Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{ Your Weekly Peek + Soup }


Week 16, only 6 more weeks and I'll be back to grocery store produce; boo. But until then, I'll continue to share what I'm getting. We didn't get anything new this week, so I thought that I'd share some pics of the produce with you and another great way to use a ton of vegetables - soup.



I sure wish that I'd taken the basil and tomatoes out of the bag, it would have been beautiful. But alas, I was lazy and dinner needed to be made. Did I mention that the smell of this basil is to die for? Well, it is.



My cucumber looks like a slug! I'm sure it won't taste like one though. Tossed with the tomatoes, basil, onions and some balsamic vinegar these will make a great cucumber salad. Yum.

You know what else is yummy and perfect for cloudy days? Soup. It's delicious and a great way to use up a lot of veggies. I made my very first completely from scratch soup on Friday. Here's how I did it:

First you'll want to start with some stock. I picked up a chicken and made my own stock using this Better Homes and Garden recipe (click to see).


Then I cooked some beans. Remember these bad boys?

Vermont Cranberry Shelling Beans. I shelled them all and boiled them in water for 30 minutes.

With my stock and beans ready, here's how the soup went together: in a stock pot, I heated some olive oil and sauteed an onion, some celery, carrots and garlic. Once they were tender, I added the stock, the beans and their liquid, two cups of water and some chopped tomatoes. Next in went the zucchini, fresh parsley and chicken. (I could have also added kale to my soup but I decided to make it into kale chips to snack on instead.) Lastly I let the soup simmer.

I ate this delicious soup all weekend! My friend and I had it for dinner Friday served with some yummy bread and then Kyle and I had it for lunch and dinner on Sunday - so that's six good sized servings it made.

I was surprised to find out that soup like stir-fry is a great way to use up a lot of veggies. Once you have a stock you can add just about whatever you want. Have at it and be adventurous, when you create your own concoctions and it actually works it's quite empowering. So get going, get cooking and enjoy!

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