Beef veggie soup.
I won 3rd place in a cooking contest out of 867 entries with this soup. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is.
First thing you do is get around 5 lbs of chuck roast. In a 5 quart size cooking, or stock, pot, pour in about 4 quarts of water. Put the chuck roasts in and cook. Simmer for about 3-4 hours to get the meat good and done, and to make the broth as flavorful as possible. Turn off the flame and let the broth sit until cooled enough to put in the refrigerator. In the meantime, remove the meat right after you turn off the flame and start to separate the meat tendrils from the fat as soon as you can hold chunks of the meat in your hands comfortably. It’s easier to separate the meat when it is still really warm. Throw away the fat and save the meat in a ziplock bag. Put that in the refrigerator as well. The next day, you can start to make the soup. All you have to do is put together all these ingredients at the same time. Just dump it all in there and turn on the flame. Simmer until everything is done. Now for the ingredients.
After the broth has set overnight in the refrigerator, remove the congealed fat from the top of the broth and throw away. Put the pot on the stove and turn on the flame to medium. Then start putting in the rest of the ingredients. When the soup starts to boil, turn the flame down to simmer.
Along with the meat, add:
1 medium onion diced
2 stalks of celery thinly sliced
From your grocery’s freezer section, get:
1 19oz bag of the Green Giant herb and garlic seasoned roasted potatoes.
1 12-16oz bag of the Green Giant herb and garlic seasoned broccoli and carrots.
1 11-16oz bag of white corn
1 11-16oz bag of petit green peas
You can add 1 11-16oz bag of mixed veggies, too, if you want
Throw all that in the pot. Then add:
2 tblsp parsley chopped
1 46floz size can of tomato juice
1 14.5oz size can of herb and garlic seasoned diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Simmer until all are done.
See how simple this is? And believe me, your family will love it if they like veggie soup.
PS: If you want to make this soup extra slimming, add 2 tsp tumeric, sliced zucchini, and a sprinkling of chia seeds to it. It won’t change the taste. It will, however, boost the calorie busting ability. Enjoy.
Want to know the secret behind truly flat chocolate chip cookies? This is my sister Mary’s discovery. These are chewy and so flat my nephew calls them chocolate chip crackers. I’ll leave the secret down below the recipe here so don’t do anything with the recipe until you read the TIP. Enjoy. :)
Here is the recipe directly from the Nestle chocolate chip bag:
Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12oz) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsals
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375ºF
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsals and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
When you are measuring the flour, fluff it up a bit with a fork, then use the scoop to scoop out enough flour to fill a 1 cup measuring cup. Scrape off the excess but DO NOT shake the cup to settle the flour. Just pour it out into the bowl and get another cup. Do the same with that one, too. Then get a 1/4 cup measuring cup and do the same with it. Mary also halved the amount of salt she uses, but I’m wondering if that has anything to do with it. I tried only halving the salt and the cookies were still not flat. But when I measured out the flour like she does, I got very flat cookies. They are chewy if you don’t bake them longer than is required. Simple, isn’t it? :)