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Cook More, Save More with Whole Foods Market: Mama Milagro’s Chunky Cream of Potato Soup & Chicken Pita Value Meal! #recipe

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Cook More, Save More with Whole Foods.
Sounds good to me.

Well, I love eating wholesome meals and fueling my two girls’ little bodies. But, I also love a bargain. We do most of our shopping at Whole Foods Market, they always have weekly coupons to save money while eating whole foods.

With the busy bustle of everyday life cooking at home can be stressful and budgets are definitely stretched, especially with the holiday season in full force.

Whole Foods Market is committed to providing an affordable mix of products and ingredients, along with helpful tools and in-store service to make grocery shopping and cooking more enjoyable.

I decided to take the challenge to make a Healthy Value Meal that was wholesome, packed with nutrition and affordable. I set off to Whole Foods to find a meal that would be about $4.00 a portion.


Downright Warm and Wholesome.

I decided to eat a meal that we grew up on, one that to this day fills me with warm nostalgia. It is a filling meal that my mom used to make for us. One that she adapted from when she used to be a cook at a small Chatham restaurant, Natural Food Emporium and a recipe I then adapted from her.

We called it Mama Milagro’s Chunky Cream of Potato Soup with Chicken Salad pitas. It’s THE perfect meal. Well, I set off and bought 365 organic sour cream, Whole Foods Whole Wheat Pitas, a bag of organic potatoes, spinach and cheese. I already had a few items for this recipe in my pantry and you probably do too!


You Will Need:
  • 365 sour cream or your favorite kind
  • 1 cup of milk (I used 1%)
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. of butter or margarine
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp. of light olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • bacon (optional)
  • 4 seasoned baked chicken breasts
  • 1 bag of Whole Foods whole wheat pitas
  • 1/2 bag of organic spinach
  • cheese
  • 4 tbsp. of light mayo
  • 1 tsp. of parsley
  • Spike seasoning (optional)
  • large pot
  • stirring spoon
  • ladle


Mama Milagro's Chunky Cream of Potato Soup and Chicken Pita Value Meal! #recipe
Recipe type: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: American, Canadian
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Serves: 6
A delicious, creamy, chunky and wholesome cream of potato soup paired with a tasty chicken salad pita.
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  1. Wash and peel all of your potatoes and dice them into medium-sized cubes.
  2. Finely chop 1 onion, use ½ for your soup and the other half for your chicken salad.
  3. Take 2 tbsp. of butter and begin melting it in pot on low heat, add 1 tsp. of parsley, ½ chopped onion, ½ tsp of garlic powder and 1 tbsp. of light olive oil. Sautee the onions until almost transparent.
  4. Switch to medium heat. Add chopped potatoes into mixture and stir until fully covered. Add water until potatoes are covered and let it come to a rolling boil. Add 2 tbsp. of bouillon and stir until dissolved.
  5. Once it has boiled, add ½ of the sour cream container. Stir well until dissolved. Let it come to a complete boil, making sure you stir often.
  6. Add 1 cup of milk, stir and bring to simmer on low heat. Once the soup has thickened, it's ready!
  7. Top with Spike seasoning and cheese. (optional)
  8. For pitas, season 4 chicken breasts to taste, bake and chop into cubes.
  9. Add 4 tbsp. of mayo into cubed chicken breast, add Spike, salt and pepper, ½ onion and mix until chicken is fully covered.
  10. Cut pitas in half, fill with chicken salad, spinach and cheese.
  11. Enjoy!
  12. TIP: When you reheat, add more sour cream and then more milk to make it to the consistency you want as it will thicken if it sits overnight.




This soup is a huge hit in our home, while the soup is meant to last for two meals a person, it doesn’t last one day in our house. The girls gobble it up. This reminds me of our childhood growing up and coming home to my Mom’s delicious Cream of Potato soup. It warms my tummy and my heart every time we sit around the table and enjoy it.

It also reminds me so much of my Mom and how much she’s helped me grow as a cook. We also made off like bandits and each portion is about $4.91, with a bonus FREE second helping! Mind you, I did have the seasonings and basic things like milk and margarine in my home already.


Get Started!

Making healthy and easy value meals doesn’t have to be hard, it’s actually quite simple. You can take the challenge and make this meal or other value meals for your family.

If you need extra help, you can  go to Whole Foods Market. They have a ton of in-store resources to help you through this challenge, from value experts to online value guides to assist in menu planning.

What is your favorite meal to feed your family on a budget?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!


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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats and entertainment. You can find her on Twitter and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.


  1. Allyson Bossie says:

    My husband doesn't care for soups, but a healthy soup or stew is a very good way to make a little go a long way! My kids also love a toasted cheese sandwich so we serve that on homemade spelt flour bread. I can cook way healthier if I make my own bread, soups, etc instead of buying premade
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  2. tammy shelton says:

    Lots of Crock Pot nights & leftovers.

  3. I make dishes with whole grains and beans, sometimes including meat, chicken or fish, but not always, but not as huge portions. I shop sales and coupons. I like to make soups chock full of goodness. I make egg dishes, also ethnic foods are often so yummy and fun you can eat without utensils and not expensive if you are careful!

  4. I buy in bulk with coupons when groceries are on sale, do freezer cooking to stay on the budget.

  5. I like to cook soup or beans

  6. I always look at sales and clip coupons which can save you a large amount of money especially when you add it up per year. We also eat a lot of pasta dishes, soup and sandwiches.

  7. Tracy Robertson says:

    I make a huge pot pie with ground beef, tortilla pieces, tomato sauce, black beans and taco seasoning. It's delicious and pretty budget friendly since it makes about 6 servings.

  8. Meal planning is a must!

  9. Sonya Morris says:

    I try to make enough to eat as leftovers.

  10. First I go shopping in my pantry. Then I make a grocery list based on any additional items (mostly fresh items like produce) I need to create great meals. Stock up on the pantry items during great sames.

  11. kristen visser says:

    plan ahead and save leftovers for the next day!

  12. Try to make use of everything that you have in the pantry and the refrigerator first.

  13. I stock up when it's on sale and use coupon. Thank you for the chance.

  14. SweetGirlDesserts says:

    We never eat out, and always transform leftovers into a new creation!

  15. I simply love Whole Foods and finding new recipes

  16. cottagebunny says:

    I love Whole Foods.I also love cooking with whole grains,and beans.

  17. Julia Frank says:

    I like to cook soup , yummy yummy !!

  18. kathy downey says:

    Soup is a good way to use up leftovers in the fridge and pantry.Your meals looks so good !

  19. Treen Goodwin says:

    yummy looks delish and i love having leftovers for a few days , i love soups and so does my family a must try thanks for sharing :)

  20. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing,I like to cook a big meal on Sunday and eat leftovers for a couple of days….I love your way

  21. Lilly OMalley says:

    I love making potato soup and will try this recipe too. It can become the base for other soups by adding shredded cheese, or chopped cooked chicken and peas and carrots, adding broccoli or cauliflower or both, adding chopped chives or green onion stems, adding crumbled crisp bacon.

  22. I'm a big fan of cream of potato soup, this will be great, thanks for the recipe!

  23. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe for the Cream of potato soup. Great for the those cool (I can't quite use the cold word yet) I wish we had a Whole Foods in our small town. But I do visit my sister in Markham and it is our go-to place for lunch. So many choices and always fresh and really good.

  24. This sounds sooo good – comfort food and nourishing. There is a whole foods right near me, that I have found sometimes I can find a decent bargain – lately they've gone up on most of those items, though.

  25. kathy downey says:

    This looks real good,we are eating leftover turkey..so maybe soup and a wrap

  26. kathy downey says:

    Shared on FB for my sister she will love this soup

  27. kathy downey says:

    This soup is delicious

  28. Treen Goodwin says:

    oh yummy looks and sounds delish thanks for sharing :) i really wanna make this :)

  29. kathy downey says:

    I have never made potato soup but I did have it once at my daughters and really enjoyed it,think I will try your recipe soon thanks!

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