Archive for January, 2014

Minestrone aka Stone Soup

January 29, 2014

In the winter days, I love to have a lovely bowl of soup. This one is one of my favorites to make since I can load up the Crockpot the night ahead and let it do all the work for me. As a seving suggestion you can have it with cheese pizza (my son’s favorite), garlic bread, or use it as a side dish to anything else…like meatloaf.

Software-Various Veggies – onion, celery, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, potatoes, Frozen peas, frozen corn, Flat leaf italian parsley, Low Sodium Chicken Stock, Italian Stewed Tomatoes, Packet of Beef Stew powder, Small tube or elbow Pasta, bay leaf, minced garlic, lentils, barley, and water. Grated Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top when serving. (optional)

Hardware- Crockpot, can opener, ladle, knife, cutting board, spoon, wooden spoon, One Well Washed River Stone (optional)


-Wash all your veggies, peel the onion, cut into small chunks so they cook faster. Chop the parsely while you got the knife and board out and set it aside in the fridge in a tupperware to be added later.

-Wash the lentils and barley in cold water to make sure there aren’t any pebbles. Drain the water and place them in the crockpot as your first layer. Along with your River Stone. (optional)

-Next add all your fresh veggies except the parsley & potatoes. Don’t add the frozen ones yet

-add the stew packet powder, the canned tomatoes, and chicken stock, bay leaf and garlic

Set your crockpot to low and let it go 6 hrs to overnight.

In the morning, give it a stir, add the potatoes, at 2 pm add the pasta and frozen peas and corn. Add in the parsely and give it a final stir. When you get home from afternoon activities, your house should smell great. Ladle it up and receive compliments on a yummy soup.

“TM” from my classroom. Stone Soup is an old folk tale that features a hungery soldier who asks for some food and was denied. So he asks for a stone. She gives him a stone. Soon the stone is bubbling away in a pot of water. As the old woman add what she has at home it becomes a delicious large pot of soup. As we look at the ingredients going into our pot along with our smooth river stone, we discuss characteristics of each one. The ones that mimick stones are frozen peas, lentils, barley, uncooked pasta.


Hip Hip Hurray!

January 3, 2014

A big heartfelt Thank You to all the Granola By The Handful Supporters. We are so blessed to say that Chef Sonia’s had hundreds of people munching in good health this holiday season. We hope you enjoyed giving a gift that was handcrafted with lots of love and care. The Chocolate Cherry Agave was finally ready to join our line up of delicious products. This holiday season we also introduced the Premium Trail Mix of Dried Cranberries, Sour Cherries, Roasted salted Cashews, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Roasted Salted Almonds, And Ghirardelli Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips. Talk about a portable power snack. This trail mix will have you energized and satisfied.  A new seasonal product is the Granola Breakfast Bites. With so many requests, for a granola bar, the Bites are Chef Sonia’s version of an “improved” granola bar. It’s easy to take around, won’t crumble allover your clothes or car. Perfect as an on the go breakfast or whenever you want a lightly sweetened healthy treat. Look for it in your favorite stores around the holidays. If your favorite stores don’t carry our amazing line of products, please pass on our website and tell them you’d like our products in there. Your referral is our best promotion. As always, Thank you for your support and Munch in Good Health in the New Year.


Sonia Chang