Tuesday, August 28, 2007

One skillet dinner & a bowl of soup

Last night was an empty the fridge / use up the leftovers kind of dinner. On the weekend, I'd made these tasty pork chops and had one left over. I'd also steamed a bunch of new potatoes and had some of those. Sliced and browned up the pork chop and potatoes in a big skillet, added peppers & onions, threw in some steak spice and tossed it all together with lots of fresh chives. Served it with some peaches and cream corn on the cob.....dinner's done in 20 minutes. I love having lots of bits and pieces in the fridge, all available to make a fast and healthy dinner on a weeknight.

I think I've mentioned how much I love soup. I LOVE it. I love making it, smelling it, eating it. But it has to be good, and absolutely has to be homemade. There's just so much good stuff that you can fit in a bowl. My son, thankfully, takes afer me when it comes to food- he will eat anything. Now he loves soup too :) The other day I made our favourite broccoli soup. There was bowl left in the fridge and last night he had it as a pre-bedtime snack....how great is that???? I hope this lasts and he doesn't slide into being a picky eater......

Ethan's Broccoli Soup
This makes a big batch, around 12 servings. It freezes beautifully.

A splash of olive oil
2 onions, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 heads of broccoli, cleaned and cut up into chunks and florets
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped small
1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
2 litres of chicken or vegetable broth
Salt & pepper
Tabasco sauce
Cheese for sprinkling (optional)

Saute the onions and garlic until soft.
Add broth, broccoli, potatoes and beans. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft, around 20-25 minutes.
Remove soup from heat. Use a stick blender to puree the soup. Add milk to achieve desired consistency. For a more chunky consistency, only puree half the soup.
Add salt and freshly ground pepper (I like white pepper), and a few splashes of Tabasco to taste. The Tabasco isn't meant to add lots of heat, just to brighten the flavour.
Reheat for serving and sprinkle with cheese if desired.

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