Friday, June 6, 2014

In With the Old, In With the New

Every June I find myself in need of some serious freezer evaluation. It's the time to take stock of what's left from last year's growing season and use it up so I can make room for what will be coming in the current year's season. No matter what there is it always seems to turn itself into an amazing soup. This year is no different. By using some of my frozen stash and adding some of what is in season right now I found a winner!

Hodge Podge Stew

1 quart of frozen corn
1 quart of frozen roasted tomatoes or 1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 quart of frozen green beans 
4 potatoes peeled and chopped
2 c. chopped carrots
4 cups of chopped greens
1 bunch of green onions sliced thin, tops included
 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
4 cups of your favorite stock, I used frozen veggie stock
salt and pepper to taste
I added 2 cups of shredded leftover pork roast from the day before, but you can add whatever meat you like or leave it a veggie only recipe. 

Put everything, yes everything,  in the crock pot and turn it on high. That's it. Really, that's it! You don't even have to thaw anything. Let it cook for 6 hours  and serve with a salad of fresh greens and some crusty bread.  If you don't like to use a crock pot you can put it all in a big soup pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer until everything is ready.

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