Yup, I’m going on the diet. Nothing but cabbage soup for 365 days!!
Just kidding (I just wrote kissing!)
But I did have it for lunch:
This was one of the easiest soups I have ever thrown together:
- 2 cups pre-chopped bagged cabbage
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen thawed okra
- A bit of diced red pepper
- 1 cup vegetable broth (prepared with water and a concentrated veggie broth packet I found at Trader Joe’s for 1 cup portions)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp Daregal Gourmet Grilling Blend Frozen Herbs (see below)
- Pinch each salt + pepper
- Sear veggies in olive oil and stir until mostly cooked.
- Add broth.
- Add herbs, S+P.
- Heat through to a hot simmer, about 5 minutes.
It made a HUUUGEEEE bowl. My plan was to just eat what I could but I ended up eating the whole thing! Probably about 2.5 cups.
On the side I broiled an open-faced grilled cheese made with Great Harvest High Five and some spicy soft gouda that Karen gave us leftover from her condo’s holiday party (we have lots more and some blue cheese too!) This grilled cheese was sooo good –
+ tea = warm and filling.
I had a package on my doorstep yesterday from Daregal Gourmet – a selection of fresh frozen herbs to try. I have to admit that I hate buying fresh herbs because they always seem to rot on me by the time I am ready to use them (plus, some are so expensive!), so this seems like a great alternative to relying only on dried herbs. The shipping on these is a bit steep because they come on dry ice, but if you’re someone who loves fresh herbs but uses them only a little at a time, this might be the perfect solution, as they last up to 3 years in the freezer.
I opened the basil (my favorite herb) right away and gave it a sniff – it was as fresh as our garden! And I used the Grilling blend today – it made my soup perfectly aromatic. I was quite disappointed to find huge chunks of onion in the Italian and Original blends, so I’ll give those to Karen 😥
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I haven’t made it out of the house yet. The husband’s dad and brother are coming here around 3pm to head up to the Panthers game and are coming afterwards for dinner (I think I’m going to make soup, so I’ll be having it twice in a row!). So I might save my grocery shopping for tomorrow and just stop by the store for 2 ingredients on my way back from the gym. Or walk there after 3.
See y’all tonight