Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Italian Farmers Market Veggie Soup

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On a recent visit to my local farmers market, I scored fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk. They are so delicious, and the greens so tender, so I thought, why not use them in a vegetable soup? I also had a fresh rutabaga, carrots, celery and onions, so I set out to make this soup.


I used the greens from the Brussels sprouts, but you can use any greens you want, even chopped cabbage would work. The beauty of this recipe is you can use almost any vegetable you want. The base to the soup is simple, so play around and use any of your favorites in this nourishing soup.

Use vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian, or add your favorite turkey or chicken bone broth. Talk about fresh and delicious, it is so good you won't even miss the meat.



RECIPE
Ingredients
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups petite diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock, turkey or chicken bone broth
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large carrot, cut into coins (cut larger pieces in half)
1 1/2 cups rutabaga, chopped into small cubes (may also use butternut squash, acorn squash or turnips)
1 1/2 cups fresh Brussels sprouts, cut in half  (or use cabbage, chopped)
1 heaping cup greens ( I used the leaves from fresh Brussels sprouts, but you can use collard greens, turnip greens, any greens you like, cut into small pieces)
2 tsp. dried onion flakes
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Place tomato sauce, petite diced tomatoes, stock/broth, celery, dried onion flakes, minced garlic, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer covered about 20 minutes.

Add carrots and rutabaga and cook until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in Brussels sprouts and greens and cook until tender.

Serve hot over rice or soup noodles, if desired.

Enjoy,
Mary

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Top 10 BEST recipes of 2017

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Here are my Top 10 BEST recipes for 2017. I guess it should come as no surprise quite a few of them are pickling or jamming recipes, with a few luscious cakes and delightful main dishes thrown in.

I hope you enjoy browsing through them, as I did looking back on 2017 and finding the Top 10 to share with all of you.

So in case you missed them, here are the Top 10 BEST recipes for 2017.