30 Oct Saving Time With Char: Soup’s On- Florentine Style
Does your freezer ever get a little busy? You know, it just becomes packed with just one too many bags of frozen artichoke hearts? On Saturday, I opened the freezer door, and it was bulging. I had to do something to remedy the situation of the overstuffed freezer.
And so, the Saturday Soup Recipe was invented. I call this Florentine Style, because it has tomatoes and spinach in it.
I didn’t have my stopwatch on, but I am guessing that it took about four minutes to put this soup together. It might be a cousin to one of Jeff Novick’s dishes. But, here’s what I did to make a soup that the entire family loved! Did I just say that? Yes, they loved it!
One 20 ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes (chopped) (if you can’t find low sodium, rinse them with water)
1 bag of each, frozen rice and beans, cauliflower, and spinach
20 ounces of water
What to Do
- Set your Crockpot® to high;
- Open all bags and tomatoes and pour into your Crockpot®;
- Stir and cover;
- Cook for 2-3 hours;
- Let cool and season with your favorite spices (I used garlic power, chili powder);
- Garnish with chopped cilantro.
This dish makes about 2 quarts of soup. It will be a thicker soup. So flavorful and delicious. You can serve it with a hearty salad, and some Engine 2 Crackers. Perfect meal!
Making it More Versatile
After you’ve made the soup, divide the soup in half.
Season one, say, with oregano, garlic, basil, and chili flakes. Garnish with flat parsley.
And for the other, give it a Mexican flair with garlic, ground cumin, chili flakes. Garnish with cilantro.
You’ll have one pot, and two meals.
In the End
I always like variety. And I like the fact that it took me five minutes to create a fabulous plant-strong dinner, with enough left over for lunch and snack. And, I really made two meals.
Does it get any easier than this? Do not think so. The good thing about this is that it is a HUGE departure from the conventional soups that are on the market. You know, the ones loaded with salt, fat and sugar.
I am always looking to see how others save time in the kitchen, but still add flavor and nutrients to what they make. Tell me what your fav go-to easy meal?
But really, I think I may have won the Olympics for Plant-Strong Soup Making!
“Lettuce Hear from You!”