Sunday, January 06, 2013

Another 20 minute Soup & Utilizing Leftovers

This soup came out really yummy, so I thought I'd give a shout out to some of my favorite methods of cooking: cleaning out the fridge and using leftovers.  The Boyfriend works out of town for the week, so I am pretty much cooking for myself, but I will still utilize my  method of having cooked grains/legumes/sauces on hand allow me to create a variety of meals in less than 30 minutes without sacrificing taste.    This morning, I cooked a cup of dried lentils to use in breakfast bread.  I can send half with him, and keep half here for my breakfast.  I used this base recipe, with oats, apples, zucchini and dried cranberries.  I also used less stevia and added some brown sugar since he is not a fan of all stevia sweetened things.  I should have written down the recipe, because it came out super yummy.  Next time I will.  I just throw things together as I bake when I do the clean out the fridge meals. 

Soo... I had around a cup of cooked lentils left.  I also cooked up a pound of white beans to have on hand this week. (check out Facebook to see what I do with them!)

Earlier in the week, I made 2 Quarts of Marinara and I had spinach and mushrooms that needed to be used up, so naturally, my 20 Minute Zesty Lentil Soup came to mind.  I knew I would add white beans as well.  I sauteed the mushrooms in a bit of olive oil, fresh garlic and thyme, then deglazed with some balsamic vinegar.   I put away half of the shrooms for another dish and added around 10 oz of baby spinach to the pan to cook.  Meanwhile, I added around 1 cup of cooked white beans, 2 cups of Marinara, and enough water to cover.  I brought it to a quick boil, threw in around 1 cup of cooked brown rice, the veggies and a squirt of soy sauce and 1/2 cup of my cashew goaty cheese.  I also added around 1/2 tsp of Italian Seasoning, a couple grates fresh nutmeg and lots of freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste.  This was super simple and so very tasty.  I hope that you are inspired to put your leftovers to good use!


  1. i'm glad to hear you're still making the bread. i bought a ninja and am using it to grind the barley again. Pan's made bread 3 times and this round was the best yet (he included an apple that adds that lil extra something). we've also been using xylitol since i don't have the kal stevia. i find that it doesn't leave any aftertaste at all. we've been using 8 packets per pan (we usually make 2 at a time). thanks so much for this and all your other wonderful recipes :)

    1. I'm so glad that you are making the bread. I think you can get stevia powder at Trader Joes that is just as good as the Kal Stevia.. I agree, the apple is really amazing in the bread. It really does add a nice flavor/texture