Easy Vegetable Soup

May 31, 2014 comments   

I was asked to share the vegetable soup recipe I make. It’s a recipe from my grandmother that uses ground beef (or turkey,) corn, carrots, etc. I particularly like eating this soup cold (gazpacho style.)

vegetable soup recipe

Easy Vegetable Soup [serves 8]

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup uncooked rice
2 (~16oz) cans stewed tomato
1 cup sliced carrots
1 can mexicorn
1 (~15oz) can kidney beans
1 cup frozen green beans
1 clove garlic minced
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil flakes
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 beef bouillon cubes
3 1/2 cups of water

Directions

Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic in a dutch over or heavy pot on stove top until browned. Drain fat.

Add remaining ingredients except green beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes.

Add green beans and continue simmering 10 more minutes or until beans are tender.

Tips!

I like to use ground turkey which means there’s no fat to drain after browning the meat.

For the minced garlic I use garlic paste. They list on the back how much will equal 1 clove.

You can use any rice! I’ve only ever had short grain brown rice and it turns out great. I’ve even added extra because I love rice.

Mexicorn might be a bit difficult to find. There’s only 1 brand here that sells it but it’s in every grocery story. You can use a regular can of corn if you can’t find it.

Stewed tomatoes caution – many brands add seasoning to their stewed tomatoes. I make sure to get a can of unseasoned.

I add 4 cups of water because my pot is a bit wide and you want to cover all the vegetables. When I do this I add 1 extra beef bouillon cube.

I like to add fresh parsley leaves and celery stalk leaves. I don’t alter the recipe to account for these additions.

Feel free to ask me any questions. I didn’t know how to brown meat until my mid-20’s so I won’t judge lol!

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This Weekend

May 26, 2014 comments   

This weekend I saw X-Men in theaters.
Picked up some gumbo & po’boys for lunch.
Watched Monuments Men.
Watched 2 hockey games.
Assembled a bike.
Bought a rear rack basket for said bike.
Scrubbed the deck.
Then re-stained the deck.
Bought new bath salts to try.

Bought some Japanese greens seeds for early autumn planting.
Tried a new pancake recipe. Failed.
Cooked old pancake recipe with some modifications that made them thicker and fluffier.
Did a ton of laundry.
Made a wedge salad.
Made a banana split.
Painted a little.

Oh yeah and watched that insane Hannibal finale!

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