Friday, April 3, 2009
Potato Soup
Well, this post is brought to you by Max (my 8 year old). He had his tonsils and adenoids removed yesterday and is now on an all mush, not too hot diet. It turns out that everything that we went through last year with his stomach problems (so I thought) were due to his massive tonsils and adenoids. They finally got so big that his voice became so muffled and strained that it was difficult to hear him sometimes. So, after doing everything we had to do to prove to the insurance company that this needed to be done, it is now done! I think, ultimately, I was more concerned than he was. It got to the point where he was just ready to get it done. He had it done with a newer technology called coblation. The doctor said that his adenoids were huge just like his tonsils and that we would notice a huge change in his voice soon. Well, his voice changed immediately! He has the sweetest little voice that is so clear. It made him laugh when he heard it (unfortunately that hurt his throat). Anyway, on to the food...he can eat anything that is souper (like that play on words) soft and either cold or room temperature. He is not much of a sweets person (not to say that he does not like his fair share of desserts, but he has to have his savory too! All he could eat yesterday was ice cream and popsicles. So, today I offered up some potato soup. This is one of those recipes that is not really a recipe, but a method. I like those types of dishes because it gives you the opportunity to make it your own. The illustrator's mom used to make this for him when he was growing up. So this one is another one that we carried on to our family. It's nice because it can be as soupy, thick, smooth, creamy or lumpy as you like. I like it a little on the thick side with some lumps. I don't care to drink my food, so I don't really do the creamy soup thing. For Max, though, we made his bowl creamier by adding milk to it to cool it off for him. This is a perfect comfort food!

Potato Soup

7 medium potatoes peeled and diced
half a shredded onion (do this on the cheese grater in a sautee pan - I did not want these big)
Smart Balance Light
non dairy milk (unsweetened)

Put potatoes in a pot and boil them until they are tender. In the meantime, sautee the shredded onion in some Smart Balance Light until they are tender. Add a little water to them as they cook to keep them from sticking to the pan. When the potatoes are done, drain them. Then mash them, add the onions, more Smart Balance and the non dairy milk. This is where you make it your own. Add as much or as little of the butter or milk for a desired consistancy.

Disclaimer: I am going on practically no sleep now so, if there are typos or anything that does not make sense, I can not be blamed for it! Oh, and I know now why I had kids when I was so I could deal with the lack of sleep!


posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 4:37 PM  
  • At April 4, 2009 at 4:28 PM, Blogger Elyse said…

    Hope Max is back to 100% soon. So glad the surgery is already proving successful, too! And this potato soup looks like the perfect recovery treat. Yum!!

  • At April 7, 2009 at 10:16 PM, Anonymous Alisa - Frugal Foodie said…

    Mmmm, potato soup! I hope Max is healing up nicely!

  • At April 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM, Blogger Tony Shasteen said…

    I grew up on this soup and love it. It's easy to add a baked potato theme to it as well by doing chives, cheese, sour cream, bacon (except for you veggie people out there), and pretty much whatever topping you want. Good stuff!

    The following day you'll need to add a little milk when it's reheated. Otherwise it's pretty much soft mashed potatoes... which is good too!

  • At June 1, 2009 at 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That looks like mashed potatoes in a bowl.

    The potato soup I grew up on was much thinner as in had some broth so that the soup was liquidy.

  • At June 1, 2009 at 9:46 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen said…

    Anonymous - If you read the post, you would see that I said you can add as much liquid to it as you like to make it soupier. So, add more if that is what you like!

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