Monday, February 6, 2012

Summer's Bounty in February

Do you remember these?

and these?

In the winter they become this:

I took a piping hot bowl of this homemade vegetable soup and some saltine crackers to my mother in the nursing home. She ate the whole bowl with saltines broken up in it! Her appetite had been nonexistent the day before. Several days a week she is very nauseated due to her kidney disease and being on dialysis. So I was thrilled when she scrarfed down the soup.

It was a great weekend for making and eating soup. Dreary, rainy, cool...

My recipe for the soup:

1 large bag of frozen homegrown tomatoes

2 bags of Food Lion brand frozen vegetables for soup (contains everything, including okra, carrots, potatoes, green beans, peas, celery, etc.) Only $1.07 a bag AND SO EASY!

1 lb of lean hamburger, browned and drained

Chopped onion and green pepper cooked with the hamburger

A few shakes of garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper

Salt to taste. I didn't add much salt because my hubby, my mother and I don't need the sodium. My theory is that a little salt can always be added to your bowl, but it can't be taken out once its in the main dish.

I threw it all together in the crockpot, and let it cook for several hours.

Its so easy to make a big pot of soup and so much more healthy than the canned varieties. My hubby and I can take a bowl for lunch and avoid the sodium and other unwanted ingredients.

I hope you had a great February weekend, filled with coziness!


Impera_Magna said...

Magazine-worthy photo of the tomatoes and the slow-cooking soup! I'm glad your mother enjoyed the soup you took to her...

Pen Pen said...

YUMMY! We didn't have any luck this past year with our tomatoes, but I am hoping for a better year this year. I'm so happy your mom was able to enjoy the soup!

Auntie M said...

Wonderful post, Debbie! And, I do agree that the pictures are magazine worthy. I must look for the bags of frozen veggies for soup.

And, we are very glad that your mother felt like eating the soup.
But, then, who could refuse such good food.

Have a great week.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Yum! I might try it minus the GB. I agree about the salt and do the same.

Rhonda said...

The soup sounds good! That's great that your mother was able to enjoy it, too. :)

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