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Soup made from leftovers. Mmmm.

October 4th, 2010 - By Stephanie Precourt

We’re living simply (and more ahem tightly) and so I’m making use of every last thing in the fridge before tossing out. Last week we had Ivy’s birthday party and my Mom brought a huge veggie tray. We ate off of it all week, but then I decided to use a bunch of the leftovers (it’s always the cauliflower & broccoli!) to make soup. With kind of my own made-up recipe.

And you know I like soup.

I had celery, broccoli, cauliflower, & cucumbers from the veggie tray, and exactly 2 cups of half & half from experimenting with an awesome buttercream frosting recipe for Ivy’s cupcakes. Add in chopped onion, butter, flour, free-range chicken broth, salt & pepper… and you have a pretty yummy soup.

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I hate taking pictures of food. So that’s Ivy’s empty bowl. She ate it all up.

Exact recipe:

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pot. Add 1 chopped small onion and 1 cup chopped celery.

When onion & celery is tender, add 3-4 cups broth and 8 cups of broccoli florets, cucumbers, cauliflower, what have you. (Most of mine was about 6 cups broccoli with a small amount of chopped cucumber and about 2 cups cauliflower florets.)

Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes. Then, mash with potato masher. (Or pour into food processor and puree if you wish.)

In separate bowl melt 3 tablespoons butter and simmer 2 cups milk (or half & half in my case) and add in 3 tablespoons flour until bubbly. Pour into vegetable pot and stir. Add salt, pepper, whatever seasonings you desire.

This is the kind of soup that is VERY good with crusty bread or homemade croutons or (maybe Stacy’s pita chips crumbled on top you get the picture…)

So, what have you created lately from your leftovers? Have a soup recipe you just gotta share?

I stumbled upon Emma’s Curried Carrot soup last week (can not wait to try it!)

Also just saw that tomorrow (Tuesday October 5) there is some special 2010 Fit City Healthy Soup and Dessert Event at the Butterfield Family Pavilion in Valparaiso. You can taste and vote on your favorite area healthy soup and dessert. Cost is $10 per person. Event will be held 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Wish I could go!

Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

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I like soup.

November 20th, 2009 - By Stephanie Precourt

It has been weeks maybe MONTHS since everyone in our house was healthy. It’s one cold after flu after pink eye after bronchitis after the other. It seems ALL we’ve been eating is soup. Which is ok with me because I LOVE SOUP.

Like, I think about it and I think, I love soup! Could it be the perfect food?

When I’m up for it, I love to make a huge pot of copycat Olive Garden minestrone. I make this all the time. And mine is better than Olive Garden’s. But I haven’t really felt like chopping up all those veggies and stuff lately so we’ve been eating mostly canned.

My current favorite (and by favorite I mean I am kind of addicted): Amy’s Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable soup. It feels SO good on my throat. And is really so flavorful for a canned soup.

Last night I went out with some friends to Pikk’s Tavern, downtown Valpo and I couldn’t wait to find out what their soup of the day was.

I was seriously bummed when all they had was broccoli cheddar, gumbo, or seafood chowder. But I just couldn’t NOT get soup, so I figured I’d try the broccoli cheddar (their soup of the day.) It was WAY different than I expected. It was amazing. Pureed and spicy. And oh my gosh I need some right now.

So, back to the cans, I am worried I’m going to get burned out on my Amy’s Fire Roasted soup. Please let me know what your favorites are. I need to update my cupboards!

Do you like soup? What is your favorite you can buy at the store? Do you have a favorite recipe?

PLEASE SHARE. I eat soup for breakfast. Really.

Stephanie is Mom to three boys & a baby girl in Valparaiso, IN and blogs daily at Adventures In Babywearing . Follow her on Twitter- she’s babysteph .

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