How to Make Soups Freezer Friendly

by Laurie on November 29, 2015

Time, there is never enough of it, especially when comes to home cooking healthy meals. There are a few tricks however, you can incorporate in your week to make a healthy meal available within a few minutes. Soups are so versatile and can be easily frozen but there a few things to keep in mind so make the soup taste better once it is reheated.

Note: Making large quantities on the weekend prior to your work week is the easiest way to do this. You could even ask a few colleagues to form a soup club and each makes a soup at home and brings their soup on a certain day of the week. They just need to use the same technique described below.

1. Pick your liquids carefully. Vegetable broth or tomato based soups freeze the best. This could include chili full of beans, stews with starchy vegetables, lentils and vegetables, and so much more. Avoid any soup that has a cream base, that had flour or cornstarch to thicken it. Freezing makes it chunky.

2. Cool the soup immediately so the ingredients do not over cook. You can place the pot you cooked the soup in into a ice bath. Do not place the soup in glass jars then place in an ice bath as the rapid temperature change could cause the glass to shatter. (Don’t ask but I know this from personal experience!)

3. Ladle, pack, and label. Ladle your portions into glass or plastic containers and label so you will know exactly what you are grabbing instead trying to figure it out in a frozen state. You can freeze individual portions or family size. It depends on your circumstances. You can store frozen soups up to three months so make sure you date the containers as well.

4. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours prior to reheating. You can reheat on the stove or in a microwave. These are easy to take to work, just set them out the night before in the fridge and my lunch time they should be ready to reheat.

Hope this helps you eat healthier during a busy week! Have a blessed day and remember… Go Veggie!


365 Grateful Project

by Laurie on November 15, 2015

A friend of mine, Lonnie Northrup, wrote a book called Happiness First. It takes you through scientifically proven methods of increasing happiness. He graciously gave me rights to use it for my Lifestyle Medicine clinic that we are starting in January at my new job. You can find his book here. I strongly encourage you to get it and follow the exercises as it will likely have a profound impact upon you.

One of the stories that he recanted was that of Hailey Bartholomew and the 365 Grateful Project. She was a depressed young woman who sought the help of nun who told her to try to think of one thing a day for 10 days that she was grateful for. She took her advice and it evolved into a year long photo project of things that she was grateful for and how that simple exercise changed her life. You can see Hailey’s Ted Talk here.

So this has brought me to a place where I too want to be grateful every day. I want to see what others are grateful for and share how their lives change! Will you please consider joining me on a year long project? I will start tomorrow by posting the picture that I am grateful for on my Facebook page found here.

Every day I will start a new post with the number of the day at the top with my picture. I also created an photo album on my iPhone so I can regularly look back at my grateful photos. In each day’s post will you please share with me your photo? You can join at anytime and please share this so we can become more grateful together, every day for one year.

I can’t wait to see how our lives change as we seek out the things to be grateful for and encourage one another!


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