March 24, 2009

What to do with a Leftover Veggie Tray?

Make Turkey Vegetable Soup...of course!
My husband brought home this tray of veggies that were leftover from a meeting at his office...
I knew I had to use them up before they went to waste...
...and heaven forbid anything go to waste in these times... especially!
I pride myself in being able to go to my pantry and make a meal in minutes.
Growing up in a family of nine, we had to do that often! So, here goes...
First trim and cut up the veggies (leaving the carrots and tomatoes whole)Next brown some lean ground turkey...(it's what I have on hand)and add a chopped onion...(red or white will do)
...and whatever spices you like. I added dried cilantro, rosemary and parsley!
Add salt & pepper during the browning too!
Now add two cans of Fat Free Chicken Broth. (I had some homemade broth from earlier in the week so I used it place of one of the cans.)
While the turkey is browning...a break for the cook...hmmm. a little wine?

And now add some pre-made gravy (whatever flavor you have on hand)
even...Cream of Chicken, Mushroom or Celery Soup will do to.
Combine all ingredients together in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Then let the soup simmer for about an hour. (very low heat)
Still simmering...
Finally...fry a package of vermicelli (or you can even use small broken up pieces of spaghetti) in about 2-3 tbl. olive oil, until they are brown and crispy. Doing this makes for crispier noodles in your soup. (Just add the the pasta straight from the bag for softer noodles)

Add the crispy vermicelli to the soup. This is the fun part...they sizzle when you add them!
Your kids would love to help with this part. :)
If you want the noodles to remain "crispy" add just before serving!
And there you go...a delicious and nutricious "Veggie Tray-Turkey Soup"
Hubby just got home...from working late tonight!
I am going to go enjoy a bowl of soup with him.


Diane said...

That sure looks like a nice healthy Pot of Soup.
Perfect for a cool Spring Night. I bet it was a hit!
Hugs, Sis

Lori said...

oooh, that sounds so good...i love making soup!!!

The Blue Plum Shop said...

Looks super delicious! I'll be over for lunch today. Hope there's some left over. LOL :)

Karen said...

What a great idea for all the left over veggies! It looks delicious and very healthy too!
Thanks for sharing.

Arlette said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I am going to give this a try. I've fried vermicelli before in preparation for Rice-a-Roni but I've never done it on it's own. And I for sure didn't realize that you could eat it crispy too. I definitely am going to give it a try. Thanks!

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