With many fruits and vegetables out of season in the cold winter months, preparing varied and delicious meals can be more challenging than usual. One creative (and very easy) solution is to pull out the crock pot and look no further than what is already stocked in your kitchen pantry and freezer. There is no real “recipe” required to create this hearty meal, although I have listed the items that my family typically likes included, and provided a few tips, below. Serve with a warm loaf of crusty bread and enjoy!
“Nana’s Vegetable Soup”
Chicken or Vegetable Broth (16+ oz), Frozen Veggies (peas, carrots, corn, green beans, etc), Beans (any kind), crushed or diced Tomatoes (2-3 cans), Diced Potatoes, Noodles (optional), and/or Ground Beef/Turkey or Chicken (optional). Stove Top: bring to a boil and then turn down to low/medium for 2-3 hours. Crock Pot: turn on High, will be ready in about 3 hours. Add Salt & Pepper to taste.