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A Cozy Week Of Homemade Soup

Nothing is quite as comfy as homemade soup on a cold day. Here is a breakdown of some dynamic supper soups to keep you warm and cozy throughout the winter.

A Cozy Week Of Homemade Soup - Real Plans

On a cold and dreary day, we love nothing more than a bowl of homemade soup. Throw in a comfy blanket and a glow from the fireplace – you’ve got an afternoon that cozy winter dreams are made of.

We’ve found that every good soup begins with good broth. And the best way to get good broth is to make your own.

Homemade broth gives soup the sort of deep flavor that takes time to develop (but thanks to meal planning, it’s something you can make ahead and store in the freezer).

Besides flavor, when you make broth with things like bones, feet, and tough pieces of cartilage – it has an almost medicinal quality. Folks claim that a well-made bone broth can soothe painful joints, reduce cellulite, and heal an inflamed gut.

While delicious on its own, you may want to bring in a loaf of homemade sourdough bread with a thick crust to sop up your favorite soup. Or – if grains are off the menu – some yuca plantain flatbread.

Classic turkey soup

No turkey? No problem. You can easily use chicken instead. And if your big cook day happens over the weekend, begin your work week by tossing leftover bones into the slow-cooker. At the end of the day make this classic turkey (or chicken) soup using fresh bone broth and unused bits of meat.

Trust us – butternut squash, carrots, and parsnips floating in a thyme-spiked bone broth infused with garlic is every bit as delicious as it sounds.

Seafood bisque

Seafood spoils quickly and if it sits too long in the refrigerator. It ends up in the trash instead of on your plate.

If you do most of your shopping over the weekend, you may want to make this seafood bisque early in the week and eat leftovers for lunch. It is gluten free, dairy free; and with a splash of cognac, it will take the chill out of any frosty day.

White bean chili

Not every homemade soup requires bone broth with bits of bacon sprinkled on top. Take this white bean chili, for example.

Made with vegetable stock, some hearty cannellini beans, and sweet corn – it’s completely vegetarian. With a touch of heat from chili powder and fresh jalapeno, it’s just the thing to carry you through the rest of the week. A sprinkle of cheddar, and your good to go.

Meal plan

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Timeline

Over the weekend

  • This is a great time to prepare all of the stock in preparation for the upcoming week. While each recipe may request it’s own type of stock, in most cases they can be used interchangeably, substituting chicken stock for turkey and using chicken or turkey stock in place of vegetable stock. For this week’s plan you will need to prepare about 8 quarts of your favorite stock.
  • Roast a turkey (or chicken if you’d prefer).

Monday

  • With the stock you made over the weekend and the turkey you prepared, you are well ahead of the game to putting together the Classic Turkey Soup.

Tuesday

  • In the morning, if bought frozen, thaw the wild shrimp in preparation for the Seafood Bisque. Once the shrimp is defrosted the Seafood Bisque is ready for preparation.

Wednesday

  • Since the stock is already made whipping up the white bean chili is quick and easy.

Thursday

  • In the morning, soak the raw cashews. They should soak for about 4-6 hours then you are ready to prepare the carrot ginger soup.

Friday

  • Defrost the bacon in the morning in preparation for making the sweet and spicy bacon sweet potato Soup.

Shopping list

Vegetables and herbs

  • butternut squash – 1
  • carrots – 13
  • celery – 4 stalks
  • cilantro – 1/4 cup
  • fresh ginger – 2 tablespoons
  • fresh herbs – 2 cups
  • fresh thyme – 1 teaspoon
  • fresh thyme – 1 sprig
  • garlic – 2 heads
  • green onions – 4
  • jalapeño pepper – 1
  • kale – 1 bunch
  • lemon – 1
  • lime – 1/2
  • onions – 5
  • orange – 1
  • parsnips – 4
  • red pepper – 1
  • sweet potatoes – 2 1/2 pounds

Meat and seafood

  • bacon – 4 slices
  • chicken stock – 2 gallons
  • cooked turkey – 4 cups
  • crab meat – 1/2 pound
  • turkey stock – 2 quarts
  • wild shrimp – 1/2 pound

Spices

  • bay leaf
  • chili powder
  • chipotle pepper
  • coarse sea salt
  • dried mint
  • fennel seeds
  • ground allspice
  • ground black pepper
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground cumin
  • Italian seasoning
  • paprika
  • peppercorns
  • red pepper flakes

Vinegars and oils

  • coconut oil
  • extra virgin olive oil

Frozen food

  • frozen corn – 1 1/2 cups

Eggs and dairy

  • butter – 3 tablespoons
  • cheddar cheese – 4 ounces
  • thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Grains, legumes, and flours

  • raw cashews – 1 cup

Sweeteners and Baking Supplies 

  • arrowroot – 6 tablespoons
  • maple syrup – 2 teaspoons

Canned and jarred goods

  • coconut milk – 1 cup
  • cooked cannellini beans – 6 cups
  • diced tomatoes – 14 ounces
  • vegetable stock – 1 quart
  • filtered water – 12 tablespoons
Emily Bartlett

About Emily Bartlett

Emily Bartlett is the co-founder and CEO of RealPlans.com. She's also a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, a published author, a wife, and a mom of two. Emily hopes to make meal planning easier and inspire families to share more meals around the table.

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