Creamy Potato Soup: Fall Bucket List

by simplylife on November 26, 2012

The first official day of winter is December 21. That means we still have over 3 weeks left of fall!  Sure, the need to scrape your car off in the morning or bundle-up in a warm set of hat and gloves may be telling us otherwise, but I’m going to hang onto one of my favorite times of year for as long as possible.

Over the summer, I created a Summer Bucket List.  This was a fun way for me to go beyond my comfort zone to try new things and simply create more awareness of what the season has to offer!  If you’re wondering about a Summer Bucket List update: Yes! I completed a DIY project that I continue to enjoy!  No, I never went camping. :(

After reflecting and reviewing last season’s Bucket List, I decided to make another one for fall.  Here’s an update on what my Fall Bucket List includes:

  • Go apple picking
  • Run in my first Turkey Trot! (I have had my PR!)
  • Read a good book (I’m in the middle of one now that I’ll tell you about soon!)
  • Bake a “fall” bread
  • Get a “fall” coffee drink (I can really only handle about one of these a year, but that Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha was pretty tasty :) )
  • Make a lot of soup
  • Wear books and scarves as often as possible :)
  • Sign-up for a class to learn something new! 
  • Finally take advantage of the free personal training session when I join the gym

Okay, see that last one there?  Maybe you can help me out.  I know that several of the blogs I read are written by personal trainers (and I can just tell y’all are soooo nice!) and many more are written by gym-goers and serious athletes.   But I don’t know you in person and am needing a little extra motivation.

Can I tell you something really strange?  I am (usually) fine going places alone, meeting new people and heck, even traveling overseas and living abroad without knowing anyone else.

Yet, when it comes to my local gym, I get intimidated for this one personal session, even though I am craving to learn more effective ways to use my time spent working out.  I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m completely a “seasonal gym-goer.”  It has nothing to do with resolutions, and everything to do with my love of running outdoors and trying to save money.  So, I am thrilled that my local gym offers a monthly gym membership with no sign-up fees.  This means, when it gets too frigid to run outside, I sign-up for the gym to get me through these cold months.  And every time I re-activate my membership, I am offered a free training session…that I dismiss.

Yes, I am that person who sticks to the same small rotation of cardio machines and weights in the areas of the gym I feel most comfortable in.  So, will you help me stretch my comfort zone?  Tell me how much I will benefit from this session and how I have nothing to be scared of?!

Thanks, I knew I could count on you. ;)

Oh yeah, and even though I’ve completed my Bucket List goal already of making multiple soups to warm us on a chilly fall day, this one definitely is a keeper.  It’s creamy and cozy, and actually made without a trace of cream or butter!  So you can eat it while sticking to your health goals!

Creamy Potato Soup

by Simply Life

Keywords: soup/stew entree side appetizer vegetarian potatoes fall winter

Ingredients (3 bowls)

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. herbs de provence (or other seasonings of choice)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used Celtic cheddar cheese from Trader Joe’s which I highly recommend)

Instructions

1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and onions and cook, stirring frequently, 3-5 minutes or until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook additional minute. Stir in salt, pepper and herbs. Add broth and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are tender and cooked through.

2. Remove soup from heat. Using an immersion blender or transferring soup to stand blender, blend until creamy and smooth. Return to heat. Add up to 1 cup water if soup is too thick. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Ladle warm soup into bowls and top with scallions and cheese. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Belinda @zomppa

    Oh boy!! I guess winter is almost here – this is warm-your-belly-up soup!

  • The Candid RD

    I’m not trainer, but I will tell you right now I used to be very skeptical of the actual benefit that trainers provide. Now, I KNOW they have work for a reason, it’s worth it!! Even if you just go to a trainer for 3-4 sessions, you will learn SO MUCH. Doing the same workouts every day or even every week will just keep your body how it is, it won’t change. This year, change things a bit and get a PT! Trust me, you’ll be thankful.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      THANK YOU! That was actually EXACTLY what I was hoping to hear!!!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I definitely need to start making more soup…on my fall and winter lists!! I have always taken advantage of the free PT session when I join a new gym…it’s definitely a fun experience and can give you some new exercises to do! I don’t know if your gym offers group exercise classes as part of your membership but I also find those to be awesome and a nice way to change things up!!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Ah…great idea! I always forget about those! Thanks!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I would like a bowl of this soup right now!! I am home sick from work, and soup is calling my name…
    I’ve never gone to a personal trainer…. I think you should though! I bet it’ll be a great change-up from your normal routine. :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh no!!! I hope you feel better soon and were able to enjoy the holidays!

      • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

        Thanks! I didn’t get sick until the weekend, so I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving :)
        I made a variation of this soup for dinner tonight – added some carrots, so it’s a creamy carrot potato soup. SO good!

        • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

          oh good! I’m so glad you liked it!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Nope, I’ve never met with a personal trainer. Soup is my all-time favourite comfort food. I just made potato soup last week :-)

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Beautiful soup!! i’ve only met with a trainer through free sessions at the gym — it’s just one session, you can do it! Who knows what you’ll learn. Also – and this is completely vain – there’s no reason to feel intimidate because you definitely won’t be the least athletic person they see by a long shot (I tell myself similar things when I go get a massage and need to make myself feel more comfortable). Let us know how it goes!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, thanks! that’s great encouragement!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I met with a personal trainer once when I signed up for a gym years ago and got totally sucked into signing up for more sessions. That’s the danger! I turned down the free session at my last gym because I felt bad about not wanting to pay for additional sessions. However, the sessions I did have with my other trainer are still helpful to this day…so maybe it was worth it!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      oooh that’s very good to know! At least now I’ll go into it a little more prepared- thanks!

  • yummychunklet

    A soup bucket list…intriguing and tasty idea!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I’m a bit like that, I fear those personal sessions too :P But, I am sure they would be so useful!

  • Erica Sorkin

    That soup looks just fantastic!!! I need to get on making more soups. Get on those sessions! Remember, the scariest/hardest part is always getting there and walking through the door. I’m sure you’ll feel totally comfortable once you get moving

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thanks! That’s a great piece of advice to remember!

  • Mom

    Getting my melted blender top needs to go on my bucket list so I can make my cream of potato soup…yum in every bite! I have had my share of experience with personal trainers and was always happily surprised at the exercises they knew that I would never think of to work a certain area. Go for it! I have learned one consecutive thing about gyms, most people are so into themselves that they really don’t care what the next person is doing. Intimidation is a false fear, so knock it out!

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