, guascas, corn (ear segments and kernels) and salt.
  4. Simmer til the chicken, potatoes and corn are done (about 20 additional minutes). Taste and adjust seasonings. You may need to add salt, as soups with potatoes often require a good amount.
  5. Serve with capers and crème fraîche.

Simple

Grain Free Fried Chicken Strips

Pan fried in coconut oil, these chicken strips are also gluten, dairy, grain, and egg free!  (Kids love them!) --- The Nourishing Gourmet
Sometimes you make something that is so delicious; the kids are begging for you to repeat it soon. This was one of those times! Gently fried in a pan, these crispy crusted, tender chicken strips are delicious dipped into homemade ketchup. Plus, they are gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free and dairy-free as well!. These are so delicious and have officially made it into the “must regularly make ” pile of recipes. We repeated the recipe the week after we first made it (you know, just to make sure they were good enough to share here. :-) )

I used coconut oil for frying these, but there are a variety of traditional fats that could work too. I was going to try my homemade rendered fat from beef broth, but I realized I didn’t have enough of it left for this project. I’ll try it next time!

I made these using the “eye-balling” method, partly because it’s kind of the lazy way to do it, and partly because thermometers and I have an on and off relationship. I buy supposedly great thermometers, and then they aren’t very accurate. (Tell me if you have a favorite one in the comments!). All to say, I have been perfecting the act of watchful cooking without one. That said, if you are using a thermometer, aim for 375F (190C).

Is fried food healthy?

Yes, this is a recipe that fries food. Can that really be healthy? First of all, regardless of whether you think fried food is the best option, making fried food yourself using a healthy oil is certainly better for you than getting it at a restaurant using typical nontraditional oils. Furthermore, there is some discrepancy in the research, and some research even suggests that frying in a good oil could be neutral or even have benefits.

I’m not convinced it should be on the menu weekly (hello, budgeting!), but certainly, it makes a wonderful treat!

Pan fried in coconut oil, these chicken strips are also gluten, dairy, grain, and egg free!  (Kids love them!) --- The Nourishing Gourmet

Grain Free Fried Chicken Strips

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ½- 2 pounds chicken thighs (or breasts)
  • 1 ½ cups tapioca starch
  • 2 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • freshly ground pepper
  • coconut oil for frying

1. Cut off any fat from the chicken, and then cut into thin strips, about ¼-1/2 inch thick.

2. Put the tapioca starch, salt, thyme and plenty of ground pepper into a shallow pan and mix.

Pan fried in coconut oil, these chicken strips are also gluten, dairy, grain, and egg free! (Kids love them!) --- The Nourishing Gourmet

3. Toss the chicken strips and the starch mixture together until the chicken is well coated.

4. In a large saucepan (I prefer using cast iron for this), heat fat of choice. I used approximately 1 to 1 ½ cups of coconut oil. I wanted the chicken to be half submerged once it was put in. Heat the oil in a cast iron over medium heat (with a stainless steel pan, use medium-high heat), until hot (but not smoking). Add a single chicken strip to the pan, if it starts bubbling a lot around the chicken strip immediately, you have a good frying temperature (if not, don’t add any more until it starts bubbling around that single chicken strip, and then add more).

Pan fried in coconut oil, these chicken strips are also gluten, dairy, grain, and egg free!  (Kids love them!) --- The Nourishing Gourmet

5. Add the strips carefully one by one, not crowding the pan. Wait until the chicken looks at least cooked half way through and is starting to get a little browned, and then turn over and cook on the other side. It took about 6-9 minutes for each batch to cook through. I simply cut through a chicken strip to check to make sure they were done, although once they were browned at all, I never found a single one that hadn’t gotten cooked thoroughly. Remove from the pan once cooked.

6. Repeat the frying process until all of the chicken is cooked. Serve with homemade ketchup and enjoy right away!

Interested in saving your oil for future frying projects? Check out this helpful link.

Grain Free Fried Chicken Strips
 
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½- 2 pounds chicken thighs (or breasts)
  • 1 ½ cups tapioca starch
  • 2 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • freshly ground pepper
  • coconut oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Cut off any fat from the chicken, and then cut into thin strips, about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  2. Put the tapioca starch, salt, thyme and plenty of ground pepper into a shallow pan and mix.
  3. Toss the chicken strips and the starch mixture together until the chicken is well coated.
  4. In a large saucepan (I prefer using cast iron for this), heat fat of choice. I used approximately 1 to 1 ½ cups of coconut oil. I wanted the chicken to be half submerged once it was put in. Heat the oil in a cast iron over medium heat (with a stainless steel pan, use medium-high heat), until hot (but not smoking). Add a single chicken strip to the pan, if it starts bubbling a lot around the chicken strip immediately, you have a good frying temperature (if not, don’t add any more until it starts bubbling around that single chicken strip, and then add more).
  5. Add the strips carefully one by one, not crowding the pan. Wait until the chicken looks at least cooked half way through and is starting to get a little browned, and then turn over and cook on the other side. It took about 6-9 minutes for each batch to cook through. I simply cut through a chicken strip to check to make sure they were done, although once they were browned at all, I never found a single one that hadn’t gotten cooked thoroughly.
  6. Repeat the frying process until all of the chicken is cooked. Serve with homemade ketchup and enjoy right away!

 

Pan-Fried Thai Chicken with Carrot and Ginger Salad

Pan Fried Thai Chicken with Carrot and Ginger Salad - a great meal for a hot summer night. -www.thenourishinggourmet.com

This simple pan-fried chicken is brought to a whole new level when covered in Thai inspired flavors, accompanied by a fresh carrot and ginger salad.

Long time readers will know that I love to share my twist on Thai dishes with you! Ingredients like curry paste give an ordinary dish a fun twist that I really enjoy.

In the summer time who wants to heat up the house by turning on the oven in the late afternoon? Not me. I prefer to cook on the stove top and keep the flavors light saving the heartier meals for the fall and winter. If I use the oven I wait till it cools down at night or first thing in the morning.

This pan-fried Thai chicken with carrot and ginger salad is light, refreshing and full of flavor! I chose to use red curry paste which has a slight kick to it, for a milder flavor you can decrease the amount used or use a more mild paste such as green curry.

The salad is wonderful when served right after you make it but it is even better the next day! You can make it ahead of time to allow for even easier prep when you start making dinner.

Other Thai Inspired Dishes:

Pan-Fried Thai Chicken

4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs, pounded flat
  • 4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar/sucanat
  • 2vtablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce/tamari
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Directions:

1. Using a meat pounder or a rubber hammer thinly pound the chicken thighs until flat. (Kimi Notes: I like to put the chicken thighs between two pieces of parchment paper when flattening chicken.)

2. Mix the water, red curry paste, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, and garlic together to make a thick paste.

3. Coat both sides of the thighs, place in a glass container and allow to marinade for at least one hour.

4. Add the oil to a skillet and bring to medium/high heat. Add the thighs and cook for about 3 minutes on each side.

5. Cut one thigh to be sure there is no pink and that the meat is completely cooked.

6. Serve with steamed white rice and carrot and ginger salad.

Carrot and Ginger Salad

4 to 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound carrots, shaved into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TBS grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt

Directions:

1. Chop both ends off the carrots, peel and discard (or compost) the peels.

2. Use the peeler to make thin ribbons from the carrots, just like when you peel a carrot.

3. Chop the cilantro and mix with the carrots ribbons.

4. Mix the lime juice, olive oil, lime zest, ginger and unrefined salt together in a bowl.

5. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to cover.

Pan Fried Thai Chicken
 
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 4 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs, pounded flat
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup Thai red curry paste
  • 2 TBS palm sugar/sucanat
  • 2 TBS coconut oil
  • 1 TBS grated ginger
  • 1 TBS soy sauce/tamari
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
Instructions
  1. Using the meat pounder or a rubber hammer thinly pound the chicken thighs until flat.
  2. Mix the water, red curry paste, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, and garlic together to make a thick paste.
  3. Coat both sides of the thighs, place in a glass container and allow to marinade for at least one hour.
  4. Add the oil to a skillet and bring to medium/high heat. Add the thighs cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Cut one thigh to be sure there is no pink and that the meat is completely cooked.
  6. Serve with steamed white rice and carrot and ginger salad.

 
Carrot and Ginger Salad
 
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Thai
 
Ingredients
  • 1lb carrots, shaved into ribbons
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TBS grated ginger
  • ½ tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Chop both ends off the carrots, peel and discard (or compost) the peels.
  2. Use the peeler to make thin ribbons from the carrots, just like when you peel a carrot.
  3. Chop the cilantro and mix with the carrots ribbons.
  4. Mix the lime juice, olive oil, lime zest, and unrefined salt together in a bowl.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to cover.