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Recycled Vegetable Soup

Here’s one of what I call my Make-Do Recipes

The basic principles of these recipes are to make do with what you’ve got in the house.  As long as you put love into your cooking it will always come out delicious and full of nourishing goodness.

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Right now I live part time in two different places and I’ve always wanted to start a compost pile but based on where I’m living its just not really possible for me.  I always feel so bad throwing away all of my food scraps though, especially when I’m cutting up vegetables and their nutritious skins and ends are all just going to waste.

Instead of throwing them away, I’ve started putting them into quart-sized ziplock bags and sticking them in the freezer.  Once I’ve collected two full baggies of frozen veggies, I dump them into my biggest pot and fill with water just to cover them.  I bring the water to a boil on high and then reduce it to a nice low setting so that it can simmer for anywhere from one to three hours.

veggie scraps

Once I’m ready to move on, I pour the veggie scraps through a large strainer into a big bowl and i smush them in the strainer to make sure I get all of those delicious juices out.  At this point I have made a delicious vegetable broth for soup.   Now I can either freeze this broth and save it for later or get started right away.

I make the soup the same way I make the broth, I just use whatever vegetables I have!  I usually start by sauteing a bunch of onions and garlic in a little bit of olive oil with some spices added.  Then maybe adding some (canned, frozen, or fresh) corn to the mix.  I love to roast vegetables beforehand for a nice stew flavor, you can roast things like carrots, parsnips, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, green beans, eggplant, zuccini, or any other types of squash.  Its all good!!

veggies roasted

If you’ve already roasted some veggies like I do, you can pour the broth over the sauteed onions/garlic/corn mixture and add the vegetables to the soup.  Raise the heat to a low-medium setting, you don’t want it to cook much more you just want everything to get acquainted in there.  Add a Bay Leaf and a few other spices and voila!  SOUP!!!  sooo good.  Make some rice and serve them together for a delicious hearty meal.

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Still Doin’ It!

baking sodavinegar

First of all, I just wanted to give a tiny recap to say that I am still shampoo (and conditioner) free!  I’m washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar a few times a week and my hair is happier than ever.

I realized however, that I really liked the title of this blog and I didn’t want to just waste it all on the No-Poo Method.  There are so many other little things that I do and learn about that I’d love to share with you.

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Just to start things off, I will offer a small gem, and on the same topic of hair care… Aloe is a magical plant!  I LOVE to use it in my hair.  Every once in a while you can harvest that amazing substance and rub it all over your hair.  Leave it in for half an hour or so and then rinse it all out.  And voila!  VERY HAPPY HAIR!

aloe harvest

This is of course the short-short version of an Aloe tutorial because there are SO many great uses for it, but maybe we can talk about that more later.  I will mention though that it is also a MIRACLE WORKER as a topical ointment for cold sores/fever blisters/ HSV-1.