It's that time of year. You've got a zillion things going on this weekend: chauffeuring the kids to sports and play dates, friends coming over for lunch, leaf raking, and all the usual errands to run. Who has time to cook? You do, with your slow cooker doing most of the work. Soups like this slow cooker cabbage soup with chicken apple sausage, from Simple Nourished Living, cook all day while you're busy with life. Why not make a double batch, in your largest cooker (a six-quart size, at least), and freeze the leftovers for quick and easy worknight dinners?
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'Tis the season. Cold and flu season. My mother told me chicken soup would cure everything, and she was right. When I was young, we loved chicken noodle soup from a can. (Oh, so salty.) These days, I'm more likely to make my own chicken soups spicy. Either way, noodly or peppery, like this chicken fajita soup from Two Peas & Their Pod, chicken soup does the trick. I have no proof of this, but I believe that there's just as much magic healing power in the pieces of chicken as there is in the broth.
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I confess, I have turkey meatballs on the brain this week, as I'm celebrating the release of my latest e-cookbook, A Flock of Meatballs. A few turkey meatballs added to soup, stew or chili can turn a ho-hum dish into a satisfying main course. Most meatballs can be made ahead, cooked, and then frozen, to have on hand as a last-minute soup booster on busy weeknights. Though I'm not Italian, I love making this escarole-rich Italian wedding soup (pictured above), one of my original soup recipes here on Soup Chick.
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