you seemed to like the refried bean chilli i posted a while back, so here’s another what to do with leftovers recipe.
basically opening up the fridge, grabbing those half dead veggies that have seen better days, adding whatever else you happened to have laying around, and creating something delicious.
it’s my favourite way of cooking. and we’re cutting our food waste in the meantime !
so a while back i made the mashed potatoes gone wild video, and after that i had a bunch of carrots, potatoes, and half a rutabaga in my fridge. so i made this warming, comforting root veggie and lentil soup.
ridiculously easy, tasty as can be !
now, since we’re cooking with leftovers, this recipe isn’t really a recipe. it’s more of an inspiration post, because the whole idea is for you to use whatever you have in your fridge, not for you to go out and buy whatever i happened to have in mine.
lentil, rutabega & potato soup
makes a huge pot, how many servings depend on how much you like soup ^^
5 medium sized potatoes, diced
0.5 small rutabaga, diced in small cubes
2 large onions, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
about 4 000 ml / 1 gallon water
homemade buillon / or organic vegetable buillon / or red miso paste ( adjust amount depending on which you use )
250 ml / 1 cup red lentils, uncooked
dried thyme, to taste
2 large or 3 small carrots, thinly sliced
500 ml / 2 cups white cabbage, shredded
a few tbsp of nutritional yeast ( optional )
salt & white pepper, to taste
a pinch of turmeric for good measure ( optional )
organic dijon mustard, to taste
nutritional yeast, thinly sliced red bell peppers, spinach, chilli flakes
– in a large pot, add potatos, rutabaga, garlic and onion with a little bit of water, salt and pepper. cook until the veggies are starting to brown just a little.
– add about 2/3 of the waterand stir. as the veggies soften, you can add more water to adjust consistency if needed.
– add lentils, thyme, turmeric, and buillon ( if you’re using miso, wait till the soup is done before adding ). bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer.
– when the lentils and veggies are almost done, add carrots and cabbage and cook for a few minutes, preserving some of the crunchiness. mash everything up a bit, using a spoon or whisk. i like leaving it chunky though.
– remove from heat and season with nutritional yeast ( if using ), salt, white pepper, and miso ( if you’re using that instead of buillon ).
– finish off with a healthy spoon of mustard in each bowl !
– great served with spinach, sliced bell pepper, chilli flakes, and of course – more nutritional yeast.
depending on what you have in your fridge, here are some other stuff that would probably be great thrown into this soup :
– cooked beans
– chilli sauce
– cooked rice, or other grains
– soy mince
– leftover stews
– almost any type of veggie of course
– avocado on top
one day for lunch, we threw in some cooked ramen noodles and that was actually delicious. go crazy kids !
what’s in your fridge right now ?
tell me your leftovers and i might make it my next what to do with leftovers recipe !
love // jenny
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