Menu Plan Monday: Soups!

Calling all hosts/hostesses!  If you’d like to host, email me at cheryl (at) eharrishome (dot) com.  Info on hosting is here.

I hope everyone is easing well into the new year and brushing off the holiday food “hangover”.  This weekend was dedicated to doing the things I’ve been putting off–bills, letter, etc.  Not that I finished, mind you, but I got started.  Yay.

I posted for Nicola’s Detox January on nutrition before, during and after cancer, so please do check it out and the other fantastic detox posts, too!

The theme for this week is soup.  Soup feels like a warm, soothing, loving hug, and there’s very little as wonderful as homemade soup.  I made turkey broth today (pictured above) and it tends to be a whole day deal–start the pot simmering when I wake up, blow it kisses throughout the day, add in veggies a few hours before the end, and cool it down in a waterbath.  And then the next day is skimming off the fat.  But oh, the broth is just so rich and delicious there’s nothing else quite like it.

Most of my soup recipes aren’t really recipes, but I do have a few I love:

African Inspired Almond Collard Stew (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Asian Style Gingery Soup (GF, CF, EF, SF, vegan and sugar free)

Celeriac and Broccoli Soup (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Red Pepper Soup (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Roasted Tomato and Caramelized onion soup (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Sniffle stew (I tend to mentally classify soups and stews together)

On to the menu planning!  DH is out of town part of the week, and I generally eat mostly vegan in his absence because it’s simpler.


Garlicky quinoa and broccoli

Sniffle stew

Red pepper hummus on mixed greens

Coconut curry with kaffir lime leaves

Out to dinner at Wildfire for work

Baked yum:
I’m craving cookies. We’ll see how this goes.

And everyone else?

Angela of Angela’s Kitchen shares my love of soup, too, and she’s linked to a bunch of her favorites and is making Turkey Wild Rice this week. She is hosting a Bisquick giveaway, so go check it out! And I wholeheartedly agree with her resounding endorsement of MYO broth. It is so delicious!

Wendy of Celiacs in the House has a tantilizing picture of Rioja Beef Stew. And did you know that today is Bittersweet Chocolate day? Seriously, the wonderful nuggets of knowledge I get in the bloggosphere. I’d hate to miss out on joining in on the celebration!
I missed bean day, too (January 6th.)
Wendy linked to other fun food holidays here.National chocolate cake day is the 27th, just as an FYI.
and where oh where are the fruit and veggie days? How about National Pom day? Clementine day? But I digress.

Scrumptious, of In my CSA Box, talks about budgeting…and I’m sure most of us can relate to that moment of “oh no!”. She’s got a great menu planned, and her millet and kale salad sounds delish!

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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13 Responses to Menu Plan Monday: Soups!

  1. Scrumptious says:

    Sniffle stew sounds fantastic. I think I’ll make some next week! Coconut curry with kaffir lime leaves is super tempting as well!

    I don’t have any soup on my menu this week, although I need to get better about making soup since I’m trying to be better about budgeting. I have tons of “scrap stock” in my freezer, so the broth is even free…

    Thanks for hosting this week! Sorry I never host anymore. I never seem to know when I’m going to have time to blog.

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  4. Angela says:

    You know I love the soup! Mmmm… By the way, your sniffle soup was super yummy this last weekend. Thank you! I froze extra for lunches just for me (I am hoarding it. bwahahaah!)

    Thank you for hosting. My post is up:

    I will be happy to host again soon, just let me know which week. Maybe the theme of “root cellar” – the good keepers that carry us through the cold season: squashes, carrots, parsnips, etc. Or “slow cooking” either in a slow cooker or anything that has a nice long braise. Or simply parsnips. Which ever… :o)

  5. I’m in a soup mood, too. I may have to give that Sniffle Stew a try if the youngest spreads her latest bug to the rest of us. Sent an email volunteering for hosting.
    Have a great week.

  6. Scrumptious,
    I know, half the reason I made soup is that I had way too many scraps and wanted to make good use of them.

    I’m so glad you liked it, it’s one of my new favorites. You’re up for hosting for root veggies!

    Thanks, you too! You know, you are allowed to have it even when no one is sniffly. =)

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  8. Michelle says:

    Hey Cheryl,

    Thanks for hosting! My menu is up at

    I love the ingredient!

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  10. Renee says:

    I am back with a meal plan this week. One soup on the menu – does chowder count? 🙂

  11. Love the soups! Soups are on the menu this end too this week. My eldest has asked for Silvana Nardone’s Chicken Pot Pie soup. Will be back with some Monday menu plans once D-tox January is finished…

  12. I know this is really late but I just found your site and would love to participate anyway.

    A couple of my meals do include non-gluten free ingredients because only one of my children is exclusively gluten free among other things. It’s easy to substitute though, like gluten free tortillas for Ezekiel 4:5 tortillas. That’s what I do for my gluten free toddler anyway.

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