A hot bowl if soup is a great way to warm up while it's cold and dreary outside. Homemade soup is a great way to get finicky eaters to get their servings of vegetables in, especially if they help make it. I have to admit, though, most of my soups are not for the calorie conscious.
I have two favorites. Venison stew and potato soup. I know, I know, everyone and their mother has "the best recipe" for potato soup. But, shh... mine really is the best. Why you may ask? Two reasons. First, it is my mom's recipe and second it has VELVEETA!
Venison (or beef) Stew - Because the boys are such carnivores, I usually use 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of cut up deer meat, or you can use beef, dump it in the crock pot, add a large can of tomato sauce, some chopped onion and celery, salt and pepper and a packet of McCormick's Beef Stew Mix. I may choose to add extra tomato sauce or if it gets thick a bit of water. But this is stew, and it is hearty, therefore we eat thick. After it's cooked until the beef has started to get tender (several hours), add diced carrots and potatoes. I usually leave mine in big chunks because I refuse to spend time delicately cutting up carrots and potatoes in nice, uniform squares when the boys eat like Ralph's little brother from a Christmas story, shoving their faces in and devouring it before it's cool enough to even taste, but that's another story. I am so fortunate that my boys are not, for the most part, finicky. In fact, they are little piggies.
Potato soup, ah comfort food of the gods. Unfortunately, I am at school and don't have the recipe with me, so I'm going to attempt to remember the recipe.
Make this according to how large a pot of soup you want...
Chicken broth (I use 3-4 cans)
Lots of diced potatoes and onions and cover this with the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper. When veggies are tender, add a hunk of butter and a bit of milk and a big chunk of velveeta. Stir til cheese is melted.
Enjoy. I apologize for not having specifics, but I don't usually follow an exact recipe.
Now, the question is... what is your FAVORITE soup? And please share your recipe!