After Thanksgiving, I'm left feeling extra grateful for my loved ones, blessed for another holiday spent with them, and totally unmotivated to go grocery shopping.
So, while I sit at home putting out the Christmas decorations, planning Christmas gifts, and getting in the holiday spirit, I also brainstorm ways I can make something delicious for dinner without leaving the house.
Pre-Whole30-restart to my healthy habits, this might have called for takeout night... But, with my dedication to Paleo and clean eating restored, I'm all about using up those healthy leftovers & making something fresh & creative.
My family found the most amazing ham with super clean ingredients at Costco this year~ and it stole all the turkey's glory. I scored a huge bag of the leftovers, along with a barely-touched veggie tray, and knew I could whip up something awesome with the two.
I pulled out an onion and box of chicken broth from our pantry, teamed it up with the leftovers, and created this soup.
It's much more pleasant to look at (and eat, if you ask me) than split-pea soup, but with the same idea: A rich, hearty soup made from veggies that are simmered in broth & given a touch of creaminess with coconut milk-- then blended to a thick, smooth, luscious consistency.
I added a ton of diced ham (& extra pan-fried ham on top) to make it filling enough to be a true meal, and it hit the spot... big time. If you are into comfort foods that fill you up and make you feel cozy & satisfied... don't let the unsexiness of this soup throw you off. You need this in your life! It tastes 100x better than it looks.
Let me know if you give this a shot. I think you will love it!