Happy New Year to you!
In honor of the start of 2015, I would like to share my favorite New Year’s Day tradition with you today.
Every New Year’s Day I cook a really soothing, scrumptious dinner for my family. Something that’s relatively easy and is helpful for those who might be feeling a little “out of sorts” from indulging in rich foods and drinks over the holidays.
Here are the recipes for a satisfying, easy to prepare soup and salad that are positively scrumptious. I’ll be making them for my kids today and thought you would enjoy trying them as well.
So without further ado, here are the recipes for:
- Potato-Leek Soup and
- Simple Spring Mix Salad
3 tablespoons butter
3 large leeks (white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and thoroughly rinsed
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
5 cups chicken stock or broth, plus more for thinning soup if needed
1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon chicken base
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (for garnish)
Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks, stir to coat with butter. Cover pan, reduce heat to low and cook until leeks are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add potatoes; cover and cook stirring often for another 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not brown. Add an additional 1 tablespoon butter if potatoes begin to stick.
Add stock or broth and bouillon or chicken base, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.
Puree soup in batches in food processor or blender until smooth, or use an immersion blender for a chunkier soup. Thin with additional stock or broth if soup is too thick. Season with salt and pepper.
Return soup to stove and heat until just simmering. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with chives.
Serve with crusty bread if desired.
Simple Spring Mix Salad
For the salad:
1 5oz. package spring mix salad greens, rinsed and drained
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
For the dressing:
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup champagne or apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
Divide greens, cucumber slices and tomatoes among 4 salad plates or bowls.
Combine dressing ingredients and drizzle desired amount on each salad. Leftover dressing keeps for about 1 week in the refrigerator.
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What a nice way to begin the New Year!
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May 2015 be full of success and happiness for you, and may God bless you and your family.