I like to make soups in the crock pot for cold winter days. That way I can prepare for the week ahead of time and have lunches to go, without the fuss. Sunday’s are a really great day to prepare and I heartily enjoy some alone time in the kitchen.
One of my favorite things to make is Crock Pot Chili. There are many variations; from ground chicken, turkey, or beef to vegetarian options with an assortment of different beans and veggies.
My recent batch was vegetarian and yummy! Find the recipe here.
Another soup I really enjoy is Chorizo Chicken Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach Soup. Again, there are several options with this soup which allows me to never get tired of eating it. Sometimes I use kale instead of spinach, vegetable instead of chicken stock, and different veggies depending on my mood.
Kaleidoscope Turkey Loaf is one of Monica’s favorites because of its bright colors, versatility and deliciousness. This recipe is so wonderful because the veggies and spices can change with the season and they add moisture and flavor to otherwise bland turkey. For winter I use grated carrots, baby peas, corn, and diced onions.
You can add soy sauce and chopped water chestnuts, Chinese five spice and top with Chinese noodles for an Asian twist. For a hint of Indian add ginger, turmeric, curry powder and cinnamon. And lastly, for an Italian-style meatloaf add chopped tomatoes, catsup, oregano and basil and a little olive oil for moisture, if needed.
Some other easy lunches:
Lentil Soup with chicken sausage added (You might also try Split Pea Soup)
Turkey Chili over a baked potato