(Simple) Kale & Sausage Soup

During the colder months, my husband and I have one particular dinner obsession: soup. Soups are among my favorite comfort foods and can be as healthy or decadent as you want them to be. I make a lot of veggie and fiber-filled soups that are really filling and full of flavor, but not overly heavy or calorie-laden.

Once I figured out how simple (and delicious) it is to whip up a big pot of homemade soup (as opposed to the sodium-filled canned variety), I couldn’t stop. (I will admit that we store get Pho for take-out every now and then, because I can never make it taste as delicious as our local Vietnamese restaurant!) I make a lot of soups that are basically a combination of whatever is left in the fridge, which surprisingly almost always turn out well. There’s one “go-to” soup that I end up cooking about once a week, because it’s SO good and easy to make. I actually never measured out the ingredients until I sat down to write this recipe, but you can feel free to alter to your tastes.

There are three ingredients that really make this soup special: kale, chicken sausage and yukon gold potatoes.

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Actually, the real star of this soup is the spicy Italian chicken sausage. Be sure to buy pre-cooked chicken sausage, because it will reduce your overall cooking time. Since the sausage is so highly seasoned, you don’t need to add many more spices to the soup to achieve delicious, bold flavor. The soup itself (from start to finish) takes less than an hour to make! Sometimes I serve it with a side of bread, but honestly, the soup is filling enough on it’s own. Feel free to add in additional ingredients (like white beans, lentils, leftover chicken or turkey, carrots or mushrooms) to bulk it up even more.

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Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Hey friends! Every so often I write a recipe for Sierra Trading Post. I love this recipe, so I thought I’d share!

We’re deep into the heart of fall, and for the last few months you’ve probably seen pumpkin everything. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin cereal… you can pretty much find a pumpkin version of anything that you eat or drink. I’ve been making pumpkin bread, truffles, pancakes and any other recipe I can dream since the start of fall (when I deem it officially acceptable to start the pumpkin craze) and have loved every minute of it. But, by November, the thought of one more pumpkin-themed food usually just makes me roll my eyes, except for one recipe in particular: Pumpkin Chili.

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It’s so delicious- just trust me on this one.

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Three Cookie Recipes for Hikers

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I don't know about you, but I take extra care in planning out my energy resources for long hikes. I never just carelessly throw an energy bar in my backpack (unless it's a short hike and I really don't think I'll need a snack anyway). I'm usually up … [Continue reading]

FlapJacked Mighty Muffins [Giveaway!]

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Hey friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably me seen a few posts about FlapJacked's newest product: Mighty Muffins. I was really excited about the unveiling of these awesome protein muffins last month, because they've been in … [Continue reading]

#JoyDelivered with Door to Door Organics [Giveaway!]

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I have a love/hate relationship with going grocery shopping. I love finding new products, and looking through aisles of gorgeous, fresh food. But, I hate spending time and money doing it. I'm not the type of person that can just do one big trip once … [Continue reading]

Currently: June 2015

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Well hey there, middle of June! (Or is it technically the end of June?) I've spent the entire month with a broken pelvis, so I'm pretty darn excited that it's flying by as fast as it is. Both of my parents had planned trips (months ago) out to see me … [Continue reading]

Blend Retreat 2015

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Thanks for all of your kind words and well wishes in regards to my car accident. This past week has pretty much been a nightmare, but I'm taking it day by day and hanging in there. I'd rather talk about happier things around here, so I'm  finally … [Continue reading]

Simple Berry Breakfast Parfait

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I'm a big fan of breakfast. I'm also a big fan of lunch, dinner, snacks, happy hour, mid-morning coffee breaks.... basically I love to eat. Besides loving to eat, I also love all types of food. I'm lucky enough to not have any food allergies (knock … [Continue reading]

Currently: May 2015

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Whoa- I've been majorly slacking at posting. I'm ashamed that I couldn't even manage to get a Currently post up in the last few months! When everything else is occupying my time, blogging definitely goes by the wayside. I appreciate that the five of … [Continue reading]

Working from Home [+ Late Morning Soy Lattes]

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Working from a home office definitely has its pros and cons. The most obvious "pro" is that you get to be home- no commuting, no office drama and you can work in your pajamas all day long if you want. I've been working from home for a little over a … [Continue reading]