Soups

Easy Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

So…I had a problem when I was photographing this Chicken Tortilla Soup. No it was not the tortilla chips (although thanks for the vote of confidence). This. Soup. Is. So. Good. It’s like…”put-it-in-the-crockpot-and-go-back-every-five-minutes-to-test-and-see-if-it’s-still-good” good. It’s…”take a small slurp between every shot you take of the recipe” good. It’s “this-soup-may-never-make-it-to-the-dinner-table” good! Thankfully, this is a big batch recipe, so that didn’t happen. …

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Spaghetti Squash Ramen with Shrimp

Spaghetti squash ramen. I know what you’re thinking. “Why for, Nik?” Ok so here’s the truth. I grew up in what one might describe as a…humble…household. And so there were days when ramen was dinner. Which I did not mind at ALL. So let’s get the obvious out of the way. YES ramen is basically noodles and liquid, neither of which …

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Spicy Chipotle Pork Stew

Question: You ever open the freezer, see the same old meats you always buy, think about making them in the same old ways you always made them, and want to walk in the other direction? That was me last week. I had some country pork ribs. And usually I do the same thing to them. I season them, slow cook …

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Panera Knock-Off: Nik’s “Something Chicken Stew”

 “This looks fancy…” That was my youngest daughter’s reaction when she looked at the contents of the slightly modified bowl I presented her this past weekend. (I’ll tell you why the modification in a sec.) Now to her, “fancy” is a good adjective. With the elder girl, not so much. I was quite pleased how this recipe turned out, mostly …

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BF Top 5: Soup for the Weight Loss Surgery Soul

Baby, it’s cold outside! I hear it even snowed in Southern California. Wow. Cold times, in my mind at least, call for SOUP! I get asked about soup a lot. Technically soup sort of violates the whole “no eating and drinking together” rule. I tend to eat the “guts” out of soup (the meat and veggies) and leave the broth or …

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Nik’s Peanut Stew

Don’t ask me why, but I’m always hesitant to share recipes that use specialty ingredients. I guess I want you guys all to have fair access to the food I make, but I think my egalitarian attitude has prevented far too many recipes from going on this blog. Well, the buck stops here! I was poking around on Pinterest and found …

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Nik's Roasted Red Pepper Puree Soup

Show here with two Parmesan crisps. To make, simply bake small heaps of Parmesan cheese in a 350 degree oven until they harden, about 12 minutes. I like this soup. A LOT. What I like best about it is its versatility. For newer post-ops this soup is quick, comforting and gives you something that is not sweet. For longer-term folks …

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#PWMF Recipe Contest Dinner Winner: Erin’s Creamy Chicken Fajita Soup

    (Heh…Dinner Winner…ok…moving along…)   Dinner! I don’t know about you but it’s always been a challenging meal for me. I think it’s the finality of it all. Like dinner. It means you’re, like, done. With food. For the rest of the day. (In my head.) My issues aside, a good, WLS-friendly dinner the entire family can eat is …

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Italian Sausage & Lentil Soup

Thankfully I still have some of this so a better pic is forthcoming! I have a confession to make. I actually go out to eat quite a bit. Much as I love cooking, I also love the restaurant experience. Being six years out, the habits of a WLSer with regards to restaurant eating are pretty second nature. I usually never …

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Kale & Quinoa Soup

  Those of you who were on Facebook and Twitter last night, and experienced my impromptu “cook-a-long” may wonder what prompted me to make soup, from scratch, after 10 p.m. And that would be a valid question. Yesterday I had a small bout of LPS (Little Pouch Syndrome, or, when you just get full very fast with very little food). …

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