Monday, September 27, 2010

Victory Ranch Soup and Hearts of Palm Salad

All of LA is crying out from the heat! I told all these fools to stop complaining about our "cool" summer! Why oh why would someone complain that we had a summer full of 75-80 degree days....crazies! The other half of my facebook is full of Texans thanking the Lord for a nice fall day. In honor of fall, and because I am so excited to see it too, I am posting a yummy soup! 

We made this while at the ranch. The original name is something like summer corn and bean soup....NO! This can totally be a fall soup, so I renamed it "Victory Ranch Soup," in honor of the ranch we made it at. While I was making this soup, I was thinking to myself, "Mom is really going to have to doctor this soup up with some of her spice magic," because it looked so plain and boring. Then we tasted it and decided it was perfect on its own. SOO easy and delicious you just can't pass it up!

Victory Ranch Soup

1 cup frozen corn
1 can white beans
1 small can diced green chilis
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 ham steak diced (1 - 1 1/2 cups diced ham)
1 can chicken broth (14 oz)
1 Tb olive oil

Chop green onions
Heat oil in a stock pot and cook onions and ham on medium heat for 3 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for 10 minutes before serving.

I love a good green salad to accompany my soup. I am not one to eat salad as my main entrĂ©e, it just doesn't fill me up, but I love it on the side. This is an easy salad that has a little more to it than my usual arugula with lemon dill dressing.

Hearts of Palm Salad
Arugula
2 Palm hearts
1 celery stalk
1/4 purple onion sliced very thin
2 Tb chopped parsley
1/2 lemon
2 Tb olive oil
salt and pepper

After slicing onion, let it sit in a bowl of cold water for 10 mins.
Chop the parsley, celery and hearts of palm.
Toss all greens. Don't toss with lemon and olive oil until just before serving or your arugula will wilt. 
This rice come in handy when I want to make a girlie meal like "soup and salad." That just won't do for Protein Boy.
This soup may not look very pretty, but trust me it is good!

1 comment:

The Lewis' said...

Light and delicious soup!! It did NOT disappoint!