soup http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9391/all en-US 12 Delicious Soups You Can Make From Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178500303.jpg" alt="soup" title="soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck with lots of leftovers? Not a problem! Though I'm notoriously bad at using prepared food from one night to the next, I've found that a little planning can turn that curse into a blessing. And with food waste being one of the top money-suckers from grocery budgets far and wide, it's only prudent to wise up and make the most of what you've got.</p> <p>Here are 12 satisfying soup recipes &mdash; using last night's eats &mdash; that help you do just that. Just be sure to keep track of how long your foods have been the fridge. The Mayo Clinic guidelines suggest that most leftovers keep <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-safety/faq-20058500">around 3-4 days</a> before they enter risky territory. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers?ref=seealso">Thursday Night Soup</a>)</p> <h2>1. Easy Chicken Noodle Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30332-easy-chicken-noodle-soup-from-a-leftover-roasted-chicken">Easy Chicken Noodle Soup</a> recipe gets its &quot;complex flavor&quot; from a homemade stock made by browning the bones of your leftover roasted chicken carcass. Toss in the meat, too, along with some herbs and veggies for a hearty lunch or dinner option.</p> <h2>2. Basic Turkey Stock</h2> <p>If you'd rather make just a base, here's a basic recipe for <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/336482/easy-turkey-stock?czone=home%2Fsmart-savings-cnt%2Fsave-money&amp;gallery=275537&amp;slide=336482&amp;center=277003">Turkey Stock</a>. All you need are leftover turkey (or chicken, etc.) bones with some meat still attached. The rest comes together with other veggies you might need to use up before shopping for next week.</p> <h2>3. Roasted Veggie Soup</h2> <p>Vegetarians will love this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-vegetable-soup-recipe2.html">Roasted Vegetable Soup</a> for its robust flavor and adaptability. The recipe calls for chicken stock, but vegetable stock is an easy substitute. Simply collect a quart of leftover roasted veggies, heat the broth, combine, and pulse in a food processor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Lazy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>4. Black Bean and Rice Soup</h2> <p>I first featured this recipe in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 Ways to Spice Up Rice</a> roundup, and it's certainly a keeper. If you're left with extra rice, try this <a href="http://www.cooksmarts.com/cs-blog/2013/10/black-bean-leftover-rice-soup-recipe/#.U0M3qtwVQlI">Black Bean and Leftover Rice Soup</a>. It works well with inexpensive veggies like cabbage and is a great use for some of your favorite dried bulk foods.</p> <h2>5. Mashed Potato Soup</h2> <p>Holiday or not, you may have some mashed potatoes on hand from last night's side item. Rachael Ray has you covered with her tasty <a href="http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/15503_Mashed_Potato_Soup/index.html">Mashed Potato Soup</a>. I think this recipe would taste great sans bacon and with sweet potatoes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes?ref=seealso">45 Sweet Potato Dishes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Boxing Day Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1142/boxing-day-soup">Boxing Day Soup</a> is another post-holiday favorite, but you can use whatever leftover, seasonal veggies you might have in your fridge. The curry paste is sure to give this dish some unique, sophisticated flair.</p> <h2>7. Quick Minestore (With Noodles, Too!)</h2> <p>Cooked spaghetti is in high supply at our house, but I don't love eating standard noodles with sauce. The author of this <a href="http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/minute-minestrone/">Minute Minestrone</a> promises it'll make the &quot;most of what you have&quot; &mdash; and I love that sentiment.</p> <h2>8. Leftover Soup All-In</h2> <p>This mix-and-match <a href="http://3boysandadog.com/2009/08/recipe-leftover-soup/">Leftover Soup</a> &quot;recipe&quot; goes beyond last night's offerings to a full month's worth of remaining ingredients. The author puts foods like spaghetti, chili, and gravy in a gallon container in the freezer. From there, she combines with other staples depending on her tastes.</p> <h2>9. Beef and Veggie Soup</h2> <p>Try <a href="http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/my-sisters-whats-on-hand-leftover-beef-vegetable-soup/">Leftover Beef and Veggie Soup</a> for a particularly filling bowl. You can use any kind of steak you have on hand &mdash; cubed. The author writes that this recipe is a wonderful way to &quot;clean out your refrigerator.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive?ref=seealso">Easy Ways to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a>)</p> <h2>10. Fish Chowder</h2> <p>The author of this next recipe divulges that he doesn't like reheating leftover fish for lunch the next day. However, he doesn't mind using it in this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=165216">Leftover Fish Chowder</a> recipe. Tilapia is a good fit for this meal, though any white fish will do.</p> <h2>11. Vegan Leftover Soup</h2> <p>This vibrant <a href="http://luminousvegans.com/2013/11/07/vegan-soup-using-leftovers/">Vegan Leftovers Soup</a> is full of black beans, jasmine rice, and some Beyond Meat Not-Chicken cubes. However, you can use whatever happens to be on your own pantry and fridge shelves.</p> <h2>12. Cheese Soup</h2> <p>This last recipe is one I'm definitely trying &mdash; soon. Use the last of your milk, as well as random bits of cheese in this awesomely simple <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/story/112/#S">Leftover Cheese Soup</a>. It's got a dose of hidden veggies in there, too!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite soup to make with leftovers? We'd love your suggestions!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes cheap soup easy soup leftovers soup Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:24:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1136718 at http://www.wisebread.com Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soup_1.jpg" alt="Woman with soup" title="Woman with soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="136" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Thursday Night Soup&quot; is a classic working class dish made from leftovers. It&rsquo;s called Thursday Night Soup because, back in the day, factory workers were paid on Friday, so Thursday night&rsquo;s dinner was always scraped together from what was left in the cupboard. Regardless of what payment schedule you are on, Thursday Night Soup is a smart way to stretch your ingredients and reduce food (and money) waste in your kitchen. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-strategies-for-using-your-leftover-food">Simple Strategies for Using Your Leftover Food</a>)</p> <h2>Finding Recipes</h2> <p>When it comes to Thursday Night Soup, I like to cook by the seat of my pants. I have no problem, for example, dumping all of my leftover Chinese take-out into one pot with enough chicken broth to cover and calling that dinner.</p> <p>If you are nervous about leaving any meal up to chance, you can use the ingredient calculators on websites like <a href="http://www.recipematcher.com/" target="_blank">Recipe Matcher</a>, <a href="http://www.myfridgefood.com/" target="_blank">My Fridge Food</a>, and <a href="http://www.supercook.com/" target="_blank">Super Cook</a> to get hundreds of suggested recipes that use ingredients you already have on hand.</p> <p>The great thing about Thursday Night Soup is that it can be tailored to fit any cultural taste or diet restriction. Depending on how you eat during the week, your Thursday Night Soup could be a one-of-a-kind eating event or the exact same recipe over and over.</p> <h2>Holiday Leftover Thursday Soup Ideas</h2> <p>In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter holidays are the perfect time to start your Thursday Night Soup routine. In addition to winter being &ldquo;soup weather,&rdquo; Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas all provide abundant leftovers for soups starting with homemade stocks made from the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/rescued-turkey-stock-24576" target="_blank">Thanksgiving turkey carcass</a> or the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/ham-stock-107885" target="_blank">Christmas hambone</a>. Leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and even cranberry sauce can be mixed together into a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-thanksgiving-soup-197805" target="_blank">flavorful winter stew</a>.</p> <h2>My Thursday Night Soup</h2> <p>Most of my Thursday Night Soups start with homemade meat or vegetable stock. Sometimes my Thursday Night Soup is as simple as adding raw eggs and green onions to chicken broth to make <a href="http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chinesesouprecipes/r/eggdropsoup.htm" target="_blank">egg drop soup</a>, and some weeks it&rsquo;s an <a href="http://www.fwnstuff.com/2011/04/recipe-leftover-gumbo-laya.html" target="_blank">elaborate gumbo</a> that contains 10 different kinds of meat and seafood.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s how I make mine:</p> <ol> <li>I pull all the leftovers out of the refrigerator so I can assess what I&rsquo;m dealing with. Leftover cooked pasta (with or without sauce), meats, cooked beans, and cooked veggies are all prime candidates for soup.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>While I&rsquo;m digging around in my fridge, I also take the opportunity to go through my raw vegetables to find out what&rsquo;s on the verge of becoming compost, and I look at the sell-by dates on all my dairy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If I don&rsquo;t have enough leftovers to make a filling soup, I stretch things it by adding rice, pearl barley, or noodles from my pantry.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I chop the meat into small bits and add them to my big soup pot with some homemade stock. While the meat and the stock are heating up, I sauté any raw vegetables with some onions and garlic in some butter, oil, or bacon grease to bring out their flavors.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I try to add hard ingredients like carrots to the soup before I add softer ingredients like tomatoes to keep stuff from getting too mushy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I add fresh herbs to the soup about 15 minutes before serving.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I add pre-cooked pasta last to keep it from completely breaking down into mush from overcooking.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I top the soup with herbs, bacon, nuts, seeds, or cheese just prior to serving.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stale bread or crackers can be toasted into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/soup-toppers-with-style">croutons as garnish</a>. Sometimes I take a cue from French onion soup and top each bowl of soup with a round of toasted cheese bread.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If my cooked ingredient gets too mushy in the soup making process, I just puree the cooked soup. (I like using stick immersion blender for this because I can puree everything in the pot, but you can use a food processor or blender for this, too).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If my soup is too thin, potatoes (<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/leftover-baked-potato-soup-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">baked</a>, roasted, or mashed), cooked rice, and cooked <a href="http://meggsalad.com/2012/02/15/cauliflower-white-bean-and-leftover-soup/" target="_blank">cauliflower</a> are all good thickeners for soups. Yummly has a nice variety of soups from <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipes/leftover-rice-soup" target="_blank">corn chowder to lemony avgolemono that all use leftover rice</a>.</li> </ol> <p>When assessing your leftovers, don&rsquo;t forget to look outside your fridge. Stale bread, wine, flat beer, and even fruit can all be the basis of delicious soups.</p> <ul> <li>The main ingredient in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/9895/Ribollita-Tuscan-Bread-Soup.html" target="_blank">Ribollita</a>, the classic Tuscan soup, is stale bread.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/pintos-red-wine-soup-20-cloves-garlic">Wine soup</a> is another old-fashioned Tuscan bean soup recipe that is flavored with red wine and 20 cloves of garlic.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.onceuponacakestand.com/2008/10/white-wine-soup.html" target="_blank">White wine soup</a> is a creamy onion soup.</li> </ul> <p>Cheese is a pricey ingredient that is rarely leftover in my kitchen. However, the hard rind of Parmesan cheese is <a href="http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/using-the-rind-of-parmesan/" target="_blank">the secret ingredient in many soups</a>. The rind works well in any soup that would taste good with Parmesan sprinkled on top. I store my old cheese rinds in the freezer.</p> <h2>Cold Leftover Soup</h2> <p>Not all every Thursday Night Soup needs to be served hot.</p> <p>Spaniards use up all their squishy tomatoes and wilty vegetables by turning them into <a href="http://spanishfood.about.com/od/soupssalads/r/gazpacho.htm" target="_blank">gazpacho</a>, a savory cold soup that requires no cooking and is a refreshing alternative to a salad. I&rsquo;ve actually had great success at parties with gazpacho popsicles. Traditional Andalusian recipes for gazpacho often use stale bread to give the vegetarian soup more body.</p> <h2>Soup Roulette</h2> <p>Amy Dacyczyn, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Tightwad-Gazette-Amy-Dacyczyn/dp/0375752250" target="_blank">The Tightwad Gazette</a>, saves leftover bits of meat, vegetables, sauces, dips, salad dressing, and even other soups in her Perpetual Soup Container (a five pound peanut butter bucket that she stores in the freezer). When the bucket is full, she crosses her fingers, thaws everything out, and cooks it. If the leftovers don&rsquo;t yield enough broth, she adds bouillon and water to make up the difference.</p> <p>According to Amy, you can make almost any casserole or pot pie into a soup by adding liquid, and turn any soup into a casserole or pot pie filling by removing liquid.</p> <p>Amy has a much higher tolerance for eating terrible food for the sake of saving money (see her breadcrumb cookie recipe) than I do, but I have to hand it to her &mdash; this Russian Roulette version of soup preparation often yields surprisingly delicious results.</p> <h2>Not Enough Leftovers?</h2> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have enough leftovers to make a substantial soup by yourself, then join forces with your neighbors and have a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_soup" target="_blank">Stone Soup party</a>, where each person brings their leftovers to turn into a one pot, pot-luck (one-potluck) meal.</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s in your favorite Thursday Night Soup?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers">12 Delicious Soups You Can Make From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-pizza-night-fun-again-with-these-30-pizza-sauce-alternatives">Make Pizza Night Fun Again With These 30 Pizza Sauce Alternatives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes leftovers soup Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:36:30 +0000 Max Wong 959733 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Savory Soups That Make Perfect Freezer Meals for Fall http://www.wisebread.com/9-savory-soups-that-make-perfect-freezer-meals-for-fall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-savory-soups-that-make-perfect-freezer-meals-for-fall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3226845947_9c30cc3508_z.jpg" alt="carrot soup" title="carrot soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-phenomenally-frugal-single-serving-freezer-meals">Freezer-friendly meals</a> are a busy parent's best friend, especially when we long for a cozy dinner at home but have no time to prepare a meal. One of the best foods to keep in your freezer for nights like these? Soup. It's healthy, hearty, and kid-friendly &mdash; and will warm you up on a chilly fall evening. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-freeze-foods-that-dont-freeze-well">How to Freeze Foods That &quot;Don't Freeze Well&quot;</a>)</p> <p>Most soups freeze well, but some are better suited to cold autumn nights than others. Your family is sure to enjoy the following <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/freezer-friendly-meals-for-families-on-the-go">freezer-friendly</a> soups this time of year.</p> <h3>1. Crockpot Pasta Fagioli</h3> <p>Stephanie O'Dea's <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/day-305.html">Crockpot Pasta Fagioli</a> is a fall favorite in our house. Her recipe makes quite a lot, so you'll have plenty to freeze.</p> <h3>2. Creamy Carrot Soup</h3> <p>Bring your kids into the kitchen to make <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/09/cooking-with-kids-creamy-carrot-soup/">Creamy Carrot Soup</a> &mdash; or make it yourself and conveniently &quot;forget&quot; to tell them that it's made from a vegetable.</p> <h3>3. Lentil Soup</h3> <p>Lentils are inexpensive and nutritious. Nick Jr.'s <a href="http://www.nickjr.com/recipes/lentil-soup.jhtml">Lentil Soup</a> is a simple, kid-friendly recipe, or if your family has a more adventurous palate, try one of these <a href="http://markbittman.com/7-ways-to-make-lentil-soup">7 Ways to Make Lentil Soup</a>.</p> <h3>4. Chicken Noodle Soup</h3> <p>Traditional Chicken Noodle is always satisfying, but try surprising your taste buds with a spicy <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/12/sichuan-style-chicken-noodle-soup-recipe.html">Sichuan-Style Chicken Noodle Soup</a>.</p> <h3>5. A Hearty Stew</h3> <p><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/beef-stew-recipe/index.html">Beef stew</a> is a classic hot meal for a cold autumn night, and it freezes well. Also worth trying? <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dan-smith-and-steve-mcdonagh/chicken-and-sausage-stew-with-oven-roasted-potatoes-recipe/index.html">Chicken and Sausage Stew with Oven Roasted Potaotes</a>.</p> <h3>6. Black Bean Soup</h3> <p>Keep a batch of <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Southwest-Black-Bean-Soup">Southwest Black Bean</a> soup in your freezer for busy nights, or try <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/pumpkin-and-black-bean-soup-recipe/index.html">Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup</a> for a truly seasonal touch.</p> <h3>7. Turkey Corn Noodle Soup</h3> <p>Leftover turkey? Make <a href="http://forthemommas.com/cooking/turkey-corn-noodle-soup-recipe">Turkey Corn Noodle Soup</a>. (And don't lose the recipe &mdash; you'll need it after Thanksgiving.)</p> <h3>8. Mini Meatball Soup</h3> <p>Rachael Ray's <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/mini-meatball-soup-recipe/index.html">Mini Meatball Soup</a> makes a hearty meal that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with the addition of her Grilled Cheese &quot;Sammies.&quot;</p> <h3>9. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup</h3> <p>Apples and butternut squash are both in season, so stock up now and make plenty of <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/butternut-squash-and-apple-soup-recipe/index.html">Butternut Squash and Apple Soup</a> to freeze for later.</p> <h2>Suggestions for Serving Soup</h2> <p>Keep the following tips in mind when <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/warm-winter-recipes-kid-friendly-soups">serving soup</a> to your family.</p> <ul> <li>If you've never frozen soup before, Soup Chick's advice for <a href="http://www.soupchick.com/2011/09/how-to-freeze-and-reheat-soup.html">how to freeze and reheat soup</a> will come in handy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Serve soup that someone else made! By hosting a <a href="http://soupswap.com/how-to/">Soup Swap</a>, you can share your own bounty and indulge in a dinner you didn't have to make.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Unless you're counting carbs, round out your meal with bread for dipping. Garlic toast, cornbread, biscuits, or <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,174,153187-227200,00.html">beer muffins</a> could all be the perfect side for your family's favorite soup.</li> </ul> <p><em>What is your family's favorite fall soup? Does it freeze well?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freezer meals are a busy parent&#039;s best friend. These nine freezer-friendly soups are perfect for keeping your family warm on those chilly fall nights. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This post is by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, Parenting Squad. Visit <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/" title="Parenting Squad">Parenting Squad</a> for more parenting tips and news:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/free-or-cheap-fall-fun-for-families">Free (or Cheap) Fall Fun for Families </a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-build-a-brainier-breakfast">6 Tips for Building a Better Back-to-School Breakfast </a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/guidelines-for-volunteering-at-school">8 Guidelines for Volunteering at School </a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/september-shopping-roundup-products-parents-and-families-should-buy-now">September Shopping Roundup: Best Items to Buy Now </a></li> <li><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-steps-to-survive-living-apart-from-family">8 Steps to Survive Living Apart From Family</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/parenting-squad">Parenting Squad</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-savory-soups-that-make-perfect-freezer-meals-for-fall">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-low-cost-foods-for-everyday-italian-cooking">4 Low-Cost Foods for Everyday Italian Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-throw-that-out-19-great-meals-you-can-make-from-scraps">Don&#039;t Throw That Out! 19 Great Meals You Can Make From Scraps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking freezer meals recipes soup Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:36:41 +0000 Parenting Squad 954412 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Low-Cost Foods for Everyday Italian Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/4-low-cost-foods-for-everyday-italian-cooking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-low-cost-foods-for-everyday-italian-cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000013950453Small-2.jpg" alt="Woman cooking pasta" title="Woman cooking pasta" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have to admit I have a few pet peeves when it comes to cooking Italian food at home. My biggest issue is with the claim that good Italian food costs too much and is time consuming to prepare.</p> <p>I say &quot;Nonsense!&quot; and counter with a story near and dear to my heart: namely, my Italian parents' food odysey upon arriving in the United States in the 1970s. Like with many recent immigrants, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-life-and-money-lessons-learned-from-immigrant-parents">money was tight</a> in the Scordo household, and time was even harder to come by as both of my parents worked long hours. Yet food remained paramount. My mother struggled to find her native Italian ingredients, and when she did find a specialty shop, she quickly learned how expensive items like extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and quality meats and fish were in the United States.</p> <p>Eventually, however, enough Italians immigrated to our region of the United States, and prices for Italian specialty foods came down. My mother also learned to bargain fiercely and often bought her food supplies in bulk and with the other Italian ladies in the neighborhood, earning deep discounts because of the quantity of food she and her friends purchased. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-101">Bulk Buying 101</a>)</p> <p>The solution to cooking great Italian at home isn't complex; it's centered on knowing which ingredients to buy, which dishes to prepare, and how to most effectively spend time in the kitchen. What follows are cheap, yet high-quality foods for making authentic and tasty Italian food at home with minimal time spent in the kitchen. <em>Buon appetito</em>!</p> <h3>Pasta</h3> <p>I'm sure you expected this; it's at the heart of Italian cooking. Most Italians consume pasta two to three times per week, and it's usually served as a starter for a given meal. The typical Italian pasta portion is also small by U.S. standards; one pound of pasta typically serves 8-10 people. Good quality Italian-made dry pasta can be found online for for a little under $1.50 per pound and is even cheaper when you buy in bulk. I like to keep the following pasta shapes in the house at all times: thin linguine, rigatoni, penne, and orzo. Boiling water and preparing pasta in the <em>al dente</em> (translated as &quot;to the tooth&quot;) fashion is straightforward and fast. The sauce, or &quot;condiment&quot; as the Italians call it, can be anything from an <a href="http://www.scordo.com/2009/03/how-to-make-tomatoe-sauce-meat-gravy-sanmarzano-plum-best-recipe-italian-food-recipes.html">easy tomato sauce</a> to a bit of heavy cream and peas to extra virgin olive and thinly sliced garlic, and it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to prepare.</p> <h3>Beans for Soup</h3> <p>Our Italian family consumes soup two times per week at least, and we refer to soup as our secret &quot;diet food;&quot; that is to say, it's incredibly tasty, satisfying, and low calorie. All of <a href="http://www.scordo.com/2011/01/italian-soup-pasta-fagioli-pasta-fazool-lentil-pea-minestra-minestrone-beans-zuppa.html">our homemade soups</a> have water as a base and often include beans such as cannellini, pea, lentil, and chickpea. And, pound for pound, beans are some of the cheapest food items on the planet, especially when purchased dry. A good pot of from-scratch soup should not take more 30-40 minutes to prepare and can be the whole meal, especially when a bit of short pasta (such as orzo or ditalini) is added.</p> <h3>Pantry Items: Olive Oil, Canned Fish, Sun Dried Tomatoes, etc.</h3> <p>Yes, some of my favorite foods come in a can! Our family preserves, pickles, and cans sun-dried tomatoes as well as vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, and wild mushrooms. In addition to preserved vegetables, we keep lots of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-ideas-for-canned-salmon">canned fish</a> in oil in our pantry, including tuna, sardines, and anchovies. Canned fish is often cheaper than the fresh variety, and unless you have an excellent fish market, can be of higher quality and store longer. We like to buy and make our pantry items in bulk, usually setting aside the late summer months to preserve all of our vegetables and waiting for online sales to purchase our canned fish. Other Italian pantry staples include canned tomatoes, unseasoned breadcrumbs, olive oil, and dried oregano/thyme/rosemary. A well-stocked pantry is a huge part of eating like an Italian on a budget, just be sure to buy in bulk and make as many of the items as possible at home.</p> <h3>Bread</h3> <p>My grandfather always said that if a family has bread on the table, it will never starve. Nonno was right, and bread is the foundation of any Italian meal. Good bread is satisfying, usually cheap, and can be made at home or purchased at a local market. Bread also stores well in the freezer, can be made into&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scordo.com/2011/01/crostini-bruschetta-or-italian-toast-recipe-toppings.html">tasty Italian toasts</a>, and served with virtually any dish. Some of my favorite ways to use bread in a meal include a starter with diced tomatoes or a cannellini bean spread (this is usually called bruschetta or crostini).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vincent-scordo">Vincent Scordo</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-low-cost-foods-for-everyday-italian-cooking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-savory-soups-that-make-perfect-freezer-meals-for-fall">9 Savory Soups That Make Perfect Freezer Meals for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking food pantry italian food quick meals recipes soup Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:00:27 +0000 Vincent Scordo 481320 at http://www.wisebread.com When Tradition Meets Necessity: The Reintroduction of Soppin’ Bread http://www.wisebread.com/when-tradition-meets-necessity-reintroduction-of-soppin-bread <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/when-tradition-meets-necessity-reintroduction-of-soppin-bread" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soppin bread.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="233" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Many of the meals in my home contain sauce or gravy of some kind.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It&rsquo;s a great way to get a little extra flavor and filling from the drippings of a fried meat or vegetable.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It also helps to make ordinary meat-potato-vegetable plates seem something more extravagant.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Plus, I really enjoy it.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">After watching my 5-year-old tear into his food like a rabid monkey for nights on end, I started to notice he was also growing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This new growth spurt was making him a bit more cranky than normal.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It was also helping him to polish off at least two servings of food at each meal.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>At the end of every meal, it was all I could do to keep him from licking the gravy or sauce off the plate.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(He was not a waster, and apparently really liked gravy, too.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I remembered what my Dad used to do at mealtimes with his gravy-laden plates.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He would take a piece of bread, fold it in half, and scrape the gravy from the plate like a squeegee &ndash; getting every last drop of sauce off the plate, and also giving him a more enjoyable way to eat the bread than typical butter or jam.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He used to call this &ldquo;soppin&rsquo; bread.&rdquo;<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">After scolding my son for what seemed like the 80<sup>th</sup> time regarding his plate-licking attempts, my husband and I looked at one another, and then finished each other&rsquo;s thoughts.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>As backward as it had seemed growing up, the soppin&rsquo; bread was a great idea.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We showed my son how licking the plate was unacceptable, but that a piece of bread was a nicer (and more filling) way to get the job done.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He took to it right away.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He now asks for soppin&rsquo; bread at every meal.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Before you go thinking that I&rsquo;m filling my kid up with carbs, understand that a quality whole-wheat or multigrain bread is a fine way to supplement a meal.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Making it yourself with a bread maker is not only delicious, but ultra-affordable.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Instead of my son helping himself to another portion of meat or potatoes, he can get a nice, nutritious serving of fiber.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The time it takes him to eat the bread also gives him time to let his food settle a bit, which usually results in him not needing a second portion.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Your brain doesn&rsquo;t always realize that the stomach is full when meals are polished off so quickly.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Soppin&rsquo; bread can save money over the cost of often unnecessary second (or third) helpings.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It also gives a use to that small amount of uneaten sauce or gravy, and it can perfectly accompany soups and stews.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The savings (though small) can really add up for large families.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Those of you who hand wash dishes will also appreciate how much easier your plates are to clean when the bread is used.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Like many meal mannerisms, there is a time and place for sopping.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(I&rsquo;m sure I don&rsquo;t have to tell you when it might not be favored.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For a brief history of bread (and how it has been used to &ldquo;sop&rdquo; sauces and soups for centuries), <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sop">check out this Wiki entry</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-tradition-meets-necessity-reintroduction-of-soppin-bread">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/need-a-cheap-cool-dessert-make-your-own-shaved-ice">Need a Cheap Cool Dessert? Make Your Own Shaved Ice!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-food-supplies-for-the-lazy-skinflint">Emergency food supplies for the lazy skinflint</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Lifestyle frugal eats gravy sop bread soup Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:58:49 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2667 at http://www.wisebread.com Emergency food supplies for the lazy skinflint http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-food-supplies-for-the-lazy-skinflint <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/emergency-food-supplies-for-the-lazy-skinflint" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/104893LL.jpg" alt="Emergency Food Supply " title="Emergency Food Supply " class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who&#39;s read Linsey’s great article on <a href="/emergency-preparedness-for-your-freezer">freezer emergencies</a> will already have a great head start on saving your food, should the worst happen. But what about another solution altogether, for emergencies, that doesn&#39;t involve your freezer? A solution for those of us who just aren’t all that, well, organized and together? The answer lies in a big bucket at Costco. </p> <p>This is not a bucket in the KFC sense of the word. No, this is a 23lb monster called <a href="http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11219554&amp;whse=BC&amp;topnav=&amp;browse=&amp;lang=en-US&amp;s=1">“Emergency Food Supply</a>,&quot; and it contains 275 servings in one container. And even better, it’s got a 20 year shelf life and is good for vegetarians, too.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/104893LL_v.jpg" alt="Emergency Food Supply close" title="Emergency Food Supply close" width="400" height="400" /> </p> <p>Here’s the menu:</p> <ul> <li>30 Servings - Potato Ba-kon</li> <li>25 Servings - Corn Chowder</li> <li>25 Servings - Ala King</li> <li>25 Servings - Cacciatore</li> <li>25 Servings - Western Stew</li> <li>45 Servings - Whey Milk</li> <li>25 Servings - Blueberry Pancakes</li> <li>25 Servings - Barley Vegetable</li> <li>Total Weight: 23 lbs.0</li> </ul> <p>And the write up:<br /> <blockquote><em>Basic preparation will impact the probability of your family’s survival in an emergency. Delicious and Easy to Prepare. Each bucket contains 275 servings of Pre-mixed and Pre-seasoned 100 % Vegetarian and Vitamin Fortified food for you and your family. With a 20-year long shelf life, this kit is perfect for the preparation of natural disasters such as hurricane, tornado, earthquakes or even a camping/hunting trip.</em></p></blockquote> <p>Now, while this certainly isn’t as tasy and nutritious as Linsey’s option (this is mainly soup, stew and pancakes), it does have several benefits of its own.</p> <p>1: No freezer or fridge space required. Just a cool, dry storage area, like a pantry or basement.</p> <p>2: It’s easy to prepare all of the food. Just add boiling water. </p> <p>3: No microwave’s or appliances need. Use a campfire if you want to.</p> <p>4: Fortified with all the vitamins and minerals you need. </p> <p>By my calculations, 275 servings would keep a family of four sustained for almost a month. Not a pleasant month, that’s for sure. But for just $79.99 inc. shipping (around 30 cents per serving) , it’s a small price to pay as insurance against the worst happening. </p> <p><strong>Want something just as easy, but a little more gourmet?</strong><br />For the same price, Costco offers the <a href="http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?whse=BC&amp;topnav=&amp;prodid=11192506&amp;ec=BC-EC17036-ProdID11219554&amp;pos=0F&amp;lang=en-US#">&quot;7-day gourmet instant meal kit&quot;</a> and this is a collection of freeze-dried food for just one person. That&#39;s 4 times more expensive than the basic kit, and probably only twice as tasty, but still worth checking out. The shelf life is less, only 3-5 years, but it&#39;s just as easy to prepare. Simply add boiling water and serve. And for those of you counting calories, you get a whopping 2000 per day. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/169324LL.jpg" alt="7-day gourmet instant meal kit" title="7-day gourmet instant meal kit" width="400" height="400" /> </p> <blockquote><p>These foods are all natural and retain over 98% of the nutritional content, 100% of the fiber, and have an extendable shelf life. AlpineAire foods are the lightest, tastiest, and easiest to prepare food for any occasion, whether it be camping, backpacking, hunting, and long-term food storage. </p> </blockquote> <blockquote><p>Included in the 7-Day Gourmet Instant Meal Kit is enough great tasting food to last an adult seven days with an average caloric intake of over 2000 calories. The 7-Day Gourmet Instant Meal Kit is the perfect solution for any circumstance that might leave you with an unreliable food source. The 7-Day Gourmet Instant Meal Kit has a shelf life of up to 5 years and is 100% <strong>no cook</strong> options although some will require boiling water for best results. </p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>For sample meal plan <a href="http://www.costco.com/Images/Content/Misc/PDF/169324.pdf">Click Here</a> </li> <li>Enough nutrition for 1 adult for 7 days </li> <li>Shelf life: up to 3-5 years from purchase </li> <li>Contains: 7 entrees, 7 lunches, 7 breakfasts, 7 desserts </li> <li>Just add boiling water, seal, &amp; eat in storage pouch </li> <li>All natural: No added artificial flavors, preservatives, colors or MSG </li> <li>Ideally suited for backpacking, camping, fishing, emergencies, etc. </li> <li>Pouches designed for preparation &amp; consumption </li> <li>Net weight: 7.25 lbs.</li> </ul> <p>So there you have it. Two options, one price. One for basic survival and another a higher class of basic survival. Either way, you&#39;ll at least have a back-up plan for anything from a flood, a tornado or a really cheap camping trip. Stay safe folks. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-food-supplies-for-the-lazy-skinflint">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-preparedness-for-your-freezer">Emergency Preparedness For Your Freezer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks Consumer Affairs Food and Drink dry food emergency Food soup stew store supplies Tue, 01 Jul 2008 23:38:26 +0000 Paul Michael 2210 at http://www.wisebread.com Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000016791801_Large.jpg" alt="squash soup in a bowl" title="squash soup in a bowl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until recently, I was using one of those organic delivery services that bring fresh veggies to your doorstep once a week. It was a pretty good bargain for the price, the veggies were varied and delicious, and I got away with avoiding the grocery store for days at a time.</p> <p>The only problem was that, every now and then, I'd end up with a big batch of veggies in my crisper that were on the verge of losing their crisp. And I just couldn't bear the thought of doing a veggie sautee or another casserole. Also, because it was winter, I was receiving an awful lot of squash.</p> <p>Lucky that I was rereading <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375710515/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0375710515&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TE5SMS6Q56WOM4S2">French Women Don't Get Fat</a></em>, a book that I highly recommend for everyone, even the non-fat and the non-woman, and especially the non-French. It's a very charming read and does a great job discussing the difference in dining mentalities between Americans and the French (it totally helped me quit eating junk food &mdash;&nbsp;not that I was big into junk food before, but I was known to indulge in Safeway donuts from time to time &mdash;&nbsp;now, I can't abide by them).</p> <p><em>French Women Don't Get Fat</em>, in addition to being a cute, easy read, has some good recipes, and I found it inspiring enough to read a few times. I keep it around my kitchen for cooking tips or just to enjoy when I'm waiting for dinner to finish.</p> <p>Anyway, the author, Mireille Guiliano, offers a few tricks to make oneself feel full when trying to lose weight. Mireille offers some advice that should be obvious to all of us (chew slowly and <strong>taste</strong> your food, put your fork down between bites) to things I wouldn't have thought of (like using your best dishes all the time so that every meal feels special, and enjoying wine at every meal, something that all Wise Bread bloggers will probably agree is a good idea). Also, Mireille believes that most meals should start off with a bowl of soup. At first, picturing the soups that are served in my office cafeteria, I balked at the idea. But upon reading her recipe, I decided to make use of my rapidly aging veggies and abundance of squash.</p> <p>The recipe is exceedingly simple. The French seem to be fond of smooth, blended soups that are, more bisque than broth. I love a good bisque, but I never thought that I could healthfully blend a variety of veggies together and still get a great soup&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;turns out that it's not only possible, but really easy. It's an extremely healthy thing (it's really just veggies and water, full of fiber and naturally fat-free), but it's also cheap and it really <em>is</em> filling. Blended soups are not for everyone &mdash; I served it to a friend who said it was too much like baby food.</p> <p>The recipe is less of a true &quot;recipe&quot; and more of a general idea. Basically, you boil all your at-risk veggies in a big pot (add the ones that tend to overcook last, like the broccoli florettes). Once cooked, let everything cool, then remove the veggies from the broth with a slotted spoon and blend them, batch by batch, in a food processor. You can set aside some veggies if you want some chunkiness to the soup. Put the blended (and if desired, chunky veggies) in a separate pot, and slowly add some of the broth until you get a smooth soup of the desired consistency. Cook a bit longer, maybe ten minutes, until everything is evenly mixed. Salt and pepper can be added at anytime, but I prefer to do it at the end.</p> <p>For additional flare, I sometimes add white wine (especially if cooking soup with broccoli) or sherry (for squash-heavy or carroty soups) as I add the broth. If you want a true bisque, add a touch of cream at the very end.</p> <p>It's very easy to make too much of this, so go easy on the remaining broth. Whatever is left of the broth can be frozen for later use or enjoyed in small quantities following a meal (good for digestion). And remember &mdash; you can use fresh veggies for this, but the older and sadder-looking they are, the better it turns out.</p> <h2>Veggies</h2> <p>You can use pretty much any vegetable that you want, but you probably want at least one veggie from every group below to make a good soup.</p> <h2>Aromatics</h2> <p>Most classic soup bases are made with onion, celery, and carrots. I found that you can get away with doing either celery or onions, but you don't <em>have</em> to do both. Of course, you can. Carrots I love, but I find that they are more of a sweetener than an &quot;aromatic,&quot; per se. Also, you can toss a couple of garlic cloves into the pot. Bay leaves are a popular, fragrant addition to many dishes, but make sure to remove them before blending, because they just don't blend.</p> <h2>Starches</h2> <p>That would be your root veggies (potatoes, turnips, yams), cauliflower, and your squashes and pumpkins. Beans also count, if you have some canned or fresh that need using. Starches give the blended soup a creamy quality without added fat.</p> <h2>Flavor, Color, and Health</h2> <p>This is a catch-all category that would include all leafy greens (yes, I did cook some wilted salad greens into a soup once), broccoli, and whatever else needs using. I threw an apple in once because I simply had no idea what to do with it. It added a nice bite to the soup without being overwhelming. I had a bunch of green tomatoes that never quite made it to ripeness, so I threw those in to one batch and got a tangy, tasty soup.</p> <h2>Stinkers</h2> <p>Okay, so these are the category-crossing veggies to go easy on: broccoli, cabbage, turnips, radishes, cauliflower. These are what we call &quot;farts in a bowl,&quot; not only because they do tend to contribute to gas, but because they make opening up a Tupperware container of leftover soup a practice in breath-holding. Seriously, very few things are grosser than the smell of cabbage soup on day two. It will still taste good, but be prepared to open a window if using a lot of these (very healthy and good-for-you) veggies in your soup.</p> <h2>Garnishes</h2> <p>To keep the soup from getting boring, I make up some garnishes that I can just throw on top when I serve it.</p> <ul> <li>Freshly chopped herbs. Seriously, just chop whatever and sprinkle it on top. I like mint, chives, and cilantro.</li> <li>Sour cream. Take a bit of sour cream and mix in some dried dill weed, salt, and black pepper. It's a little like tsaziki, but will last longer.</li> <li>Lemon or lime. Just squirt a little over the top before serving, or even while cooking</li> <li>Croutons. I just slice up a piece of bread (I make my own, but I guess you could use regular sliced bread as well) and grill it with some olive oil, then sprinkle with parmesan.</li> </ul> <p>Because the soup is meant to be an appetizer and not a main course, I didn't eat very much of it, but it was so filling that I would often follow it up with a salad and be full for the rest of the night.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hambone-soup-and-13-other-hambone-recipes">Hambone Soup and 13 Other Hambone Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink leftovers recipes soup vegetables Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:09:08 +0000 Andrea Karim 209 at http://www.wisebread.com