Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

This is my most favorite soup I have ever made! It is so hearty and creamy–perfect for the single digit temps and windy nights we’ve been experiencing up here in the Midwest. My husband made a delicious potato soup last week (maybe you saw it on Insta?) so we still had broth, carrots, celery and onion waiting to be transformed into something delicious.


Roasted Curried Squash Soup

I am IN LOVE with fall. You know, all the classic parts that everyone loves — the changing colors, the cool crisp air, the pumpkin spice everything — but even those dreary, rainy days where the leaves get soggy and everything is a little chilly and dingy and dirty. Actually those days might be my favorite! Sneaking out for a walk around the neighborhood, dodging raindrops. Or a quick trip the grocery store and then scurrying back inside to roast something warm and comforting for dinner. Like this soup! You can snuggle up and get cozy with the fam while your oven does all the work and warms up your house a bit too. Then toss everything into a high speed blender for a few minutes, simmer in a pot and serve.


Although we’ve had quite a rollercoaster of weather lately, I have comfortably settled into my cool weather meal rotation already. Which means you’ll be seeing lots of soup, chili, and my personal favorite, pasta sauce! You’ll probably be seeing some pizza recipes pretty soon here because I can’t stop ordering Domino’s and Pizza Hut for dinner and it’s starting to become a problem. It never tastes as good as I think it’s going to, it’s never worth the exorbitant amount of calories, and it never makes me feel anything but stuffed and tired! But damn, it sure is easy to order online and not have to worry about putting a meal together! I have some leftover spaghetti sauce that would be a perfect pizza sauce in fact…

Cheesy Broccoli and Leek Soup

Before I was a mom I used to read all of these uplifting quotes on Facebook and scoff. You know the ones; You are good enough. You do enough. You are enough. And I always used to think they were so silly. Like, damn right I’m good enough! I don’t need some inspirational quote to tell me that?! Oh, how the tide has changed. Since becoming a mom I am constantly wondering if I am enough. Am I reading to her enough? Am I feeding her enough of the right foods? Am I snuggling her enough? Am I teaching her enough? Am I setting a good enough example for her? It’s literally a constant struggle in my mind whether I’m doing good enough, being good enough, and giving her enough.


Creamy Curried Corn and Coconut Chowder

Talk about a mouthful! Speaking of mouthfuls…get a mouthful a this chowda’ ASAP. This corn chowder is the perfect kick-off to the sweater weather and colorful scenery that are just around the corner. As Fall closes in you’ll be seeing lots of soup recipes here on Midwest Foodie. Over the years, Fall has slowly become my favorite season; usually because the summer is so dang hot that Fall is a welcomed relief! This year’s summer wasn’t even that oppressively hot though. We don’t have central air; just good ‘ol window air conditioners and I think we only turned them on a handful of times. Which was quite a different story from last summer! However last summer we had a newborn baby, so I think we just felt everything a little bit more because we were so sleep deprived. Boy am I glad those days are over. This momma needs at least 7 hours to function (although I prefer a sold 9 hours).


Spicy Sausage and Swiss Chard Soup

This soup is so perfect for this weird, rainy, crappy weather we have been experiencing and a great way to use up the chard from your CSA or the farmer’s market! Enter the raincloud:  It’s also great if you are in the process of re-homing your dog who has been your baby for the last 7 years and you’re feeling pretty blah. Our toddler and our doggie have been good friends since our daughter started crawling and being mobile. However our sweet little girl (toddler) is also pretty rough with our other sweet little girl (doggie) and no amount of discipline has seemed to work to make this situation better. Last weekend it resulted in a nip on the finger that drew blood and it was pretty traumatic for all involved. It’s not that our dog is a bad dog; she’s a lover. She loves to snuggle, give kisses and bark at squirrels. But she doesn’t love dealing with our toddler constantly exploring and pulling on her fur. And it’s not fair to keep her in her room all day (yes, she literally has her own bedroom complete with her food/water dishes, a couch, blanket and pillow that are exclusively hers to snuggle with). So in the end we decided our doggie will be better off with another loving family who doesn’t have small children. We are choosing to take action now, before something worse can potentially happen. This is where you can start judging me if that’s something you’re into.


Secret Family Recipe Chili

So you can just throw away all your other chili recipes right now–all those ones that boast they are the best in the world or even claim to be the best ever. This is the only one you will ever need. It’s got the classic duo of chili powder and cumin along with a bit of a kick from one of my secret ingredients–diced chiles in adobo (smoked, dried jalapenos in a tangy, sweet red sauce). It’s also loaded with fiber rich beans and lean ground turkey which means it’s a healthy meal that you can feel good about serving it to your family!


Roasted Tomato and Garlic Gazpacho

So I’m going to get really real with you guys. I failed at gardening this year. My husband and I got this super cute little plot in our community garden and envisioned ourselves bringing home bounties of fresh vegetables each weekend. We figured we’d have tomatoes coming out our ears and zucchini for months.  We expected juicy, ripe summer strawberries, and boat loads of green beans. We planned to get to the garden once a week to weed and a couple times a week to water. Our hearts were in the right place, I swear.