|This was my yummy lunch today.|
Perfect soup eating weather!
Can you tell I'm trying to look for the positives in this winter situation we have?!
I tried a new soup for lunch today. It's far healthier than my usual Campbell's kind of soup. I checked out the label before I bought it & was happy to see that it contained no weird things I couldn't understand, all the ingredients were organic, & there was no added sugar or salt. Win! Then as I compulsively placed it in my grocery cart I checked the price. Fail! So my pantry still holds several of those red & white cans. When I read the labels I'm just blown away by the sodium & the sugar. But the convenience is so fabulous...& their soups have the flavor my palette is accustomed to...their soup is fairly inexpensive & widely available...
But all those excuses do not really make up for the fact that these processed soups do not meet up with my intentions for this year. I need to remember my 12 for 2012! I was thinking that in pursuit of my goals regarding eating more healthful, unprocessed foods I need to try making my own soup.
I have tried soup making in the past with moderate success. I make a mean chili (with pumpkin!), creamy vegetable chowder, & beef stew. The problem is, all of these recipes make a huge batch & I know for certain that the vegetable chowder does not freeze well (you can take my word on it *shudder*). I'm mostly interested in some soups that I can make a smallish batch (hopefully in the crock pot), portion out & then take to work for my lunch.
I am also interested in making my own stock for the soups. I have a package of local free range chicken necks & backs in my freezer right now. Doesn't that just sound awful - necks & backs?! Anyway, I was assured they were great for making chicken soup. Problem is, I don't really know what to do with it & what to add to it & how to do it...
And to take things even one step further into unknown territory for me, I would like to start using dried beans instead of canned beans. Once again, I'm just not sure how to approach it.
I know that I can probably find all the answers I'm looking for plus a whole lot more if I just did a big swagbucks search & waded through the plethora of information out there on the internet.
But before I do that, I kinda just want to ask you guys instead *grin*
So hit me! Tell me all that you know about soup making!