Put a big plastic container in the freezer and every night after dinner put the tiny bit of leftover veggies and/or potatoes that you usually throw in the garbage in the container, juice and all. When the container is full, dump it in a pot and add a can of tomatoes and maybe some rice if you like.
Add some chopped celery, onions, and garlic if you want. Throw in some basil and thyme and any other spices you like and you have the best cheapest soup ever. Best of all the kids will eat all those veggies they claim they hate.
If you do add rice, chopped celery, onion or garlic make sure to cook them first in the tomatoes before you add all those already cooked veggies from your freezer container.
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By Barbara from Rouses Point, NY
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
When this container is full, I use it to prepare vegetable soup or stew. This saves me from having to clean out the old vegetables that end up not being used, and I don't have to spend money on more mixed vegetables.
By Bev from Longview, WA
By Victoria from Lewes, DE
By preserver from Winnipeg MB
If I have less than one serving of cooked vegetables left, they go into an omelette. When I have 1-2 cups left over, they get minced and added to meat loaf, burgers, or poultry stuffing.
If I have a lot of leftover vegetables, or some languishing in the crisper drawer, it's time to make veggie broth. A gallon of water, a pile of veggies, and an hour to simmer gives you a gallon of flavorful, nutritious veggie broth for pennies. Strain and toss the veggies, cool and freeze the broth, and you've got a delicious, healthy base for sauces and soups.
Most greens wilt beautifully, so leftover salad can go into an omelette or the stockpot. Just sacrifice yourself and eat all the bits of avocado first.
By Fishercat from Albany, NY
Source: My Mom always did this.
By Wanda from Climax, NC
I found a great way to use leftover cooked vegetables. I liquefy them in the blender and then add them to my tomato sauce. It adds vitamins, but does not change the flavor. Also, if you have a very young one who is now on table food, and you are left with several jars of pureed vegetables, these too can be added to tomato sauce. These are two ways to use all the food you've paid for.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
When I have a tablespoon of vegetables left at the end of a meal. I freeze in a whipped topping bowl in the freezer part of the refrigerator. I add daily whatever is leftover. (i.e. rice, pasta, or broth from other recipes). When the bowl is full, I add a can or bag of mixed vegetables, and serve with hot corn bread or rolls.
My children love "Mom's Red Soup" as mine usually had a tomato base. They can also be added to casseroles. Thanks.
By Becky from Addison, AL
I receive a lot of praise over my varied and really good "homemade" vegetable soup. The way I get the ingredients for my soup is after each meal, instead of putting my left over vegetables (even if it is only a tablespoon) in the refrigerator, I do this.
I pour most of the liquid out (only reserving a small amount) and then pour all into a plastic container that I keep in my freezer for this purpose. I use a large see through container so that I can see through at a glance what vegetable are stacking up but any would serve the purpose. This also helps me make sure that I'm not stuck in a rut of serving the same old vegetables too often.
When my container is full, I will thaw and put all into a crock pot to simmer on low. I normally don't have to add anything but maybe some tomatoes.
Source: Too cheap to throw out and not enough to serve another meal.
Hate throwing away those leftover veggies? Don't! Start a container in the freezer and freeze any leftovers. I buy a package of stew meat and once the container in the freezer gets full, I put the meat and all the frozen leftover veggies in the crock pot and we have a great supper! - Marsha
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