One of the biggest questions I get from all of the Crockpot Freezer Meals that I have posted, is this…..
“My family is staying away from canned cream soups because they’re so unhealthy. Do you have any substitution for this?”
Well, I finally DO have an answer to this question. It does require a little extra work, but depending on how much time you have, I think you’ll find it’s worth it!
The truth is, since I’ve been pregnant, I’m not at all happy with the taste or the smell of cream soups. They make me want to gag. blech. So…yesterday, when I made Beef Stroganoff, I decided to try something new. It was delicious! My husband was raving and as you know, that makes me happy. :)
Here’s what I did:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (or beef or veggie, depending on what is in your recipe)
- 1/2 cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
So. You’ve made gravy before, right? Well, amazingly, this cream soup substitute is just like making gravy.
You start out by melting the butter.
Then you stir in your flour until it makes a paste.
Finally, you slowly stir in the milk and broth until it looks something like this (keep in mind this is a double batch equal to two cans):
So…. you’re thinking, OK, yes that was pretty easy, but I don’t always have time for this. What now? Shall I just skip making anything with cream soups? Absolutely not! In doing my research, I found a couple of other options.