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Posted Aug 6, 2011 in Food, GREEN Berets | 2 Comments

Make a Big ‘Ol Pot of Soup

Imagine coming home at the end of a long work (or school) day and having a home-cooked meal waiting for you in your fridge. Cook a big pot of soup and this is what the future holds for you. To make ends meet during the summer I wait tables and working evenings leaves little time to make myself dinner or lunch for that matter. To resolve this issue every week I spend 2 hours making my soup of choice and my meals are set for the next five days. And soups are so easy to make so don’t be intimidated- trust me, if you can chop vegetables and boil water any novice can do this. Soups are also very cheap to make -only costing $20-30 per pot- and you can customize them to your personal taste (e.g. vegetarian, spicy, hearty, etc.).

Here’s what you’ll need

A big pot (obviously)
Garlic, onions, celery, and carrots are the base for almost every soup
Water
Meat, if you so choose and/or beans
A recipe from your mom, aunt, or online
And 2-2 ½ hours of your time
And one more treat: my mother’s chicken noodle recipe; awesome for when you’re sick, blue, cold, or when you’re in need of a delicious home-cooked meal.

Ingredients:

2 large yellow onions, diced
2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you like garlic), minced
I box of organic, low-sodium chicken broth
6 talks of celery, chopped
3-4 large carrots, chopped
fresh oregano and/or basil
3 free-range chicken breasts, WITH the bone- the bone is what adds a lot of the flavour
half a box of spaghetti noodles (or whichever noodles you prefer)
salt and pepper

Directions:

Fill the pot ¾ up with water and heat until it boils then lower heat to simmer
Add chicken, broth, onions, and garlic
Boil for 1½ hours
Remove chicken and set aside in the fridge to cool
Fill the pot back up with water
Add noodles, herbs, carrots, and celery and boil for 30 minutes then turn off the heat
Take the chicken out of the fridge and tear it into little pieces and add into the pot
Add salt and pepper to taste (but try to use as little salt as possible)

Now all these ingredients are interchangeable according to your tastes! So you can switch the chicken for beef, add beans and tomatoes, the spaghetti for barley or macaroni (or both!) and you got minestrone! That’s the beauty of soup: personalize it as much as you like and make this recipe your own. Be healthy, save money, and help the environment :)

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