Monday, March 26, 2007

Clean out your fridge Veggie Alfredo, Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

Clean Out your fridge Veggie Alredo
This cooking/typing with one hand is annoying. My cut is doing somewhat better. It is still bleeding a bit. The curse of having no health insurance.. it could have used stitches, but I am not about to spend the money on them. Moving on... this dish is a true one pot meal and used leftovers. My favorite type of dish. Monday is the day I usually deep clean my house, use up all my leftovers and clean my fridge. Today I only used my leftovers; sauteed arugula and garlic, zukes and tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, 14 oz lite firm tofu, fresh basil and some pasta cooking water to make this sauce. Just before serving, I added freshly grated nutmeg and pepper as well as a bit of nutritional yeast and truffle oil. Very good.
Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

Simple and delicious if you miss the canned thing. For me, it was a junk, comfort food as a child, so being able to re-make this at home is a good thing. There is no Martha Stewart in this recipe; just simple onion, garlic, frozen mixed veggies, fresh potatoes, tomato sauce, veggie stock, soup pasta and a splash of vinegar. I make a gallon at a time. My oldest son will eat a quart at a time as a snack... oh, and I add some beans to make it a bit more substantial.

19 comments:

  1. Alphabet soup was also my 'junk food' growing up..but at the same time was probaly a 'healthy' meal to me. Yours looks so, so good. Amy's makes a canned version that doesn't look that lovely - at all. (hers is rather bland)

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  2. You know, I've only recently started appreciating the wonders of a really good soup, and I bet yours would hit the spot. That pasta is also calling out to me.

    Hey, I like the new layout!

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  3. I hope your hand gets better. Sometimes aloe vera jelly helps, but I don't know about a big wound. Congradulations on your job offer! It's great that you could find a veg job. Pasta looks good (to me, all pasta looks good and tastes good). So how did you can the soup? I've always been interested in canning at home, but I've also always been afraid of dramatic nutrient loss and food spoilage.

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  4. Sorry about your finger.

    I just wanted to say hi, and that I recently discovered your blog. Your photography (and the food) is amazing. And while I'm far from vegan, I will be visiting regularly! :)

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  5. Melody - I got a terrible cut once, but refused stitches, but I used some butterfly tape - I think that's what it's called. It held everything together really well while the bleeding subsided.

    That pasta looks awesome!

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  6. My girls would love this soup, and so would I! Hope your hand recovers soon -- take care.

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  7. Liliy, I actually didn't can the soup. I store a lot of my soups and sauces in mason jars. I actually haven't tried any canning yet.. but it is on my To-Do list!

    Mary, the butterfly bandages are the BEST, aren't they?

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  8. Melody
    Beautiful pictures(I am speaking for all the posts).

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  9. I hope your hand is getting better. I can’t believe it’s still bleeding. You must have cut it really bad. I’ve never been a fan of any soup from a can…homemade is always much better as your picture shows!

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  10. haha that's great. alphabet soup! something i haven't had in years. hmm.. what to spell out next...?

    any food that is designed for playing is ok by me :)

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  11. I'm sorry to hear about your hand. I'm glad it's doing better. It's hard not having insurance.

    My daughter's a big canned vegetable soup fan too but yours looks way better than the canned variety.

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  12. The alphabet soup sounds tasty. Simple soup recipes are the best :)

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  13. That is too fun the alphabet soup!
    Looks tasty and I like the bean addition to give it more substance- great idea.

    Sorry the finger's not better yet..
    but the pictures still look good, as does the food!

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  14. Looks fantastic! I love soup. It is the best. OH, I love pasta too! Well, I guess I just love food! heeheehee

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  15. First of all: So sorry about your cut on your hand! This country and its health insurance situation - grrrrrrrrrr!!! - i'm hoping that lovely hand of yours heals thoroughly and quickly!

    Secondly: Nice new look of the blog, Melody! It's so and sparkling and clean!

    And speaking of clean: your cleaning-out-the-fridge foodstuffs are awesome! You wanna come out to San Diego and help me clean out mine?! Please! Mattie says you can bring everyone and stay with us...

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  16. looks good. im very sorry about your finger. I like the new layout!

    i will try the tofu recipe this week! and will et you know the result !

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  17. Sorry about your finger, that really blows.

    Your tabouli was a big hit at my house by the way. I think we'll be making it often as the spring farmers market will begin here next month and fresh herbs are about to get a whole lot fresher and cheaper!

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  18. I love the alphabet macaroni! :) I hope you feel better soon, lady!

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  19. I like different type of stuffs.
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    BPO projects

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