Sunday, 15 January 2012

Loaded Question

What can you eat if you can't chew anything? 

Recently I had to rack my brain to come up with a bunch of ideas for chew-less meals because Luke just had his wisdom teeth out. 

First on my list of meals to try was soup; particularly pureed soups. But I didn't want just any soup. I wanted something fun because having your wisdom teeth out is the complete opposite of fun. 

So I revamped one of my favourite things into a pureed soup. 

What was it? 

None other than the simple baked potato. 

Loaded Potato Soup - serves 4


6-8 cups of chicken broth, homemade or purchased
3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 bunch of leeks, only the white and light green parts (washed and quartered)
1 large onion, quartered
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 cup cream cheese


6 slices of bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 cup of cheese, grated 
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup caramelized onion
1/2 cup of sprouts, purchased or homegrown

1. In a large pot on the stove at medium heat, cook the onion and leeks in the olive oil until they begin to sweat, about 5 minutes. 

2. Add the potatoes and chicken broth and let the soup simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. 

3. Remove the pot from the heat and use an immersion blender to puree the soup to your desired consistency. 

4. Stir in the cream cheese and season the soup with salt and pepper. 

5. Top with some or all of my suggested toppings, or try a few of your own favourites baked potato toppings. Enjoy!

Luke only had the sour cream and cheese this time, but I'll try the soup again when he can chew a little better because everything's better with bacon!

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