This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!


Feeding my fam is a huge challenge.

Laila is prone to scowl at her dinner plate.

Mark’s tastes swing like a pregnant woman’s.

Eli brings ‘hangry’ to a whole new level.

Me? I’m trying to lost some of the 14 pounds I gained in 2015 (instead of the 20 I said I’d lose-HAHA).

Besides all that, Mark and I both work full-time. I don’t spend my days taking art shots of garlic and concocting recipes.  Getting a meal on the table at our house is the kitchen equivelant of being a pit team at the Indy 500.

WTF does one do with this scenario?

Soup. Soup holds the key. Easy, tasty, budget-friendly and nutritious. Soups can be made over the weekend, an extra batch frozen.

It’s hardy Americana, fitting the tastes of both husband and daughter. It’s nutritious. Soups, without the extras, are healthy and satisfying for a person like me who is watching calorie intake. It can be fattened up with the addition of cheeses, avocado, croutons and other garnishes. My son feels hunger more deeply that you or me and needs more than 1600 calories a day at 3, too, due to nutrition absorption problems. 

Here are the recipes I found this week that I’d like to try.

Broccoli cheese and potato soup

A one-pot recipe that screams comfort in a bowl. Yes please. (source:

Nutrition (per serving per My Fitness Pal): Calories: 282; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 45mg; Sodium: 671mg; Total Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 20g

Creamy chicken and rice soup

Warm and rich, with kid-friendly ingredients. (source:

Nutrition (per serving per My Fitness Pal): Calories: 279; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 34mg; Sodium: 685mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 18g

Crock pot roasted garlic tomoato soup

You had me at crock pot. Tomato soup is Laila’s favorite.

Nutrition (per serving per My Fitness Pal): Calories: 235; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 256mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 14g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 12g

I plan to make at least one of these soups in the coming days. Check back to see if my picky/wild eaters went for it. I tend to throw in a lil of this and that when I cook. We’ll see how this goes.

I’m in the midst of the Healthy 65. It’s a 65-day wellness challenge.

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Participants are encouraged to pick a simple goal and keep it up from Nov. 30, 2015 through Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.

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What will your goal be?

Mine is strength – physical and mental. Translation: weights and yoga.

I started the Healthy 65 to help her son Eli stay well. He has a chronic and life-threatening lung illness called cystic fibrosis. Children have a hard time pronouncing the disease and sometimes call it “65 roses.” This blog documents my family’s experiences raising a child with CF.





One thought on “3 simple winter soups

  1. em160100 says:

    I love to make soup (or anything) in the crock pot. I love this chicken corn chowder bc it’s super easy, cheap, and yummy. I buy an already cooked rotisserie chicken from the store and use that. Sometimes I only use half of the chicken for the soup and use half for something else (like a casserole).


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