Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone and now is the time everyone evaluates what they want to accomplish in this calendar year. When you read the title of this post what is the first thought that pops into your mind? New Year, New You, Attitude, Goals, etc. Have you made your resolutions and started working on them already?

Most people generally think “this is the year that I reach my goal of weight loss or physical goal.” Often times busy schedules, breaking of habits, and balancing life can get in the way of goals that are set to start the year off right.  This year, perhaps take a different approach and set small, obtainable goals throughout the year. How awesome will it feel once you accomplish a small goal?  More importantly, you will have even more  motivation to push forward to the next goal.  Remember, this thing called life is a marathon, not a sprint and in the great scheme of things, one year is a very short amount of time.

CrossFit Journal posted an article titled “Diet Liars: “You’ll Never Believe What I Really Ate”. In the article a coach said: “people tend to overestimate the quality of the nutrition (they’re getting) and underestimate the quantities they’re eating”.  Once you make nutrition a priority and be consistent with a healthy lifestyle it won’t seem like a chore anymore. It will be just the way of life.  What better way to lead your life by example?  Just think, if you have children that look up to you, they will learn nutritional and lifestyle choices from your behavior.  Spouses, co-workers and other family members will also start to follow your lead.

Here is to a wonderful 2018 and to reaching all of your goals, regardless of what they are!

Now, time for a recipe!

Normally, this time of year is cold and sometimes a little rainy, and a good soup would be so good! Well, it isn’t cold and definitely not raining, but here is a soup recipe to help get us into the winter season. Soup is delicious and let’s be honest, it is just so comforting.

For this recipe, you can either get your instant pot out or your slow cooker (also known as crock pot). This is from a website called Fed and Fit and the creator is a hoot! Who doesn’t like easy recipes that everyone in the family will love? Well, let me tell you, Loaded Instant Pot Potato Soup is a sure winner.

This recipe is much lighter than traditional soups and tastes amazing! One tip, taste as you add the lemon juice. Depending on the size of your lemon, the soup may have a little more zip. For a healthier option, try switching out the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

Recipe by Cassy Joy; http://fedandfit.com/instant-pot-loaded-potato-soup/

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of bacon, diced
  • 3 pounds baby gold potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For Toppings

  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions

  1.  Set Instant Pot to ‘saute’ mode and add bacon pieces. Cook for about 5 minutes until bacon is crispy and fat is fully rendered. Turn off the pot and remove bacon and excess bacon grease, leaving 1-2 tablespoons.
  2. Add the potatoes, chicken broth, and salt to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the pot and ensure the pressure valve is closed. Press the ‘manual’ button and set to cook for 45 minutes. The pot will have to come up to pressure and then the countdown will begin.
  3. Once the timer goes off, manually release the pressure valve carefully. Once the pot has stopped releasing steam, open the lid.
  4. Remove about half of the potatoes from the pot and place in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Puree the remaining potatoes and broth with an Immersion Blender. Then, stir in the sour cream, lemon juice, and remaining seasonings.
  6. Stir in the cooked bacon pieces and potatoes, then taste for seasoning and add more if needed.
  7. Serve alongside additional sour cream, cheese, and chives for topping.

by Cassy

Recipe Notes

For dairy free:

Substitute with Paleo sour cream recipe from the Fed & Fit Book and top with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

To make in the slow cooker:

  1. Crisp bacon on the stove in a pan over medium-high heat. Remove bacon and set aside. Add 1-2 tablespoons bacon grease to slow cooker along with potatoes, chicken broth, and salt.
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Follow the recipe from step 4 onward.

 

Macro Breakdown*:
Number of Servings: 12-14
Per Serving (Before adding any toppings and using Greek Yogurt rather than sour cream):
Calories: 183
Fat: 7.8
Carbs: 17.6
Protein: 9.1

*To calculate the macro breakdown, you can use My Fitness Pal, add a Recipe and then scan all the items used and the amount/weight of each item used.

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