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Waist Not, Want Not Refrigerator Soup

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Got leftovers? You have the makings of a great soup. Start with cooked lean meat or low-fat sausage, then add two cups of fresh or cooked veggies on hand. And don’t forget the freezer, where all kinds of treasures await. Serves 6.

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup barley, rinsed
  • 1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon each dried oregano, basil, black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • plus leftovers from the refrigerator or freezer

Recipe Directions

  1. Heat oil in a heavy pot on medium high and sauté onion for 4 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add carrot and celery and sauté 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until barley is tender, about 35-40 minutes.
  3. 10 minutes before completion, add leftovers below, heat through and serve.
Per serving (based on basic recipe above): 192 calories, 9g protein, 33g carbohydrate, 4g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g mono fat, 0mg cholesterol, 8g fiber, 99g sodium
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THE SEASONED COOK The numerous veggies in the soup base provide not just rich flavor, but antioxidants like beta carotene and lycopene too.

2 thoughts on “Waist Not, Want Not Refrigerator Soup
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