Friday, October 22, 2010

What's in your Pantry?

 My family is spoiled.  They are used to me whipping up a scrumptious dish for dinner not thinking that maybe Mom is tired or needs a break.  Well one night last week I was.  My youngest had a cold and I had been up all night off and on with her.  So needless to say by 6:00 p.m. I was pooped.  "Mommmy, whats for dinner?" I hear from my oldest.  My first thought was that "I don't feel like cooking" but then, I looked into my sons, "Mommy pleeeeease" face, and began to check the pantry and refrigerator for what I could cook.  Hmmm,  Daiya (non-dairy) cheese and bread; grilled cheese.  So I thought, lets do a soup and sandwich night.  I got a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes and vegetable broth out of the pantry.  I found a bag of frozen veggies (beans, carrots, corn, peas) and a fresh onion.  From my garden I got a bell pepper, a jalapeno (without seeds), some parsley, and Mexican tarragon.
My method:  Saute the onion and peppers and add the diced tomatoes with liquid.  Simmer for about a minute and add 3 cups of vegetable broth.  Add a dollop of honey or agave if the tomato mixture is too acidic. Add about a teaspoon of chopped tarragon and about 2 teaspoons of parsley, salt and pepper to taste.  Let simmer together for about 5 minutes and add frozen vegetables and cover.  Let the veggies cook on medium for another five minutes and them lower for another 10 to 15.  And there you have it, vegetable soup.  Right off the top of my head, no recipe, just using what was available in the kitchen and garden.  So my Southern Veg lovers, What's in your Pantry?  Let me know what intuitive recipes you come up with and post it on my Facebook.  Just click to my right. Whomever posts by November 15th gets their name put in a drawing for a free Southern Veg gift!  Enjoy!

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