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Winter Warm Ups With Soups and Chili

Updated on October 8, 2010


just making comfort to please the soul.
just making comfort to please the soul.

Soups and Chili are food that are really good for you it the type of food that goes in one pot and is really easy to prepare.

When it is cold outside, our bodies tend to gravitate toward foods that are naturally warming. During the winter, that means eating foods that warm us internally. There are many warming foods and cooking methods you can use to get warmed up for the winter.
One easy way to find warming foods and harmonize with the seasons is to eat local. Nature provides the foods that keep our bodies in balance throughout the year. When it’s cold out, we need to add more fuel to the furnace.

But since our grocery stores have foods from far reaches of the globe available at our fingertips year-round, we need to be more conscious about the foods we choose if we want to stay warm in the cold weather. For me one of the best foods to enjoy during the cold weather month are soups and chili these two are meals many people go to during the winter months enclosed is two recipes one for soup and the other is a chili go ahead and try these recipes then let me know how you like them.


Focus on cooked winter squashes and root vegetables, like beets, carrots, sweet potato, and parsnips. These foods are typically harvested in the fall and stored for the winter

Creamy chicken potato soup

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic or 4 large cloves, minced
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp butter
4 cups frozen diced hash brown potatoes
1 cup dry mashed potatoes
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dry parsley flakes

1 tsp dry basil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

In a large soup pot, over medium heat, saute chicken in 1 tbsp butter until golden brown and cooked through then set aside. Add remaining butter to pot, with onions, carrots and celery. Cook over medium heat, until onions start becoming translucent. Return chicken to pot, and add broth, spices, heavy cream and hash brown potatoes. Heat to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce to low heat. Add cream and mashed potatoes. Simmer 30-45 minutes until soup is heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste

Winter Texas Chili

2 1/2 pounds ground beef
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 stalks celery, diced
2 large onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
1 1/2 cups dark beer
2 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 dash Worcestershire sauce

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until brown. Drain.
In a large pot over medium heat, cook celery, onions and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in beef, tomato sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, beer, chili beans, kidney beans, cumin, chili powder, coriander, cayenne and Worcestershire. Simmer over low heat 3 hours, until flavors are well blended then serve.

I'm sure you will love these recipes so try them out during the cold winter months.

The Handicapped Chef, Carlton Haynes is owner of Triple H Catering and Consulting service and Daddy Gusters B.B.Q Inc. for more information E-mail us

creamy chicken potato soup

a very quick and easy meal to prepare.
a very quick and easy meal to prepare.

texas style chili

this chili is really easy to make and has a real deep down home flavor.
this chili is really easy to make and has a real deep down home flavor.


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