Soup for you — soup for me

By SEMIRA SAWYER
LifeAtStart.com Reporter

It’s your turn to cook the family meal.  You already had spaghetti twice this week and don’t want to eat it a third time.  A perfect answer to your problem is soup.

IMG_5108Soup isn’t just something you eat when you are sick, but it can also provide a variety of benefits to your life. Soup is a quick, hot meal that offers plenty of health benefits.  The healthiest soups include fresh ingredients made with less salt.

Throw a variety of ingredients into a crock-pot in the morning before you leave for work or school. You’ll return home to a delicious meal in the evening.

With winter approaching soup is also a great food to eat to warm you up. Soups made with beans and lean meats, such as chicken and fish, provide protein. Soups are made mostly of water, which fills you up with fewer calories. That can come in handy when trying to lose weight.

To get you started on making soup, here is a quick and easy recipe from my grandma’s kitchen:

Easy Crock-pot Potato Soup:

1-30 oz, bag frozen hash browns.

2-14 oz, cans of chicken broth.

1-10.75 oz can, cream of chicken soup.

½ cup, chopped onions.

1/3 tsp, ground black pepper.

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened.

Garnish with  chopped green onion.
In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, broth, cream of chicken soup, onions and pepper.

  • Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  • Stir in cream cheese, cook 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  • Garnish with green onion.

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