After the life threatening birth of my first child, my mom to came stay for a while. While I was focused on caring for my fragile preemie in the NICU, she was focused on taking care of me. And like all good moms do, she made sure I was eating well.
One day she made oatmeal soup and assured me that it was what my body needed to heal and produce the nourishing milk that my baby desperately needed. She must have been right because after the first bite, I craved it like nothing else in those first few days. I am thankful for those days and her relentless care for me, though I don’t think I fully appreciated it at the time.
Over the years, there have been a few variations of this nourishing soup. Old fashioned oats make a wonderful thickener for savory stews while adding vitamins and fiber. Here is my favorite way to make it.
Sweet Potato & Oat Soup
1 Tbls olive oil or butter
1 onion, chopped
Lightly sate onion to soften
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 cups cubed sweet potato
6 cups chicken broth
¾ cup old fashioned oats
2 tsp salt
Simmer on low for 30 min or until vegies and oatmeal are cooked.
3 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded. (recipe here)
2 cups kale, chopped
Heat another 10 min, just until kale is wilted.
This soup offers 24 grams of protein, 24 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fat, so it fits nicely into an E meal for Trim Healthy Mamas. Serve it with bread or fruit to bring it up the the full 45 carbs or save room for an E dessert.
If you are tired of all these “soup” recipes, be patient! Spring is coming and with it will be lots of fun new ideas but right now we are just trying to stay warm for the rest of this long Minnesota winter.