Soup for the soul

Warm up this winter with these hearty, tasty and of course easy to prepare soup recipes.

Soup (photo credit: Courtesy)
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Soups are good are the perfect dinner all winter long.  What could be easier than making a soup in a crock pot? Stick the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning or early afternoon and walk away until dinner time.  Perfect for the chef and the consumer!
Chicken Chowder

-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes or strips
-2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans potato soup
-2 cups frozen corn
-4 cups chicken broth
-1 onion, chopped
-2 stalks celery, sliced
-4 carrots, peeled and sliced
-1 teaspoon dill
-½ cup nondairy creamer
1. Place all ingredients except nondairy creamer in crock pot. 
2. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. 
3. Remove from heat and immediately stir in nondairy creamer.  Let sit for 5 minutes and serve.
Black Bean and Potato Soup
-6 cups beef broth
-1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
-2 potatoes, peeled and diced
-½ pound smoked turkey, cut into chunks
-1 (4 ounce) can roasted green chiles (or 1 large green chile, diced)
-½ onion, diced
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 teaspoon oregano

1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or, if you are in a hurry, on high for about 3 to 4 hours.

-1 head cabbage, shredded
-1-1/2 pounds beets, peeled and thinly sliced
-5 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
-1 parsnip, peeled and cut into chunks
-1 onion, chopped
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-2 pounds stew meat, cut into cubes or 2 pounds flanken (my preference)
-1 (14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, NOT drained
-4 cups beef broth
-¼ cup lemon juice
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1 teaspoon black pepper
1. Place all ingredients in crock pot and cover.  Cook on low for about 8 hours