Category: Soups & Stews

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Gluten-free, Dairy-Free

This chicken tortilla soup is made with roasted peppers, lots of garlic, and seasoned salt for deeper flavors.  It is dairy-free and gluten-free. Ahhhh, chicken tortilla soup. Where do I begin? To use one of my dad’s favorite words – I am somewhat of a chicken tortilla soup “connoisseur”. I have probably ordered it at every Mexican restaurant or hotel that I’ve been to since I first discovered it more than 20 years ago. I’ve also grown picky.  I don’t like it green or thickened or with a giant corn cob in it. My favorite chicken tortilla soup came from a little taqueria called El Rey on N. Shepherd & Washington in Houston.  And I’m trying to get it just like I remember. Many years...

Chicken Stew with Mashies | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Chicken Stew with Mashies Oh it is cold and rainy here in Austin, which has me craving all kinds of soups and stews.  I wanted to update this chicken stew recipe I’ve been making forever with new pictures and a minor adjustment to the recipe. Of course, we cook it with wine and broth and spices.  Lots of veggies, too.   Some of our other favorite soups and stews simmered in wine are classic pot roast and beef stew.  It just makes it so lovely.  I love chicken Andouille sausage gumbo, too.   Can’t get enough! So for this dish, we used to make it with boneless chicken breasts.  I’ve never really thought I liked chicken thighs until I recently had them in a stewed...

Classic Beef Stew | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Meat and Potatoes! I love you. My favorite is probably this classic beef stew, or maybe pot roast, barbacoa short ribs, chicken stew with mashies, or steaks and frites… okay any type of braised beef. With potatoes. And spices. Love it all. And I will say this – I was a vegetarian for several years and we are trying to eat less meat in our diets in general because it is better for us and the environment.   But this homemade classic beef stew is a special treat.  Both because of the red meat and because it takes a really long time to cook.  And it’s just soooooo good! Now I warn you that the house will smell incredible.   And there is a lot...

red lentil, wild rice, mushroom, carrot and chicken soup

Red Lentil and Wild Rice Soup | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Red Lentil and Wild Rice Soup I was so excited about how this red lentil and wild rice soup turned out!   You know we’ve been trying to eat more dietary fiber to improve gut health with prebiotics (foods that feed our gut microbiota).  Especially more lentils. And this soup is packed full of dietary fiber! #feedthegutbugs I just love soups and stews because you get the flavors of comfort food without the excess calories. I think this recipe for red lentil and wild rice soup is my new favorite. And it is hard to beat my love for one of my recent creations – Bison Enchilada Soup. Red Lentils Okay, so I’ve been reading about the different types and flavors of lentils. Red lentils...

Bison Enchilada Soup | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Love the flavor of enchilada sauce, but don’t want all the calories that come with eating enchiladas? This delicious, clean eating bison soup is gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly organic. Bison Enchilada Soup So the cold weather and my ridiculous allergies this time of year (cedar and mold) are really making me crave soup.   I’ve got homemade Ranchero Beans and organic tomato sauce in the freezer.  And Simply Organic enchilada sauce seasoning mix (gluten-free) in the pantry.   So why not make a bison enchilada soup!   That sounds really good, right? And, oh it was! I like to use bison because it is a much leaner meat that ground beef but still has the firmness that sometimes gets lost with ground turkey.  But you could substitute...

Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

It’s Gumbo Time! There are lots of different gumbos in this world and every one of them is special with its own unique story. My favorite is chicken andouille sausage gumbo! The roux is what gumbos have in common. A roux is made with almost any type of fat and flour in equal parts – some cooked to a light blond, medium peanut butter brown or dark chocolate. I use a light blond roux to make gravy and to start off my goat cheese Alfredo sauce, too.  We also use a version of it for making the sauce for white chicken enchilada casserole.   For this chicken andouille sausage gumbo we are making a dark brown roux. So the first time I fell in love with...

Turkey and Veggie Chili | Gluten-Free Dairy-Free

Turkey and Veggie Chili I found this healthy, naturally gluten-free and casein-free terrific turkey and veggie chili recipe years ago on Allrecipes.com. It is a staple in our dinner rotation and has really evolved over the years into this version of the recipe.   It is a much healthier alternative to traditional Texas chili because this version adds veggies.  Lots of veggies.   Lots of veggies = lots more dietary fiber and happy gut bugs.   Plus it is super tasty!  The flavors are really deepened by roasting the vegetables. The secret is not only in the roasted tomatoes, jalapeño, zucchini and bell pepper but also adding your favorite salsa to take it to the next level of spicy heaven.   Try using different chiles...

Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew) & Basmati Rice | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Ghormeh Sabzi is a traditional Persian Herb Stew made with various herbs and veggies, beans, stew beef, and dried sour limes. It is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. For the Love of Persian Food My mother was Persian and growing up it was a huge treat when she would cook a traditional Iranian dish because she was pretty westernized and preferred not spending too much time in the kitchen.   Oh but when my grandmother would visit, we would feast the entire time – she loved to cook all day.  We had several favorites and it was amazing how much work she would do to make us happy.  The soups and stews and rice.  Oh my! One of my absolute favorite things to eat are stuffed...

homemade black bean soup made from scratch

Black Bean Soup | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Black Bean Soup Some of the most simple ingredients can make a pretty tasty dish.   This is a flavorful and nutritious soup that is best when made from scratch (no canned beans or tomatoes) and it is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and low-sodium. I never realized how much sodium was found in canned beans.  And it is hard to find organic canned beans.  So we decided to make our own black beans from scratch.   You do have to soak them overnight and then cook them for about an hour. For this recipe, we just make a small batch of black beans. But if you are putting in the effort, you could always increase the amount of beans and other ingredients.  Although it will take...

Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup I love soup!  And we eat soup often around here.  At least once a week, I’ll make up a big batch of soup and freeze some of it for lunches. I especially love chicken tortilla soup, red lentil and wild rice soup, and of course classic beef stew. But if I’m being honest, one of my favorite soups is Jean-Paul’s leek and potato soup from La Bonne Soupe.   I’ve never been to the bistro in New York, but I love the cookbook and make this soup often.   It is so rich and creamy and delicious! But in the spirit of eating healthier, I added cauliflower and adjusted the recipe to nix the cream, milk, and butter.   My...