Hearty Ham Hock and White Navy Bean Soup via the Crockpot

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Lovely comfort food on a cold winter’s day

Originally, I grabbed a bag of small white navy beans to make a beautiful sausage and white bean dish, but when the norovirus took our entire family out of commission last weekend that dish (and anything but minimal effort to cook this week) went out the window.

Have no fear, this quick to prep dish is superb. It’s flavors are complex, the soup is extremely filling, and at around $3 a portion for all organic ingredients, the price tag can’t be beat.  

In a way, I’m kind of glad we were ridiculously ill. I got to eat ice pops, watch tv, and rediscover my crockpot.  

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Avgolemono (aka Greek Chicken Soup with Lemon)

Avoglemono

Make your taste buds swoon with this lovely warming winter dish.

I believe I use most foods as a way to transport lemony goodness to my taste buds.

In my opinion, lemon makes almost any dish better. I’m trying to think of a dish that would suffer if either the zest or juice of these beautiful fruits were added and I’m having a hard time coming up with something.

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Creamless Cream of Zucchini Soup

CreamlessZucchiniSoup

I’ve been on a soup kick lately because it is super easy to make and gives me a giant dose of veggies. Plus, soup has been known to keep one satiated longer which is great because I’m finding that I have to choose between eating, sleeping, or catching up on some mundane house chore. Usually, catching up on the house chores wins out (quickly followed by a small creative project) and when I finally head to bed (around 2ish) I find I’m starving.

Giant bonus, Faye completely digs this soup. I let her try a bit from her own spoon and she went nuts for it.

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