Refrigerator Soup. What the heck is “refrigerator soup?” you ask. It’s whatever you have left in your refrigerator at the end of your shopping cycle which you then chop up and throw into a pot. With broth. And wine.
As promised post-cookie-bar-hangover, today’s post includes kale. Kale! Purge my soul (and arteries) my good friend, dark leafy greens!
This is–hands down–my favorite kind of soup to make, in case you’re wondering. I love to make refrigerator soup for three reasons:
1. It insures I don’t waste. Anything that grows out of the ground and a few other items that I found in my fridge are in this here bowl.
2. It’s DE-lish and different every time I make it. Fun!
3. It’s healthy. But of course.
It’s hard to record a recipe for food items such as this, but I will share what I did yesterday, K? If you’re a psycho-measurer or to-the-letter-instruction-manual-follower, you are likely to be annoyed very soon…
Ingredients (as I recall…) 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 onion, 2 cloves garlic, two kinds of cauliflower, broccoli, stems and leaves from both as well, carrots, celery, kale (KALE :)!), leftover brown rice, leftover chicken, chicken broth, 1/4 cup white wine, blob of “better than boulion,” salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: Chop up and simmer everything from the beginning of the list until you arrive at the rice. Cook down until veggies get a bit softer. Add everything else and bring to a boil. Leave at a good bubbling place until veggies are cooked. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Tips: Quantity on the afore mentioned items…? Yeah… Uh… How does “whatever you’ve got” sound? Also, timing on this is also absolutely not key. I didn’t pay a lick of attention to how long any of this took, I’m sorry to say… I was in domestic mode yesterday, cleaning my floors, folding laundry, dusting, etc, so I just popped by every 20 mins or so to take a gander at what was going on. But hey, that’s me.
So, you know, with absolutely no details of any kind to follow, this recipe prolly won’t make it into my cookbook someday. But man did we enjoy it last night.