Mmmm....Cool days with a sick little one just simply call for soup! Yesterday I cooked up a big pot of vegetable soup and then realized I had never shared it here. I offer my sincere apologies; I know you just couldn't live much longer without it! heehee! :)
I started with this.
The bag in the back is the empty vegetable soup blend bag. I always like to add a little extra vegetables. I normally use butter beans, but we were out. I just used what I had. You can add any vegetables you like. To make the soup, place the vegetables in a large pot. Pour in the vegetable juice. Fill that bottle at least halfway full with water and add that. (I use close to a whole bottle of water.) Adjust the water to your taste. Bring the soup mixture to a boil. Then add 3-6 tablespoons of Better Than Bouillon Beef Base to the soup and mix well. (I use close to 6 tablespoons.) Turn the heat to low and simmer for a couple of hours until vegetables reach your desired tenderness. The soup is wonderful just like this, but sometimes I add previously cooked meat from the freezer. Remember that ham I wrote about the other day? I took out a bag and added it to my soup this time for a little protein boost. :)
Mmmm....It was so good! We ate it last night and tonight. We will eat it one more time before the leftovers go into the freezer in individual servings. I am funny about reheating meats, so when I added the ham to the soup, I left it in bigger chunks so that I can make sure it is all gone before I freeze it. Also, when I reheat the leftovers before freezing, I don't reheat the whole pot, only what we will eat at one sitting. Quirky, I know. I am just not sure about the safety of it. :) Maybe someone out there can offer some insight on that matter.
Until we meet again, may you be blessed!