As January starts there are often bills to pay and any ideas for saving on food may be welcome. After the Christmas overfeed on sugar and sweets, some simpler meals can also be satisfying especially when they are low cost too!
Take a look at what is leftover in your fridge - and see what you can make without even visiting the shops.
This time we are going to suggest what you can do with those tired vegetables but be inventive and see what else you can add to make a tasty meal.
Have fun with this soup - it's the easiest way to feed yourself and your family in one delicious and healthy bowl. Soup recipes tend to follow a pattern that can be easily adapted for any vegetable and of course include the meat of your choice ....even cooked turkey!
Here's what you need: vegetables, butter or olive oil, salt and pepper, and some stock and wine. That's it to make easy soup out of almost anything.
Almost any vegetable will do as long as you have about a pound of medium diced - about an inch across - or smaller if you're using a dense vegetable, like potato.
Cook the vegetables in olive oil or bittern a low heat and let them cook. It's good to add something from the onion family such as leeks onion or garlic as well to give loads of flavour and that exotic smell.
When the vegetables have cooked, add about 4 cups of stock and a little wine, cover on low heat.
Simmer for about an hour or until all the vegetables are cooked through. Puree the soup in a blender and there you have creamy, easy vegetable soup.
Extras: Dump in that last handful of pasta you need to use up. Add a few crumbles of ground turkey or beef. You can also add a little bacon near the beginning of the cooking process, or you can leave the chunks of vegetables whole. Put in a cup of rice and simmer until done. Use up whatever you have around, but remember that you can still make a very good soup with just a pound or two of leftover vegetables.
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Pictures and basic recipe courtesy of: http://www.thekitchn.com