Soups and stews are great to cook when you have time. You can make a big batch and store it in small containers to have a quick healthy meal when time is tight later in the week.
Soups and stews are one-pot meals that you can make easily. There are so many kinds to try. It makes it simple to include veggies, vary your proteins, and make half of your grains whole grains.
Save your kitchen scraps
Instead of buying stock, try making your own with kitchen scraps. You can use carrot or onion peels, fresh veggies that have started to wilt, or bones from a chicken or turkey – whatever you have on hand! Just put your scraps into a freezer bag and freeze them until you are ready to make stock. When you are ready, boil them for a rich and flavorful broth. This can help you save money!
Let’s get cookin’!
When you’re ready, just dump those bags of kitchen scraps in your pot and fill it with water. Once you’ve filled the pot, place it on the stovetop and turn the heat up to high. Some good spices to add if you have them on hand are black pepper, salt, bay leaves, and thyme. Give it a good stir and, once it starts to boil, bring the heat back down to low and let it simmer for an hour or two. When you’re ready, run the vegetable stock through a colander to strain it and save the stock.
Good for any occasion
You can stick whatever stock you don’t use into the freezer for later.
The base of a delicious soup or stew is a good stock. You can also cook rice and other grains in your homemade stock to add flavor and boost the nutrients. Even just sipping on some broth is a nutritious snack and a great way to get fluids.
This homemade stock is just as good or better than what you can buy at the store and you can make it with what you would normally throw away or compost. Most store-bought stock is high in sodium. The great thing about this is you control how much salt goes in and you control the sodium that you’re getting in your meals.
This easy-to-make stock made with kitchen scraps is a great way to save time, save money, and eat healthy. That’s what we’re here to help you do at SNAP-ed, because the right mix can make you healthier now and in the future.