For Friday night dinner I had planned to have vegetable beef soup. But, when I came home from work my dad had already cooked dinner for us: Salmon Loaf, Soup Beans, and Corn. It was a pleasant surprise.
So, on Saturday morning, I woke up and got started on the Vegetable Beef Soup.
I took the roast, left from Christmas dinner, that I had stored in the freezer and added that to my soup pot. I also added the lone baked potato from Wednesday night’s dinner, the leftover green beans and onions from Thursday night’s dinner, and the soup beans from Friday night’s dinner. It was definitely a “use it up” kind of soup. I added some chicken and beef broth, which I had on hand and some salt.
I then let it all simmer on the stove top until lunchtime. Here is what my portion looked like:
This was a big hit with my family. And I have to say that it makes me feel good to know I am using up food in my refrigerator and freezer rather than letting it go to waste. My Grandmother used to make soup once a week by cleaning out her refrigerator at the end of the week. My Dad still talks about those soups to this day and that was 60 years ago. My Grandmother was being frugal - she was using up what she had to save money.
How have you been "using it up" this week?
© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2011-2013.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”