We seem to eat the same ol' things over and over again, which isn't terrible, but sometimes it gets boring. Throw in trying to make stuff low sodium and well...phbbbbt! :P
And the cost of food? PHOOEY!
Tonight Pooldad had late shift and Wallene was at band, so the pressure was off to get dinner on the table at a certain time. I checked the pantry and the leftovers in the fridge and decided I was in the mood for Broccoli Soup. Broccoli Soup is probably my favorite soup but I have never made it . I used to wait until we went out to eat and order it. I have had some good, some great and some meh Broccoli soups but I probably like the one from Ruby Tuesday's the best. Although I haven't been in a Ruby Tuesday's in over 8 years I don't even know if it is still on the menu.
So...with that in my head I checked our stores and noticed that Pooldad had made boiled potatoes and steamed broccoli for dinner last night. Yes! And we had $1 box of low sodium chicken broth in the pantry. Yes! Yes! Oh - and garlic and onions from my beloved MIL's garden [not to mention the potatoes came from there too] Plus we had shredded cheddar and Monteray Jack cheese blend. HA! Soup was on the horizon Tadpoles. [For added inspiration I went to allrecipes.com and checked out their versions]
I sauteed the onion and garlic in a TB of unsalted butter until soft. Added the chicken broth, potatoes and broccoli to the pot and simmered it until the vegetables were really soft. I took my immersion blender and blended it until it was a puree. You can also do it in a blender, but I'm lazy. The handheld jobby worked great. I tasted it and added a bit of ground black pepper to my taste and viola! That all by itself was a darn good soup - very low in sodium and fat/calories. I put some aside for me [I will sprinkle a tsp of cheese on mine later] and added two cups of the shredded cheeses to the pot and stirred until melted. OMGOSH - that is some tasty, delicious soup. And easy? Start to finish - maybe 30 minutes. I did toss in about a cup of chopped up frozen broccoli florets to give it a bit more texture and darker flecks of color, but you don't have to do that. The puree is just fine and dandy. YUM.
Sometimes I wonder if you guys don't laugh at me when I tell you my "recipes" for things - like "Oh Skip, WE'VE been making that for years! Where have you been woman?" But I don't care. It is new to me, new to my family and it beats paying $8 a cup at a restaurant. And maybe some of y'all don't cook or don't have time to cook - well, then, this is as easy, cheap and good for you as it can get. Plus you get to use up leftovers. :)
I am going to serve it with roasted chicken sandwiches [leftover chicken from last night's dinner] on homemade wheat bread and thick slices of tomato from MIL's garden. ::skippyhappydance::
Soup's on! We'll see you on the flipside gang. Enjoy!
ETA: Pooldad tasted it and well...he's pretty amazed too. :D
Tune in tomorrow for "BARGAINS"
Hint: There are three in this picture.