>> Friday, March 21, 2014
Thanks for all your enthusiasm about my Aldi posts. I'm feeling really good about finding a less expensive food source for my family. One of the most requested additions to this series has been recipes -- so I thought I'd start posting some of the foods I'm making that use Aldi ingredients entirely.
I make at least two soups/stews a week in the crock pot. One is usually a crazy mix of whatever veggies and beans we have left over. I make it before heading to the grocery store + it helps me get a handle on exactly what I need to put on my list that week. The other is usually something a little more creative or experimental.
Like this lightened-up Cheesy Potato Soup!
CHEESY POTATO SOUP
a lighter, veggie-filled option for this old favorite
What you'll need . . .
- 3-4 large potatoes (sweet potatoes would work, too!), peeled + cubed
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 10-12 white mushrooms, chopped + stems removed
- 8 ounces cheese of choice, cubed -- I used mostly Colby-Jack
- 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1-1/2 cups almond milk (or substitute)
- 4-5 cups water, whatever fills up the pot
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- I also think smoked paprika would taste great!
Method . . .
- Toss all solid ingredients in your crock pot and then pour in the Greek yogurt, almond milk, water, and spices.
- Mix to incorporate everything fully, then set on HIGH for about 4 hours. Soup is "done" when potatoes are softened.
- Simply let cool a bit and then transfer into your blender (we use a our Ninja) and blend until smooth.
And after you blend . . .
A crockpot full of this soup is enough for a hearty lunch-side for two people all week or at least several good-sized dinners. I love sneaking in extra veggies for both flavor and nutrition -- all on the cheap. To read more of my Aldi posts (which are totally #notsponsored), click here.
I'll be back next week with our favorite Aldi meal -- loaded quesadillas. Don't forget to check out my Whole Wheat Naan recipe + cooking video. And if you have kids, today I wrote some tips for how I keep up with Ada.
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