I posted a picture on Facebook of some homemade soup and a couple people asked for the recipe.
I kind of wing it, but here is what I do to make it. It’s yummy, the kids all like it a lot, and it freezes well.
Every week I buy a couple chickens from Costco.
I use them to make chicken stock.
I use the stock to make quinoa, rice, pasta, and soup.
I freeze whatever is left over to use later.
When I make soup, I make a double or triple batch, and I freeze that too.
For this soup, I just take whatever vegetables I happen to have. So the veggies will vary.
I use a mixture of fresh and frozen and sometimes canned.
For this batch, I used:
appx 2 cups of fresh cauliflower
appx 1 cup canned corn
appx 3 cups frozen organic peas, carrots, and green beans
I boiled some rotini pasta in about 8 cups of chicken stock. About 4-5 minutes after I added the pasta, I added in the veggies, a small can of tomato paste, and some crushed tomatoes.
At the beginning of the week, I make a big batch of quinoa (with some of that chicken stock I made earlier).
I added in a couple cups of cooked quinoa to the soup I was serving that night. Even when cooked, it will absorb a lot of liquid. I found this out the first time I added it to soup. After a couple hours there was no broth left in the soup because the quinoa had sucked it all up.
So I add the quinoa right before I serve it.
The kids love it. Even the kids who aren’t too keen on quinoa when we have it plain.
It adds a whole grain, a decent amount of protein, and some texture to the soup.
And when the soup is frozen in the ziploc bags, it’s a really quick way to whip up a healthy dinner when you are short on time!
Just heat up, add some quinoa, and serve!
Any veggies you have on hand — this batch has
peas, carrots, green beans
small can tomato paste
8 cups chicken stock
cooked quinoa (added when you serve the soup)
Depending on how thick you like your soup, add more or less veggies or stock. And if you run out of stock and need to thin it out, you can always add water. There is plenty of flavor in the ingredients that the water won’t dilute it; it will just thin it out a little if you like the soup to have more broth.
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