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Slow cooker creamy tomato soup

Slow cooker tomato soup

This has been an incredibly overwhelming time for me.

There are times when you wonder if you can really handle any more.

Over the last few months, it has not been business as usual.

Zumba classes are packed full of the most amazing students you could ever ask for. Plus I have the privilege to help many with their health goals, and I continue to partner with USANA Health Sciences so I can empower even more people to live a life they love.

This year our family business, Spruce Park Ranch Country Store, saw an increased amount of traffic and new clientele, which makes splitting your time between two businesses even more challenging.

But I love what I do… all of it.

Even though I get to do what I love every day. Life throws you a curve ball sometimes.

In the Spring of this year, my father was diagnosed with Cancer. It has been a very long past few months for everyone.

Sometimes my brain really didn’t (and sometimes doesn’t) know if I was coming or going.

Yet, the show must go on.

Classes continue, clients still need assistance, I continued to grow my residual income, and the family store will still open and the customers will be greeted with smiling faces.

So I ask you… when you have more on your plate than you know how to handle plus a family that needs you, how on earth do you eat properly?

Meal planning takes time, effort, and dedication, and right now time and additional effort are slim.

There were two things that helped keep my meals on track: my USANA Nutrimeals for shakes on the go (and there have been a whole heck of a lot of those), and my newly rediscovered love of my slow cooker.

Those two things gave me back the ability to do what I need to do right now for myself, my family, and our business while still taking care of me.

I posted an image of my Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup recipe, and I had so many requests from other mom’s looking for ways to make life a bit easier, I decided it’s time to share it.

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes with juices (796ml)
  • 2 cups of diced carrots
  • 2 cups of diced onions
  • 2 garlic gloves – crushed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbls dried basil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp (or to taste) ground pepper (I like freshly ground)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ butter (or Earth Balance)
  • ½ flour
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (or vegan parmesan or omit)
  • 2 cups of almond milk
Instructions
  1. In a large slow cooker add the tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, vegetable broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours. The cooking time will vary depending on the slow cooker. The vegetables should be soft.
  2. Remove the bay leave, and blend the soup until smooth. I ladle and transfer small batches at a time into my blender, and then empty the blender into a large bowl. I continue to do this until I have blended all the soup. If you have a glass pitcher, make sure your warm the pitcher up with tap hot water before you add hot soup to it. Otherwise you could break the glass.
  3. Return the blended soup back into the slow cooker, but reserve 4 cups.
  4. With the oil, butter, and flour, make a roux. Combine the oil and butter in a sauce pan on low. Once all melted, add the flour by sifting it over the oil mixture. Stir constantly with a whisk for about 5 minutes. The roux should be thick but not be lump and will have a very light brown colour.
  5. Slowly stir 1 cup of the reserved blended soup into the roux. Mix constantly. When the soup is mixed in, add the remaining 3 cups and continue to stir until smooth.
  6. Return the thickened soup to the slow cooker.
  7. Add the Parmesan cheese and almond milk.
  8. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more.
  9. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

Recipe inspired by Life Currents
Vegetables about to cook for slow cooker soup

The slow cooker is making my life much easier right now, and this soup is a delicious!

In times of stress it’s very easy to let things like proper meals go. You need good fuel, proper nutrition, and self care more than ever. If you do not take care of you, you are useless to everyone.

Slow cooker tomato soup

Make you a priority. Plan your meals. Make them ahead. Use the slow cooker. Ask for help! I am not ashamed to admit I asked my awesome husband to make a double batch of vegetarian lasagna so I could freeze the second in individual servings during this peak season. Plus my bestie, Sandi, took the lead learning the Zumba® routines and even pulled shifts at our store… bless her!

Even when times are tough, you have to make the choice to live a life you love!

Love,
Karen

P.S. My dad is recovering from surgery and doing great! Thank you for you overwhelming support for me and our family. We felt your love 🙂

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