I try very hard to love vegetables! I really do. They are so good for me and filled with nutrients and ALL that good stuff!
But the truth of the matter is, sometimes I think they just taste like dirt!
So I am always looking for ways to hide them.
One of my favorite things to do is hide them in soup.
Sometimes at the end of the week I find myself with a lot of left over bits and bobs of stuff that were part of very satisfying meals . The Chef likes to diligently pack away the three mouthfuls of whatever might be left from dinner and tell me “it will be good for your lunch” knowing very well that I don’t take that sort of thing for my lunch because I won’t use a microwave and that’s the only means of warming things at the office.
So by the end of the week, there can be some strange combos left in the fridge.
Time to get out the dutch oven and make us some soup!
I always have a combo of fresh veg and some “left over” something or other hanging around. It is good to use a bit of both so you get a wide range of nutrients!
Today I have some left over veg strips from the “Salad Wraps” and some left over roasted veg from Sunday dinner.
I also diced up and onion, a carrot and a stick of celery and started them off first in the pot with a bit of olive oil.
Once they were nice and sweated I added all of the left over veg items.
Cook that up really well, then add the liquid of your choice. Anything from water or stock or even a bottle of crushed tomatoes. Seriously, whatever you have!
Add your choice of favorite herbs and or spices and then bring it up to the boil, then turn it down to a simmer, for at least half hour till everything is cooked nicely.
At this point it is usually very lumpy. I let it cool a bit so I don’t get burned and then use the hand blender on it. But you could put it in a real blender, but I always find that a bit of an ordeal.
Once it is nice and smooth, you are ready to go. You could eat it like this or add some left over beans or chili or cooked potatoes.
Seriously….whatever is around that needs used up and is useless on its own.
And there you have a wonderfully hearty soup or even stew like item if you use less liquid!