Pigeon Pea Soup

I love a nice baked ham, but since I am trying to watch my sodium intake and eat less meat, I thought stretching it out with soup was a smart way to go.  I made this with dried peas that were soaked for a couple of days, but you could just as easily use cooked…

Shrimp and Coconut Soup

This is a relatively hearty soup made with shrimp and pasta in a creamy, curried broth.  It is flavored with “complete seasoning” which is a Latino blend made by Goya, Badia, and others.  It is a mix of onion powder, garlic powder, and herbs – sort of like a ranch seasoning mix.

Beef and Lentil Soup

I tend to love anything with red lentils.  They turn yellow when cooked and as they soften they also thicken a soup. This is a Caribbean recipe and is very economical.  You can also use yellow split peas, but they need around 15 more minutes to cook.

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

This is a tasty and easy to make soup.  I like it because you can leave it soupy as is, or run your immersion blender around a couple of times to make the soup thicker and creamier without adding actual cream.

Caribbean Red Bean Chili

This recipe is traditionally prepared without pork, but I added it because I had some pork that I needed to use up.  I thought this was a good way to make it into something completely new.