Living in Iowa teaches you to respect the weather. It was in the 40’s yesterday … a gorgeous day that makes you think of spring and grilling. Today, we woke up to a full-blown blizzard with 6-12 inches of snow on the way … which would be fun if it weren’t for the 30-35 mph wind gusts. That’s not grilling weather … that’s soup weather!
When the forecast predicted this storm, I made sure the ingredients to make this soup were on hand.
For many people, days like these require …
- leaving earlier than usual to account for their increased commute time to work,
- putting in a full day at work,
- arriving home later than usual to clear their driveways and sidewalks, and
- avoiding the grocery stores inundated with pre-storm shoppers.
Sitting down to a bowl of hearty, healthy, HOT soup defines comfort. Since most soup is better if made a day or two in advance, a little preparation will take the stress out of the day.
I credit this recipe to my mother-in-law. She introduced me to all kinds of new recipes and I loved adding her discoveries to my collection. I have modified this one over the years, but I always think of the first time she made this for us. It is my go-to recipe to make and deliver to friends who are going through difficult times. Never underestimate the power of prayer and a warm meal … especially a warm meal that has been blessed by prayer.
Side Note: Just before publishing this blog, my editor (a.k.a. my oldest son) made a change that I almost didn’t find. It looked like this …
1-2 cups shredded cabbage or chopped kale (optional … but, ew!)
My family isn’t always fond of all my healthy discoveries/modifications. That’s why the kale is added into individual bowls. There are enough vegetables is this soup … I won’t force them to eat kale. They’ll come around eventually.