Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Soup and Salad

Did you know that you can grow your own Romaine? It is another unbelievably easy pinterest idea.
When you cut the bottom off your lettuce, just stick it in water and watch it grow. There was literally a little tiny bit of growth from the middle of the bottom the day after I stuck them in water. The above picture was taken three to five days in to the process, and now we're two weeks in, and the lettuce looks like this:
Notice that I've added another batch of Romaine. We eat a lot of salad around here, so I'm super excited about growing our own!
Speaking of salad, the cold weather is definitely encouraging me to make more soup and salad meals!
Add a hunk of this Magic Bread and you have a restaurant-worthy meal.
Leftover Beef Stew
Set aside about 2 cups of chopped beef from a crock pot roast. Bring 4 cups of beef bouillon to boil. Add chopped potatoes, and chopped carrots. After 10-15 minutes, add frozen corn and green beans and two cans of chopped tomatoes. Add spices to taste. Add in the chopped beef from the roast. Let simmer for 15-30 minutes. (Can you tell this is a no-recipe recipe?--Add some things to a pot until it tastes good. That's the way most of my soups go.)
Did you know that stir-fried rice is a leftover dish in China? When we would order it in a restaurant, sometimes we would get a weird look--kind of like ordering leftovers.
Well, soup works that way for me a lot of times and this soup is another example. When you make mashed potatoes, make enough to have leftovers because this soup is yummy and easy!

Mashed Potato Soup
Basically for this soup, you need equal parts mashed potatoes and chicken broth--from there, you can add a couple of tablespoons of sour cream (or greek yogurt) and seasonings to taste. We like ours tasting very much like the mashed potatoes--a very creamy, yummy soup.
Garnish with cheese and bacon bits.

I can definitely tell you this soup got better and better the more left over it was. My family does not like mushrooms, so I had to kind of swish the mushrooms out of their portions, but that means I got to eat them all. It was very yummy!
Chicken and Mushroom Soup
Boil a whole chicken until falling apart. Reserve stock and debone chicken.
Saute celery and onion in 2 T olive oil. After the vegetables become translucent, 
Add the vegetable mixture into the rest of the reserved stock. 
Saute mushrooms and add to stock.
Add other vegetables (any you like), seasonings to taste and chicken to the pot.
Simmer for 20 or 30 minutes.

Like my new plates? They are from ikea and very inexpensive and I love them. I know they're going to scratch up as they age, but I was able to get enough of them that we can have an every day set and a company set. 


  1. Oh my word! I had no idea lettuce was so easy to grow indoors! I am totally doing that! Thanks for the tip! WOW.

  2. Cool Idea how long does it take to grow? And can you reuse it once you cut it off and grow more?

  3. What a fun idea! I am so going to try that!


  4. I had no idea you could do that with lettuce! We go through tons of romaine here, I am going to have to remember to try this.

  5. Thanks for this great info. We eat a lot of salad here also. I started 3 growing already. Its a little cold here right now so they are inside by the window, come summer I bet they will grow like crazy. We are having so much fun watching them. thanks
    Oh --and congrats,I see you reached your 100 facebook likes. Love reading your great ideas and recipes.