Even though I've been gone for almost half the week I did better about eating from my stores. Early in the week we had a stir fry. I defrosted some Komatsuna. I wasn't impressed with the defrosted texture. It became tough to chew. Not terribly, but enough to notice. The chard and spinach freeze better.
Then I made minestrone soup which is mostly vegetables. I love minestrone soup. It tastes so good, but is so good for you. It can be made either vegetarian or with sausage like my son likes it.
Daphne's Minestrone Soup
- olive oil
- 1-2c onions
- 1 c celery
- 1-2 cups carrots
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4-1/2 lb hot Italian turkey or pork sausage (totally optional if you want to go vegetarian)
- 3 c tomato sauce
- 1 qt broth (either chicken or veggie)
- 1 1/2 c grated zucchini
- 1 c green beans
- 1 c cooked spinach chopped
- 3 c cooked dried beans of whatever varieties you like
- 1/2 c red wine (optional - I do this if there is a bottle already open)
- T fresh basil or pesto
- t dried oregano
- T dried parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 c dried pasta which has then been cooked
- grated Parmesan cheese
Then came the frozen veggies saved from the garden: green beans, zucchini, spinach (not pictured), and pesto (only olive oil and basil with nothing else added, I freeze it on a cookie sheet and break it into chunks). I added my beans. One cup was cranberry beans from the garden. The rest were local kidney beans and Jacob's cattle beans.
Then I seasoned it with oregano and parsley that I had dried from my garden. And added salt and pepper. I always cook the pasta separately so it won't get mushy. The soup recipe makes almost three quarts so I freeze it without the pasta and leave some in the fridge for lunches. As we eat it the pasta gets added along with the cheese. I once made the mistake of freezing the pasta and soup together. Ick!
Minestrone is a great soup to use up anything that needs using in the fridge. Cabbage or chard can be used instead of spinach if that is what you have.
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