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Seafood Soup

Tonight’s dinner solved many issues in my kitchen.  First I had lots of vegetables in my refrigerator that either needed to be cooked or tossed in the garbage.  Second this soup can incorporate many fresh ingredients that are great this time of year.  This soup requires a lot of ingredients, but is very simple to make. 

  • 1 28 oz. can of plum tomatoes (the one I used has basil, but this is not necessary)
  • 1 15 oz. can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 5 oz. cans of clams
  • 2 8 oz. jars of clam juice
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Chicken broth or water
  • 1 lb frozen cooked shrimp
  • mixed bag of seafood from Trader Joe’s (includes shrimp, calamari, scallops)
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 package of fresh basil torn to smaller pieces
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano (you can use fresh if you have it)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • mushrooms (I used a combination of chopped portabello and shitake mushrooms)

In order to make this soup, I sprayed the bottom of a big soup pot with cooking spray and heated the pan over medium.  Then you’ll want to add the vegetables including onion, pepper, mushrooms, etc along with the garlic.  Cook this alone until soft.  Then I put in some tomatoes I had in my fridge that were getting a little soft.  Once all of this was cooked together a bit and getting soft, I added all of the clams and clam juice.  Depending on how much vegetables you have, you may want to add a bit of water or chicken broth to cover all of the vegetables.  Then add in all seasonings except salt and pepper.  Here’s a look at this point of the process.  Once the soup began to heat throughout and the flavors began to blend together, I added in the frozen seafood mixture from trader joes.  Once that was cooked through, I added the frozen shrimp since they were cooked already.  Then heat until everything is hot and season with salt and pepper.  You really can add whatever vegetables you want to this soup.  It is a very light and flavorful dinner.

On the side I made this.  Doesn’t it look like a nice fresh crusty bread…well it is.  It just happens to be gluten free also.  This is a Joan’s Gluten Free Italian BreadHer products really are some of the best I’ve tasted (and my husband too who doesn’t require a gluten free diet).  In order to make this bread, follow the directions on the back of the package.  I simply defrosted this white frozen loaf on parchment paper in the microwave.  Then I cooked it at 425 for 25 minutes until brown.  Once cooled most of the way, slice the bread and it’s ready to eat.  What could be better than crusty bread and soup?  This meal was a winner!

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Easy Any Night Dinner

There are some nights when I just don’t have the time or energy to really cook dinner. Tonight was one of those nights. I have one really good go-to meal for when I just don’t want to cook or don’t have the time to cook.
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This is the Trader Joe’s version of Amy’s Chunky Tomato Bisque.  I really love this soup, and I was never one of those Campbell’s tomato soup fans as a kid.  This soup is just chunky and creamy and wonderful.  It has a very short ingredient list and has less sodium than a lot of other canned soups.  I first learned of the Amy’s version of this soup from HungryGirl’snewsletters.  When I first started shopping at TJ’s, they had this soup and it tastes exactly the same for a much cheaper price unless Amy’s is on sale. 

Anyway, I am a fan of chunkier soups.  Even though this soup does have some chunks, I always want more chunks in my soup.  In order to make it a little more filling and chunky, I added some frozen vegetables.  I really like this blend from TJ’s for its price and quality. 

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I also had a drop of a rice blend I had made and added that to the soup.  Here is the final product.

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Really yummy and satisfying.

Also, here’s my wrap combo I will probably be making a few times for lunch this week. 

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DSC01307This is a gluten free wrap topped with a new kind of sabra hummus.  This is the spicy flavored one…it’s delicious and smooth.  I will continue to say that in my opinion, no other hummus tops this brand.  All of their flavors are great.  I topped the hummus with raw mushrooms and spinach leaves.  Then before I ate the wrap, I sliced about half an avocado and added it to the wrap.  Really yummy.  The spicy hummus went great with the avocado flavor. 

 

 

 

 

I also have to just say that Patrick Swayze lost a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer today.  I saw Dirty Dancing for the first time when I was really young, and have loved him ever since. 

Now off to watch the news and go to sleep.

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