Making Soup Without a Recipe

cooking without a recipe

Today’s guest post is from my good friend and fellow busy mom, Dana.  Here’s how she uses Eating Made Easy!

A recent trip to visit Amelia inspired me to get better about using up the food I have in the fridge and cook without a recipe. She can just open up her fridge and come up with amazing healthy food choices without running off the grocery store.  I found the items in my fridge dwindling the other night but with her help, I came up with a yummy soup using things I had around.

Here’s what I had that was fresh:

2 leeks
2 chicken sausages
Tons of kale from my garden
2 sweet potatoes

I sauteed the leeks in olive oil with salt, pepper and thyme. Then I chopped up the chicken sausages and added them to the leeks, then added about ten cups worth of chopped up kale (stems removed). I cooked the sweet potatoes for a few minutes in the microwave so they were soft and chopped them up.

Once the kale mixture was soft, I added one box of chicken broth, one box of veggie broth and one can of diced tomatoes from my pantry. Once it was simmering I added the sweet potatoes and a can of garbanzo beans (rinsed).
It turned into a flavorful, hearty soup that was perfect with some crusty bread and I was so happy to use some of the things I had left in the fridge instead of letting them go bad and throwing them away.

I am so thankful for all the cooking tips I’ve learned from Amelia, and I’m pretty sure my husband is grateful too!

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  • Millie
    November 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    YUM! This looks so yummy and perfect for the fall. And perfect considering my usual lack of desire to make yet another trip to the store 🙂

  • Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco
    November 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    No grocery stores trips everyday, what a fabulous concept! Great guest post! 😉

  • Amelia
    November 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Haha, exactly!

  • Emma
    February 14, 2015 at 4:14 am

    This looks declious thank you for sharing. I’m going to try making this myself!

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