The Best Restaurant Baked Potato Soup

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Ever had one of those days when all you wish for is a good leisurely hour, simply lounging al fresco with a strong cup of coffee paired with a buttery croissant and a good book to read? I can attest to the fact that oftentimes, more often than not, I daydream about strolling through the streets of Paris all while trying to find my way past the quaint little Parisian shops.  So what shops does Ellie stumble upon in her vivid little imagination?  She obviously finds a really good bakery and plants herself right in front of the pastries! And that’s exactly what I did today, my friends.  Well it didn’t go like that exactly 100 percent…something more like, Torrance meets super cool French bakery where everything is a bit overpriced but delicious nonetheless type of deal.  But as usual, more on the bakery later. Winking smile

Since Wednesday is coming to a close and I have enough time to spare today, why don’t we go ahead and do a little sharing for What I Ate Wednesday?

Breakfast

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I had a quick waffle breakfast before heading out to work this morning, except I had some more fruit on the side instead of the turkey bacon.  By the way, I may not be the greatest fan of bacon but there’s something about the turkey version that jives with me!  And please excuse this recycled picture.

Snack

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My snack mid-morning was a handful of crisp juicy grapes, which was just what my body needed because I felt kind of overheated when I was at work.  It’s so strange how my hormones are causing my body to feel warmer than everyone else’s and I can’t tell what’s cold or hot anymore, haha.

Lunch

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I always prefer to pack my lunch when I go to work because not only does it save me money (and allows me to buy a delicious treat every now and then), but it helps me feel satisfied and not sluggish since I usually pack healthy food with fresh ingredients. In my opinion, there’s nothing as draining as food coma when I’m trying to get important work done and only half my brain seems to be doing all the work.  So this time I threw together a huge salad full of greens, avocado, tomato, pepperocini slices, vanilla blueberry goat cheese, a pan fried egg and balsamic dressing.  It’s so simple to make, yet it has become one of my favorite meals!

L’Amande Bakery

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Now let’s talk about that French bakery.  Shall we?

During my lunch break I kind of wanted something flaky and buttery before going back to work.  I also wanted to just relax somewhere outside where I could spend some time reading.  Then I remembered that bakery café that I pass by whenever I shop at Trader Joe’s and ordered this amazing croissant.

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But this isn’t just any croissant.  This is L’Amande Bakery’s very popular pistachio croissant which has chunks of pistachio baked on top and the most delicious pistachio filling I’ve ever tried.  Well, I’ve never actually had pistachio filling but if this is what it always tastes like, then I’m down for another one of these glorious pastries.  The filling had the perfect texture of creamy slash crunchy, and the sweetness level wasn’t overwhelming at all!

Dinner

Yesterday I cooked up a large pot of baked potato soup in honor of one of my favorite dishes at Corner Bakery Café.

Although this bowl of goodness may look super heavy and unhealthy since it’s so unbelievably “creamy”, it was anything but.  On the contrary, it fortunately turned out satisfying even without all the heavy ingredients that most recipes call for.  I reduced the amount of certain ingredients as well as substituted some in order to make this into a lighter version.  This was a successful first attempt since both Greg and I loved it so much!  Phew.

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Restaurant Baked Potato Soup {Healthy and Lower Fat}

Whenever I want to make a dish healthier than the traditional way of preparing it, I normally tend to use lots of spices and chicken or vegetable broth.  Many times I use vegetable bouillon, which is what I added to this recipe to make the soup extra flavorful.  If you don’t have bouillon on hand, you can easily substitute it with 4 cups of broth and simply omit the water.

Adapted from this recipe.  Makes approximately 5-6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 strips of turkey bacon
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter (or salted, but omit some salt in recipe)
  • 3 TBSP white flour
  • 3 C milk (I used 2%)
  • 4 C water
  • 1 cube of vegetable bouillon
  • 3 russet potatoes with skin
  • 1/4 C onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt or more, to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C shredded cheddar
  • 6 stems of green onion, chopped (save some for garnish)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and chop the potatoes to about 1x1” in size.  Bake them in a pan for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Take out and set it aside.
  2. Cook the turkey bacon strips on a skillet until they’re crispy on both sides.  Chop them into small pieces and set aside.
  3. In a large pot on medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour so it becomes thick.  Slowly add the milk and keep stirring to prevent clumps.
  4. Add the water, bacon, bouillon, potatoes, onion, and salt and pepper.  Bring it down to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes while stirring every now and then.
  5. Add the green onion, yogurt, and cheddar for 4 minutes or until it blends together smoothly.  If you prefer less potato chunks and more puree, then you can mash them a bit with a potato masher while they’re still in the pot.
  6. Garnish with fresh green onions and voila!

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I had another bowl for tonight’s dinner and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Open-mouthed smile

I hope you have a blessed night and seize the day!

What’s your favorite soup at a restaurant?  Have you tried Corner Bakery Café?

-I normally love brothy and tomato-y soups, but baked potato soup is probably my favorite creamy soup

What foods do you splurge on?

Love,

Ellie <33