Friday, March 8, 2013

Going Natural in the Kitchen

Last time I spilled about my intent to go more natural with shopping and cooking and things, even if  *gasp* I have to pay more!

This week I plan to experiment with 2 soup recipies. I'd like to have them on hand for cooking, and prefer not to buy the canned soups - however inexpensive - because I just don't know what's in them. GMO tomatoes, excessive salt and sugar (excuse me, 'fructose'), and corporate-engineered preservatives to be sure. But that's only the stuff I know about...

Disclaimer: I drink pepsi, and eat chips and buy boxed pizza. 
I'm not diving off the deep end, intending to live off grass, okay?  
Just getting my boots pointed in a healthier direction. 
And it starts with one little bitty recipe at a time.

The two soups I plan to  make (and then freeze, because canning is a whole other learning curve I'm not quite ready for) are:

Cream Of Chicken Soup RecipeCream of Chicken Soup 
(found at 

4 cups milk
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sugar
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic

1) In a large saucepan, heat oil. Stir in flour to form a paste. Slowly stir in milk until thickened.
2) Add remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat.
3) Cool completely before freezing.

(We'll use our home-grown chickens, ww flour, and fair trade cane sugar here. 
I'll probably reduce the sugar and omit the garlic, but this is the simplest recipe I found so far.)

Cream of Tomato Soup

I'll just include a link here, because
a) it's a fellow blogger - Simple - and I want to share the love, and
b) there are so many brilliant and simple variations, it's easier if you just look for yourself.

By the looks of it, I  may never buy a can of soup again! These are just too simple!

I'd love to hear how you go natural in your home. 

Update: How it went .


  1. I hear you on the soups! We have a bunch of canned soups in our house because we bought them ages ago, but I've been making my own chicken and bone broths, and most soup I make now is 'fridge soup', using whatever we have in our fridge plus some of the bone/chicken broth already made/frozen to make a yummy soup (my fave is sausage and veggie... mmmm). I haven't made tomato or mushroom soup in ages, and just recently used one can of cream of mushroom soup... from a box of 12 we bought before Halloween...

    1. Nice! I also have a cream of mushroom that I love to use (I make it when I find 50% off mushrooms in-store)

      Now I just need to figure out 'condensed tomato soup', and then we're good. :)


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