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Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup
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This hearty soup is perfect for cold days, utilizes ingredients that most of us have on hand, is healthy and is the perfect gift when you want to feed those you love. So get cooking and spread the love and the health!
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Ham and Bean Soup
Print Recipe
This hearty soup is perfect for cold days, utilizes ingredients that most of us have on hand, is healthy and is the perfect gift when you want to feed those you love. So get cooking and spread the love and the health!
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Soak beans according to package. I prefer the quick soak method as I'm impatient and often forget to soak the night before.
  2. Chop veggies and place in dutch oven or large pot.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and turn on.
  4. Bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn down to simmer and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Check periodically and add more liquid if needed.
  5. Add pepper and any other seasoning you like if you feel like it could use more spice. Now let it cool and then pack it in a nice pot for your loved ones and surprise them with a nice meal. Save some for you of course!
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Ham and Bean Soup

bean soup

Those who know me, know I have two great loves, fitness and cooking. I’d spend my days working out and cooking if I could. I love cooking for my family, but I also love cooking for friends. I think there is no better way to say I love you then with a warm meal made with love. My mother in law lives alone and eats out way more often then I think she should. Therefore, whenever I have a chance I like to cook her up a good meal that will last throughout the week. It makes me feel good to know that she is eating healthful for the week. And the best part, she loves my cooking so she’s always excited to get a home cooked meal from me.

Knowing that my husband was going over to her house to take down her Christmas lights, I got up early to make her a nice ham and bean soup with Banana Bread on the side. I had a ham hock in my freezer from Christmas and always make banana bread when my bananas go bad. I don’t believe in wasting anything! So today I’m spreading the love and health at the same time because we all know someone that could use a hot meal made with love!

Bailey’s Baked Chimichanga’s

Baked Chimis

My oldest son, like many teens, loves Taco Bell. I remember loving it as a teen. It’s inexpensive, easy and filling. Most importantly, it’s Mexican. While he prefers Chipotle or other higher end Mexican food, Taco Bell is within his budget, close by and fast. As a mom, while I can appreciate all those qualities, I’d prefer he’d eat something a bit healthier. Therefore, when I saw a recipe for baked Chimichanga’s on pinterest, I immediatley repinned it.

Of course as tasty as the original recipe sounded, I felt like it could use a little cleaning up. The original recipe called for cream cheese and pepper jack which adds too much fat and calories for my taste. I changed a few things to lighten it up and it was just as delicious, but much more nutritious! I make a big batch of these babies, wrap them up, freeze and my son has lunch anytime he wants.

Turkey Meatball Soup

Turkey Meatball Soup
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Looking for a recipe to warm you up while slimming you down? This soup is full of all the right stuff! High protein, low fat and tons of flavor.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Turkey Meatball Soup
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Looking for a recipe to warm you up while slimming you down? This soup is full of all the right stuff! High protein, low fat and tons of flavor.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, celery, onion and fennel seed and cook until golden and fragrant.
  3. Add tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl combine turkey, egg, Parmesan, garlic and nutmeg.
  5. Roll mixture into 24 balls.
  6. Roll into 24 balls and drop into soup and cook through 10-15 minutes.
  7. Add spinach and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper if desired and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This recipe is originally adapted from Muscle and Fitness magazine.

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So winter to me means comfort food and there is nothing more comforting than a big pot of homemade soup. So put down those 100 calorie per servings cans of soup and fire up the stove! This is my favorite soup recipe because it stays true to my desire to be fit and healthy. It’s packed with protein and veggies, is hearty and one pot last me all week long.