Soup Once a Day, Every Day, All Winter with a Use-What-You-Have Soup Variety Formula


Roasted pepper and Butternut Squash with Heavy Cream

Roasted pepper and Butternut Squash with Heavy Cream

Since the weather turned decidedly to fall from summer, we’ve been having soup every day again.  Putting it in the crock pot in the morning not only fills the house with a delicious aroma all day, but it also means that I just need to make a side dish for dinner.  We’ve been doing a soup every day and plan to continue all summer.  I normally use this little crockpot if we’re having a side, or I use a bigger one if we’re just eating the soup and possibly a salad.  If I didn’t start the crockpot in the morning, I toss it all in my stock pot, where most soups will cook in about an hour.

If you want to do this, I invite you to do the ‘use up what you have’ type formula with me.  It takes the stress out of making sure you have all the ingredients for a recipe, and

Use-What-You-Have Soup Formula

Serves 4 or 6 as a main dish, depending on the size of your crockpot

Veggie Base – Fill your crockpot 3/4 full with bite sized pieces of your base veggie: Carrots, onions, hard winter squash, celery root potatoes, sweet potatoes, or any combination of these

Veggie flavor and color – Add about a cup of green onions, shallots, peppers – anything you want to give it flavor and a little more color or texture.

Herbs and spices – Add about 1/2 teaspoon per quart of liquid of salt, 2-3 cloves of garlic, or to taste.  Fresh or powdered ginger is delicious.  Check out The Flavor Bible for perfect spice combinations for your veggies.

Acidity- add one lemon juiced, or a splash of apple cider vinegar before serving

Meat – For already cooked meat, add just before serving so it doesn’t get tough in the crockpot.

Toppings – Top each bowl with fresh herbs, coconut milk, milk kefir, yogurt, heavy cream, cheese, hot sauce, salsa, or crackers.  This can really dress up a bowl of soup and doesn’t take very long to do.

Stock- I make this easy chicken stock on Sundays, boil it down until it’s about 4 cups of liquid, add 1/4 cup of gelatin to the reduced stock, and let it firm up in the fridge.  Then cut it into cubes, this much stock does a week’s worth of soup for our family.  I use 2-3 cubes per crockpot full of soup.  If you don’t boil it down to stock cubes, use 3-6 cups of stock per batch of soup.

Water – Fill the crockpot with water after adding the rest of the ingredients.  It should be at least 3/4 full, be sure to leave about 1″ or so at the top so it doesn’t bubble over.

Cook- Cook in a crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6.  If you don’t have time to allow for crockpotting, simmer on the stove for 30-60 minutes in a stock pot.

Adding variety: You can cook chicken stock down to a reduction sauce to use on meats (we love it with meatballs), I’ll post my recipe soon. You also can enjoy it pureed (I puree before I add the meat) with an immersion blender or with big chunks.  Soup daily doesn’t have to be boring, but it IS frugal and has amazing health benefits!



Wondering how to get your kids to eat soup? Check out my article on how to get kids to eat here.

Want to see our soups as we go through a soup a day, every day, all winter? Check out my Instagram feed here!



Gut and Psychology Syndrome Introduction Diet Experiences: A group of posts by people doing the GAPS Diet


Links to blog posts about families doing the GAPS introduction diet   It’s soup season again! This is a fantastic time to think about starting the GAPS introduction diet.  Wondering what the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Introduction diet is? This explains the how and why of it here.  When you’re starting a new diet like this, especially for a child or for a whole family, it can feel like you’re really alone.  That’s where this big ol’ wonderful internet comes in wonderfully, with success stories, with stories of how different people prepared, and with the confidence of knowing that you’re not the only family who has done this!

These links go to posts about people doing the GAPS intro diet, I see great ones every month, here are a sample:

I love Red and Honey’s Who-What-When-Where-Why post describing their family starting the GAPS intro.  From her list of symptoms, her family is a pretty typical modern family with symptoms from chronic fatigue to sleeping trouble to food intolerances, which many relate to.  See her followup post here with a link to her Flicker album of GAPS pictures – I love their beautiful simplicity as well.

Jennifer of 20-Something Allergies has a post linking to all of her GAPS intros- including false starts and re-starts, which is a reality in so many families. She is so inspiring as she works to heal her daughter with over 20 food sensitivities!

Danielle of Love Love Thing (LOVE the blog name) describes what it’s like on the GAPS diet, answering the questions So what’s it like to be on the GAPS Intro Diet? Is it impossible? Is it doable? How much time and work is involved? Is it worth it?  I love where she says that if you’re cooking for a family on the GAPS intro, you’ll be cooking more than you ever thought possible! I totally relate to that!  She details her first week on the GAPS intro here as well.

Melanie of Honest Body, who we’ve already met on the blog talking about diatomaceous earth as well as cod liver oil, was greatly influenced by hearing Dr Natasha speak as she had yet again been troubled by another round of antibiotics.  This busy mom of 4 put her whole family on GAPS, I love this quote “From that point on things improved dramatically, the kids started eating vegetables, meat, broth and ferments voraciously, and we came to feel so NOURISHED.” As she talks about how great they felt after the initial few days.  See more of her story here.  And check out her GAPS class (not open now) here.

Raia has some great GAPS Intro tips in her post, she has a great recipe roundup as well.  As you’re starting the gut and psychology introduction diet, you’ll find her ‘play by play’ to be interesting – she describes what they ate during the first stages here.  As a note, fruit/raisins are now allowed on the intro stages, I think she was just giving them to the kids and doing a modified intro with them.

Eileen tells you what you need to know before you start GAPS Intro here, where she shares resources that she used for GAPS intro, and describes how she avoids stress with the GAPS Diet. She’s done the introduction diet a few times and is an experienced mom- I love her blog!

Rebecca went on GAPS intro after doing the NAET protocol to get rid of allergies – her perspective is an interesting one, I haven’t used NAET but have been meaning to look more into it. She explains more here.

Thanks to all these ladies for sharing what they did and how they did it!  It’s so much help when you’re starting a daunting task like GAPS.

Further resources: 

Do you have GAPS intro experience? We’d love to hear below – leave a link if you have one

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