I don’t know what’s been going on in my brain lately. but we’ve had a lot of “improvised” dinners. On the night of this soup invention, I had planned a dinner that would have taken more time than I ended up having.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s always wise to keep some basic proteins in your freezer. My favorites are 1 lb. packages of ground beef or turkey, individually portioned fish filets and a bag of chicken breasts or breast tenders.
We always have a variety of veggies in the crisper so with meat in the freezer and veg in the fridge, I can put something on the table. It might not be creative or fancy, but it will be food and it will be healthy.
If you have jumped on the bone broth craze (and I hope you have) you probably have some cartons of broth in your freezer too. If you don’t make your own broth, please buy a good quality broth (check ingredient labels!) and keep those in your pantry.
This whole meal was made from staples I always have on hand. If we hadn’t had these ingredients around, we would have ended up eating out, which is not horrible, but eating at home is certainly more economical and much healthier.
The bonus is that everybody loved this soup. I realize that putting chopped pickles on top of your soup may sound strange, but it was really good. I thought of this to appeal to my son, whose favorite food is…you guessed it….pickles. That and the fact that we have lots of them in the cupboard that we made and canned last year with our bumper crop of cucumbers.
My family ate this in primal mode, with the cheese that I list in the ingredients, but it would still be delicious if you left the cheese out. For a creamy component, you could add some cream from the top of your canned coconut and keep it totally paleo.
You could even alter this for the Autoimmune Protocol by swapping out the ketchup and tomato paste for about a half cup of Nomato Sauce. Obviously, you would not use the cheese either. And it would be awesome! If you haven’t made the Nomato Sauce and you are following the autoimmune protocol, I highly recommend you make a batch, divide it into portions appropriate for your family and freeze. You can use it in so many applications.
Whether you need an emergency dinner idea or not, this soup is sure to please!