Calphalon Giveaway and Sweet Potato Soup – A winning combo

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Sweet Pot Soup - Ready to Eat

This box recently arrived at my doorstep.  

Calphalon - BoxI have owned a set of Calphalon cookware for over ten years and so when I was offered an opportunity to review a piece of their Contemporary line, I jumped at the chance.  My existing set is used day in and day out and many memories have been created in those pots and pans.   I chose the 8.5 quart dutch oven because of it’s wide base.  I could easily envision soups, spaghetti sauce, chicken, and veggies being prepared.  I won’t lie – I was also pretty excited  that this product line can go into the dishwasher; something my current pots and pans aren’t able to do.   Hmmm- I wonder what I could do with a few more minutes?  

Calphalon - Box

It didn’t take long before the pan was out of it’s box, washed and ready to be put to work.  I created a soup recipe that can be made quickly  (please see below).  I also made sweet potatoes cooked in apple juice and spices which left a sticky mess.  My husband used it during Thanksgiving to sauté green beans and is looking forward to trying them on his artichokes.   Each and every time the pan came out sparkling clean from the dishwasher.

Here are a few other positive things I jotted down while I was using the pan.

1.  Love the deepness of pan – no splatters when sautéing onions or when the additional ingredients are added.  This meantt less to clean up on my stove top.

2.  Lots of cooking surface allowing the ingredients to be spread out which created a quicker cooking time.

3.  Handles do not get warm when using on stove top.

4.  Clean in dishwasher — really – really – like.

5.  Nonstick surface – a very small amount of oil is needed.

It is always a good idea to use our time wisely.  My dad has a saying “Work Smart – Not Hard”.  It’s important to have the correct tools for the job to make that saying possible in our lives.  I believe quality cookware is one of the best investments we can make.

(Note:  This post includes a chance to win your own dutch over.  Enter using the rafflecopter at the bottle of this post.  It’s not going to run long – just a week.)

This soup is nutritious – delicious – and goes together quickly because it starts with a pre made soup which provides a creaminess and spices that are already built in.  I am always looking for recipes that work well during busy times.  It can be made with as many vegetables as you want and of course, meat is always optional.  

Sweet Potato Soup
A hearty soup that is good on days where time is limited.
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  1. 1 box of Imagine Organic Sweet Potato Soup
  2. 1 box Pacific Organic Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  3. 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  4. 1/2 large onion - chopped or 1 Tbsp of onion powder
  5. 2 medium carrots, chopped
  6. 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  7. 1 green pepper, chopped
  8. 1 1/2 cup cooked chicken, diced (optional)
  9. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/8 tsp cayene pepper or to taste
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. cilantro for garnish
  13. Can be added for more vegetable goodness
  14. 2 turnips, chopped
  15. 2 medium zuchinni, chopped
  16. 3/4 cup of frozen peas
  1. *Optional items are in ( )
  2. In a dutch oven, heat olive oil over low-medium heat. Add onion and sauté until transparent. Add the carrot, green pepper, (turnip) and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add celery, (chicken) and (zucchini). Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add in sweet potato soup, chicken broth and spices. Heat to light boil.
  5. Add in (frozen peas).
  6. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  1. Prepare veggies earlier.
  2. Frozen veggies can be used.
Deliciously Inspired
Saute the onions over low-medium heat until they become transparent.

Sweet Pot Soup - onions

Prepped Veggies
Sweet Pot Soup - Hard Vegs

Yum – ready to eat!
Sweet Pot Soup - Cooked Soup

Storing the leftovers for future lunches.
Sweet Pot Soup - Future

Let’s get this puppy in the dishwasher.

Sweet Pot Soup - Ready for Dishwasher

Hoping for the best – starting dishwasher.
Sweet Potato Soup - Dishwasher 1

Happiness – All clean and ready for the next time.
Sweet Pot Soup - Dishwasher Clean

So you may be wondering what did I spend the extra time I gained by not washing my dutch oven – I got started on a project that I’ve wanted to try – a no sew stenciled burlap pillow.

Believe Pillow

If you’d like to enter a chance to win your own Calphalon Nonstick 8.5 Quart Dutch Oven (approx value $100.00) please enter below. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 9 so last day to enter will be December 8.  I will then contact the winner requesting their mailing address which I will share with Calphalon so they can ship out the product.  

As part of your entry – please answer this question.  What would you do during the time you could save?

Much thanks to Calphalon for allowing me to test out and enjoy this fine product but also for their generosity in providing one of my readers this quality piece of cookware.

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Deliciously Inspired was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own.   The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.



  1. I would spend time playing with my son :). Love not having to wash pans by hand.

  2. Lisa Allen says

    If I had a working dishwasher to wash it in, in that spare time I believe I’d be quilting, crocheting, or preparing my next meal with my kiddos!

  3. ColleenMarie says

    Spend some time with my kids!!

  4. watching movies :0

  5. I would cook more!

  6. read a good book

  7. Well, since my hubby does the dishes (yeah, I know – I’m spoiled) I would love getting to spend the extra time with him OUTSIDE the kitchen!

  8. Take a power nap! :o)

  9. Spend time with my hubby and our dogs.

  10. I would read a book on my screened in porch.

  11. Spend time with family!

  12. Take a nap!!!

  13. I would be spending more time playing with my kids before they go to bed if I wasn’t busy hand washing!

  14. I would do a little unpacking. I just moved and there is still so much to do!!

  15. We would both spend more time with our families!
    Sharon and Denise

    Thanks for the great recipe and giveaway.

  16. I think I would spend time snuggled up with my hubby and our sweet puppy watching a hallmark Christmas movie. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. xo

  17. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes and for showing us this terrific cookware. What a great cooking pot this would be to have as it certainly seems very versatile and sturdy. Even the style is lovely. I am an avid cook, spend so much time in the kitchen and would love to have a pot such as this to enjoy and utilize to the max. Thanks for allowing me to enter in this give-away. It is appreciated.
    With thanks, Gayle Page-Robak.

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  19. spend time with my husband thanks for the giveaway

  20. Mickinzie Lopez says

    I am currently in grad school for nutrition… which means almost no time is left for cooking/cleaning in between studying! The Calphalon pot might allow me time to cook some chili or soup to nosh on throughout the week, especially if it means the cleaning time would be reduced! 🙂

  21. I would hold my baby a little longer 🙂

  22. I would prep more fruits and vegetables for other recipes with the extra time.:)

  23. Amanda Hain says

    I would spend the extra time making a yummy dessert! 🙂

  24. This would give me more time to spend with my children and they are my life.

  25. 12/7 I liked and shared the post on my fb page Julie A Scott Laws

  26. I think I might have to come up with more delicious recipes to try in this. My husband and I love to cook together and this would give us a new tool to use.

  27. Kerri Jacobson says

    I would be decorating and reading!!!

  28. Preparing the next recipe to cook or prepare for canning.

  29. I’d cook more items and maybe set the table and/or do a little garnishing with the extra time.

  30. I love that it’s dishwasher safe, but with no dishwasher, I would still be hand washing 🙁

  31. Samantha R says

    read a book

  32. 12/8 I liked and shared the fb post Julie A Scott Laws

  33. I would spend time with my puppy, sterling.

  34. spend more time with my kids


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