Southern Bite https://southernbite.com Stacey Little's Southern Food & Recipe Blog Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meal Plan Monday #102 https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-102/ https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-102/#comments Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:56:14 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12983 Welcome to another delicious edition of Meal Plan Monday! We’re adding a few chair to kitchen table, opening up those recipe boxes, and sharing our favorite dishes with everyone for this week’s edition! If you’ve gathered…read more »

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Welcome to another delicious edition of Meal Plan Monday! We’re adding a few chair to kitchen table, opening up those recipe boxes, and sharing our favorite dishes with everyone for this week’s edition!

If you’ve gathered around the table and shared recipes with us before, welcome back! If you’re new to Meal Plan Monday, welcome!  We’re sure glad to have you!

Meal Plan Monday is the perfect place for us to share some great recipes and find new favorites.

Scroll on down to the bottom to see what everyone is sharing this week. Before you do though, make sure to check out which recipes we fell in love with last week!

 

Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti with Sauce from 5 Dollar Dinners

 

Sheet Pan Dinner from The Speedy Spatula

sheet pan dinner

 

French Bread Pizza from Kelly Lynn Sweets and Treats

 

One Pot Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder from No Plate Like Home

One Pot Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

 

OUR HOST RECIPE THIS WEEK

My Favorite Way to Roast a Whole Chicken from Big Bear’s Wife

My Favorite Way to Roast a Whole Chicken - There are tons of ways to roast a chicken but this is My Favorite Way to Roast a Whole Chicken! It's great to eat as is, perfect for topping salads, chicken pot pie or chicken salad!

 

 


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Chicken Bog https://southernbite.com/chickenbog/ https://southernbite.com/chickenbog/#comments Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:01:50 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12967 Chicken Bog.  Chicken Pilau. Chicken Perlo.  Chicken Pilaf.  While there are many variations (and names) of this dish, Chicken Bog is what it’s always been called at our house.  This rustic, homey dish of chicken,…read more »

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Chicken Bog, Chicken Perlo, Chicken Pilau - regardless of what you call it, I just call it delicious. This rustic dish of chicken, sausage, and rice is a family favorite recipe!
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Chicken Bog.  Chicken Pilau. Chicken Perlo.  Chicken Pilaf.  While there are many variations (and names) of this dish, Chicken Bog is what it’s always been called at our house.  This rustic, homey dish of chicken, rice, and sausage has always been a comfort food.  Growing up, it was also pretty economical being that the ingredients are few but it makes a lot.

Many argue that there are actual variations between the Bog, Pilau, and Pilaf versions of the dish and most of them seem to hinge on the amount of liquid in the them.  I can’t argument for or against that idea, only that Chicken Bog is what it’s always been at our house and this is the method my mom has used to make it for years.

Chicken Bog, Chicken Perlo, Chicken Pilau - regardless of what you call it, I just call it delicious. This rustic dish of chicken, sausage, and rice is a family favorite recipe! Now, let’s get to the name.  Chicken Bog.  Doesn’t exactly sound appetizing, right?  I’ll never forget the first time I told my wife, then girlfriend, we were having Chicken Bog for supper.  A puzzled look came across her face.  “You’re having what?” she asked.  “That sounds terrible!” she said.

There are a couple theories behind the moniker.  Some say because it’s thick and sticky, it’s called bog.  Others claim that the chicken gets bogged down in the rice.  Still others say that the name comes from the swampy, bog-like low country area in South Carolina where the dish originated.  My mom lived in Florence, South Carolina for a while and picked up the dish from a native South Carolinian.  Regardless of what you call it, I just call it delicious.

Chicken Bog, Chicken Perlo, Chicken Pilau - regardless of what you call it, I just call it delicious. This rustic dish of chicken, sausage, and rice is a family favorite recipe!

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Chicken Bog
 
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Serves: 8 to 10
Ingredients
  • 1 (4 to 5 lb) whole chicken
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 (14-ounce) package smoked sausage
  • 4 cups long grain rice
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. If included, remove and discard the chicken innards. Add the chicken and the neck (if included) to a large stock pot.
  2. Wash and coarsely chop the celery. Peel and quarter the onion. Peel and smash the garlic with the side of a knife. Add the celery, onion, and garlic to the pot. Add enough water to just cover the chicken. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper then stir. Simmer the chicken for 40 to 60 minutes or until cooked through, being cautious not to boil. Boiling the chicken will result it dry, tough meat.
  3. Once cooked, remove the chicken to a plate to cool. Then remove and shred the meat, discard the skin, bones, and neck. Set the meat aside.
  4. Strain the broth from the pot through a fine mesh strainer and set aside.
  5. In a large Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid, add the butter and melt. Slice the sausage in ⅓-inch slices and add it to the butter. Cook over medium-low heat to just brown the sausage. Add 8 cups of the reserved broth to the pot and bring to a rolling boil. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Add the rice and stir well. Add the shredded chicken. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Add additional broth if necessary. Serve immediately.

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Chicken Bog, Chicken Perlo, Chicken Pilau - regardless of what you call it, I just call it delicious. This rustic dish of chicken, sausage, and rice is a family favorite recipe!
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Meal Plan Monday #101 https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-101/ https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-101/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:47:14 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12960 Need a bit of help with your weekly meal plan? We’ve got you covered! Thanks for joining us at Meal Plan Monday. Some of your favorite food bloggers come together to give you a variety…read more »

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Need a bit of help with your weekly meal plan? We’ve got you covered! Thanks for joining us at Meal Plan Monday. Some of your favorite food bloggers come together to give you a variety of recipe options to help you menu plan for a week. Pull up a chair and have a look at all of the delicious meal ideas you can put on the table for your family.

Let’s get started with a few features that were enjoyed from last week.

Pound Cake with Sweetened Condensed Milk from Back to my Southern Roots

 

Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole from 4 Sons R Us

 

Stuffed French Toast from Biscuits and Burlap

Our host recipe this week

Cajun Dirty Rice from Julia’s Simply Southern

If you missed last week’s Meal Plan Monday you can see all of those recipes HERE

NEW Recipes for Meal Plan Monday #101


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Strawberry Favorites https://southernbite.com/strawberry-favorites/ https://southernbite.com/strawberry-favorites/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:57:15 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12954 In the South, we’re starting to see those delicious Plant City, Florida strawberries show up in grocery stores.  For us, it’s the first peek at spring and being that we’ve seen snow in lower Alabama…read more »

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In the South, we’re starting to see those delicious Plant City, Florida strawberries show up in grocery stores.  For us, it’s the first peek at spring and being that we’ve seen snow in lower Alabama twice this year, I’m ready for it! I’ve already bought 5 or 6 quarts and I can say that they seem especially sweet this year.

Did you know that a cup of strawberries is only about 55 calories?  I’ll be honest, my favorite way to east strawberries it to slice them, sprinkle them with a little sugar, and drizzle a little lime juice over them.  Yum!

When I want something a little more decadent, I opt for some of these amazing recipes to take full advantage of all those sweet berries…

Strawberry Delight

Best Strawberry Sheet Cake

Strawberry Bread 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberries and Cream Biscuits

These Strawberry Shortcakes with Sweet Cream Cheese Biscuits are the stuff dreams are made of. Seriously.Strawberry Shortcakes with Sweet Cream Cheese Biscuits

Strawberry Lemon Lush

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Meal Plan Monday #100 https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-100/ https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-100/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:00:06 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12935 Wow!  Welcome to our 100th edition of Meal Plan Monday!  For 100 weeks we’ve been bringing you recipes from your favorite bloggers to help make getting a home-cooked meal on the table easier!  We appreciate…read more »

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Wow!  Welcome to our 100th edition of Meal Plan Monday!  For 100 weeks we’ve been bringing you recipes from your favorite bloggers to help make getting a home-cooked meal on the table easier!  We appreciate you coming back each week and hope you’ll keep coming back for 100 more!

To our blogger friends: We thank you so much for coming back each week to add your deliciousness to our round-up!  We couldn’t do this without y’all!

Now, let’s get into this week’s amazing recipes…


Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak – Soulfully Made

Baked Spaghetti – Mom Loves Baking

Red Velvet Cake – Cooking with K

Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup – Southern Bite



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Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup and Saying Goodbye https://southernbite.com/instant-pot-stuffed-cabbage-soup-saying-goodbye/ https://southernbite.com/instant-pot-stuffed-cabbage-soup-saying-goodbye/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:31:40 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12865 I’ve read a lot lately about how folks are getting annoyed with all the stories on food blogs – saying that they just want to get to the recipes. Well, folks, if that’s the reason…read more »

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I’ve read a lot lately about how folks are getting annoyed with all the stories on food blogs – saying that they just want to get to the recipes. Well, folks, if that’s the reason you’re here, you can click to the recipe right here.

For those of you who aren’t here just for the recipes, this is one of those stories. And it’s long and probably a little sad. And it’s taken me a week to get to the point to be able to write it. So, if you take the time to read it, I’d sure appreciate it. Writing is therapeutic for me and hopefully you’ll get a little something out of it too. If you’ve ever loved a pet, this will make sense to you.  This isn’t going to be easy.  Y’all bear with me…

Last Tuesday was quite possibly the hardest day of my adult life.

In 2004, I was a 23 year old kid with a brand new job, a house, and was just getting my life started. But I was lonely. But that all changed when I walked into a pet store with one of my coworkers. Out front was a lady and a little girl with a box of puppies. Immediately it seemed like the perfect solution for my loneliness. Peering into the box, I found two puppies left. A beautiful tan and white one and another black and brown one that just wasn’t nearly as cute. I instantly thought the tan and white one was perfect, but the lady said that she was already spoken for. Having my heart set on taking a puppy home, I took the black and brown puppy reluctantly. I named her Sadie.

She was just what I needed. She met me at the door every evening with a wagging tail. We did everything together. She became my best friend.

The ugly little puppy grew into a precious dog. She was small, but had a big personality. I loved that dog like I never knew I could love something.

As life happened, she was always there.

She was guarded when Heather and I started dating but eventually warmed up to her. We got married and she and Heather’s dog Bailey hated one another. But they eventually connected and became inseparable.

We brought Jack home from the hospital and she took to him immediately. The first night he was home, she slept under his crib. She was very protective was instantly beside him any time he would cry. We often called Jack her baby. She loved that boy.

Two years ago, during their annual check up at the vet, we expected to get bad news about Bailey. She was a bit older and we felt like her health was starting to decline. That wasn’t the news we got. Sadie was in renal failure. I left that day devastated. I had no idea I’d actually get two more years with my sweet girl.

At the most recent vet visit, the doctor said Sadie’s levels were near perfect. We were able to control most of her problems with diet which was such a blessing.

We thought things were better. And they were better.

But the last few weeks have been tough. She started losing weight fast. She slept a lot of the time. She barely ate. I called the vet. They told me she was probably in the final stages of renal failure. But even knowing that and seeing the gradual decline in no way prepared me for last Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, seeing her constantly tremble, it broke my heart. Each evening I would make her some rice and broth and add a vitamin and iron supplement the vet gave her in the hopes it would help. It didn’t. I couldn’t bring myself to do it, so I had Heather call the vet and make the appointment. THE APPOINTMENT.  Tuesday afternoon at 3:00. It was a death sentence of my girl.

Tuesday I stayed home. It was a great day for her. She met me by my bedside that morning. She wagged her tail. She hadn’t done that in weeks. We snuggled on the couch. We shared popcorn – her favorite thing. She was happy. She ran outside. She seemed so much better. The feeling of dread faded. There’s was no way the vet was going to tell me I needed to put her down today. This dog wasn’t ready yet.

At 2:45 I grabbed her blanket and loaded her up in the car. She didn’t sit over in the passenger seat like she had been, she climbed over in my lap and stuck her face to the window. We took the long way through town. She wagged her tail more.

At the vet they did blood work. When the vet came back in, I knew it wasn’t good news. He’s been our vet since I was a child; he’s just like an old family friend. He explained that her kidneys were gone. He said that it was just a matter of time. I told him she was doing so well today. He explained that often in this situation, there would be good days and bad days. I knew that was true from the last few weeks. He was right. It was just a matter of time. I couldn’t let my girl suffer.

Watching her take her last breaths was the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. I rubbed the spot right between her eyes down the length of her nose… it was our thing. I closed her eyes. I sobbed. The vet hugged me. I took her collar off. I got in the car and just drove.

I’m fortunate to have had very little experience with death in my life, so this was uncharted territory. Not only did she die, but I was the reason. I made a decision to end her life. The immediate guilt was nearly unbearable.

The first few days were pretty tough. Every single thing reminded me of her and brought me to tears. I got in my car to find her distinctly colored two-tone hair on my steering wheel. Each morning, I would find her favorite bed… empty. Bailey is just lost. She’s nearly blind now and just keeps wandering the house looking for her. It’s emotionally crushing.

But the one thing that a week has taught me is that I made the right decision. She’s no longer suffering.  She didn’t deserve that.  The only pther option we had was to start blood transfusions and there’s no reason to put a nearly 14 year old dog through that. It was just prolonging the inevitable.

You see, what I did – making the decision – is part of the deal. When we agree to accept the love of a dog, we agree to make the decision to end their pain when the time comes. Our dogs do an amazing job of taking our heartache and pain away and we have to do the same for them. So many times she consoled and comforted me and my last expression of love was to do the same for her. In the days following her death a dear friend told me that having a pet is both the best and worst thing we can do for our hearts. And while the pain is still immense, I know it will fade and I’ll be left with the memories of the happy times. I won’t remember what this feels like. I will remember her opening presents on Christmas morning with her little paws and teeth and shredding the paper into a thousand pieces. I will remember her licking Jack on the head the first day we brought him home. And I will remember her leading Bailey around the house when she started losing her sight. I will remember her her dancing around in excitement when she’d see me opening a new chew toy for her. I will remember my sweet girl fondly.  I will remember the good times. But right now… right now, it just hurts.


There’s no great transition – no way to connect the story with the recipe.  Except to say that in times of sadness, comfort foods seem to help – even if just a little bit.  My mom’s Stuffed Cabbage is one of my favorite comfort foods, so it only makes sense to share this Instant Pot Soup version of her classic recipe.

Use your Instant Pot pressure cooker to cook up this delicious and easy Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe!

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I’ll admit to being a little late to the Instant Pot craze, but will say that I’ve used an electric pressure cooker for years.  I just love how easy it makes hard cooking a bunch of eggs and they’re so easy to peel!

That said, when my mom bought one she dropped it off by the test kitchen for me to experiment with one day.  I was really wanting some of my Stuffed Cabbage Soup and thought, “Hey, that should work in the Instant Pot!”  And boy did it ever!?!  It was amazing and had such a rich delicious flavor!

Use your Instant Pot pressure cooker to cook up this delicious and easy Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe!This recipe was already pretty easy, but to be able to get so much flavor out of the ingredients in such a short time, this is really a game changer.

Use your Instant Pot pressure cooker to cook up this delicious and easy Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe!The end product really ends up closer to stew than a soup, but “Cabbage Roll Stew” just doesn’t have quite the same ring.  🙂  Regardless, it’s delicious!

Use your Instant Pot pressure cooker to cook up this delicious and easy Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe!

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Did you get an Instant Pot recently?  Where are you finding your favorite recipes?  I’d love to hear!

Don’t have an Instant Pot?  Check out my stovetop version of this recipe!

Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups vegetable juice (like V8)
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 small head cabbage, cored and chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Turn your Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker) to the sauté or brown function and allow it warm slightly. Add the ground beef and cook with the lid off, stirring frequently, until it is no longer pink. Drain anyway any grease. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes with the juice, vegetable juice, beef broth, rice, and cabbage and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put the lid on the pot and set the steam vent to "sealing" or seal. Set the cooker for 15 minutes on high pressure. Once the cook time has finished, carefully use the quick release function to allow the steam to escape. Taste for additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

 

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Meal Plan Monday #99 https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-99/ https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-99/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:45:41 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12894 Hey, y’all!  This week’s Meal Plan Monday features recipes taht are full of flavor, simple to make and easy on the budget! From comforting baked ziti to bright, lemon cheesecake, festive meatball sliders and savory…read more »

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Hey, y’all!  This week’s Meal Plan Monday features recipes taht are full of flavor, simple to make and easy on the budget! From comforting baked ziti to bright, lemon cheesecake, festive meatball sliders and savory roast chicken, we have something for everyone. We are so happy that week after week, some of your favorite bloggers share their kitchen creations with us. Here at Meal Plan Monday we love sharing recipes and are passionate about helping busy families get supper on the table, night after night. If you are new here, please take a few minutes to look around. Scroll down to see all our featured dishes and click on the link below the photo to get the full recipe. Then, make sure you check out all the smaller photos of recipes that bloggers are sharing this week!

Our Featured Recipes This Week ~
meal plan monday baked zitiBaked Ziti from Cooking With Carlee

meal plan monday lemon pieEasy Creamy Lemon Cheesecake from No Plate Like Home

Hawaiian Meatball Sliders on meal plan mondayHawaiian Meatball Sliders from Restless Chipotle

and from our host A Southern Souljuicy tender lemon roast chicken in cast iron with onions and garlic*Perfect* Lemon Roast Chicken


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Chili Mac https://southernbite.com/chili-mac/ https://southernbite.com/chili-mac/#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:50:23 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12881   Read the first part of this post over on the Southern Living blog. Chili Mac is one of those nostalgic and super delicious meals that just makes you feel good inside!  It’s the perfect…read more »

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Chili Mac is one of those nostalgic and super delicious meals that just makes you feel good inside!  It’s the perfect cold weather food and this version is ooey, gooey perfection!

This Chili Mac recipe is quick, easy, ooey-gooey perfection.The best part is since it all cooks in one pot, (even the pasta), there are fewer dishes to wash!  And everyone loves that.

It’s funny.  When Heather and I got married, the deal was that I’d do the cooking and she’d do the cleaning.  Unfortunately for her, neither of us knew I’d have a career in food.  And while she never complains, I know she enjoys  meals with less to wash.  And don’t worry, I DO help her with the dishes now.  🙂

This Chili Mac recipe is quick, easy, ooey-gooey perfection.So when you’re craving some comfort food, whip up a batch of my easy, cheesy, Chili Mac!  My family just loves it and I know yours will, too!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  Y’all enjoy!

This Chili Mac recipe is quick, easy, ooey-gooey perfection.

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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 (1.25 to 1.75-ounce) packets of chili seasoning
  • 1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large Dutch oven, brown the ground beef with the onions over medium high heat. Drain away any grease.
  2. Return the meat and onions to the heat and add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the beef broth, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes with the juice, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the uncooked pasta. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and pasta are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. When ready to serve add the cheese. Stir until melted.

 

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Meal Plan Monday #98 https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-98/ https://southernbite.com/meal-plan-monday-98/#comments Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:35:19 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12873 Hey y’all! Welcome, welcome to another delicious edition of Meal Plan Monday, the link up where we bring you some of the most amazing recipes from your favorite food bloggers around the web – all…read more »

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Hey y’all! Welcome, welcome to another delicious edition of Meal Plan Monday, the link up where we bring you some of the most amazing recipes from your favorite food bloggers around the web – all in one place. Supper inspiration doesn’t get any easier than this, folks!

Let’s dive on in and check out our features! When you’re done perusing those, scroll down to the bottom to see the latest 100+ recipes added to our roundup!

Easy Chicken and Noodles: Quick Comfort Food from Restless Chipotle

Loaded Peanut Butter Cup Blondies from Call Me PMC

Baked Chicken and Gravy from Back To My Southern Roots

 

And this week’s Featured Host Recipe Is:

Aunt Cathie’s Grape Salad from Southern Plate


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Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Soup https://southernbite.com/quick-easy-vegetable-beef-soup/ https://southernbite.com/quick-easy-vegetable-beef-soup/#comments Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:43:18 +0000 https://southernbite.com/?p=12849 Nothing beats my Mom’s slow-cooked vegetable soup.  It’s a labor of love that starts with stew meat in the slow cooker overnight and is finished the next day with tons of fresh veggies.  As a…read more »

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This delicious homemade vegetable beef soup recipe only takes about 45 minutes and is so easy!
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Nothing beats my Mom’s slow-cooked vegetable soup.  It’s a labor of love that starts with stew meat in the slow cooker overnight and is finished the next day with tons of fresh veggies.  As a kid I could often convince her to add macaroni too.  It’s amazing and so chock full of flavor.  It’s my favorite cold weather food.  Served with some delicious cornbread (be it my Hot Water Cornbread of this delicious 5-Ingredient Cornbread from FaveSouthernRecipes) and it might be one of my all time favorites!  Nothing says “home” quite like it.

This delicious homemade vegetable beef soup recipe only takes about 45 minutes and is so easy! But I don’t always have time to invest into a recipe quite like that one.  So I took her classic recipe, altered the recipe a bit, and made it super simple and pretty dang quick.  With a few shortcuts, you can have the delicious flavor of Mom’s vegetable soup in 45 minutes or less!  And this one ain’t missing out on flavor… seriously!  An easier recipe certainly doesn’t mean a bland recipe!

This delicious homemade vegetable beef soup recipe only takes about 45 minutes and is so easy! A few things to consider…  Make sure to pay attention to the type of mixed veggies you buy.  There are some varieties out there that are a mix specifically for soups.  It might have some onion already in there, so you’ll need to decide if you want to eliminate the fresh called for in the recipe.  Some of them I’ve seen even have potatoes in them, so that can be another time saver.  I just prefer the texture of fresh potatoes and typically like lots of them in my vegetable soup.  The bag I used for this recipe had lima beans, green beans, carrots, corn, peas, and okra in it.  It was the PERFECT blend!

Y’all are going to love this one.  I just know!  Give it a try and let me know in the comment below.  I just love hearing from y’all!  Enjoy!

 

UPDATE: I’ve had lots of questions about the tablespoon of vinegar at the end of the recipe.  This gives the soup of bright pop of flavor since this is such a short cook time.  You won’t taste the vinegar at all, I promise.  But don’t leave it out!  🙂

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Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Soup
 
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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton beef broth (4 cups)
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into ¾-inch chunks
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain any excess fat away. Return the met to the pot and add the onions. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly for about a minute. Add the beef broth and chopped potatoes. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the tomato sauce, tomatoes (undrained), and frozen mixed vegetables. Return to a boil ,then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until the potatoes and vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then stir in a tablespoon of white vinegar.

 

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