Vegetable Beef Soup

vegetable beef soup

How was your holiday everyone? Were there lots of leftovers? Allow me to suggest this soup to try.
Most of what I used was leftover from my Christmas feast, what wasn’t I had stashed in the freezer.
That’s the beauty of soup! Broth, a few veggies, some leftover protein…Boom! Dinner.

Vegetable Beef Soup

6 cups Beef Stock
1 tablespoon Mixed Dried Herbs
Corn Starch Slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons cold water)
4 cups cooked Roast Beef
1 cup cooked Carrots
2 cups cooked Potatoes
1 cup frozen Corn (thawed)
1 cup frozen Green Beans (thawed)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Dice or shred the beef and set aside. Prepare and measure all the veggies and set aside.
In a large stock pot heat the stock to a boil and add the herbs.
Whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Stir until slightly thickened.
Turn the heat to low and add the meat and veggies.
Season with salt and pepperĀ to taste.
Heat through the meat and veggies in the soup.
Serve with crusty bread or rolls.

Peanut Noodle Salad

peanut noodle salad

We had this as an accompaniment to grilled chicken, but I think it would be lovely just by its self for lunch.

Peanut Noodle Salad
1 package Linguine pasta
3 Carrots
3 Green Onions
2 cups Mung Bean Sprouts (fresh or canned)
1/2 to 1 Cup Thai Peanut Sauce (jarred or your favorite recipe)
1 cup Cilantro leaves
1/2 cup chopped Peanuts

Cook the pasta according to the packages instructions, drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside.
Peel and grate the carrots on the large side of a box grater. Slice the green onion finely.
Whether using fresh or canned bean sprouts, rinse them thoroughly, then pat them dry or run them through a salad spinner.
Pluck off just the leaves of a bunch of cilantro to make a loosely packed cup.
In a large bowl toss all of the above ingredients gently until well combined.
Add the peanut sauce. Start with 1/2 cup and add more if you’d like.
Top the salad with the chopped peanuts.

Roasted Carrots

pretty carrots

I found these gorgeous carrots at the market! They really brightened up a Wednesday fish dinner.
I usually don’t peel the carrots I use for roasting, but feel free to do so if you’d prefer.

Roasted Carrots
1 lb. Carrots
3 tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Wash the carrots then slice the tops and the tips off of each carrot.
Slice the carrots in two horizontally.
Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in a single layer on a sheet pan and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Test with the tip of a knife for done-ness after about 15 minutes.

Dinner Tonight: Beef Sauvignon

I can never find Burgundy wine. Maybe it’s the same thing? Maybe I’m not looking hard enough. Whatever the case, I’ve always used Cabernet Sauvignon in my version of Beef Bourguignon.

Let me tell you a secret about this classic French stew. It’s cheap eats. It’s what you want to have when you are pinching pennies as hard as you can. I made this for six people for $6.34 per person.
Also, this is a great seduce a man or impress the in-laws meal.

Beef Sauvignon

1 large (7-10 lbs) or 2 small: Beef Chuck Roast
10 rashers of Bacon
8-10 medium Carrots
1 large Sweet Onion
1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
2 cups water
10 sprigs of Fresh Thyme
Salt & Pepper

Cut up your roast into large chunks, about 1 1/2 inch cubes. Trim off most of the fat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. (I’ll let you decided how much)
Snip the bacon into 1 inch chunks.
Peel and dice the onion.
Peel and cut the carrots into 1 inch rounds
Wash and strip the leaves off the thyme.

Heat a heavy bottomed stew pot over medium high heat. Brown the bacon until crispy, then remove and set aside.
Brown the beef in small batches on all sides. You’re not going for fully cooked just a browned crust on the outside.
You should be developing a browned stuck on mess on the bottom of your pot. This is good. Yur doin it rite! If the bottom is getting black, turn down the heat your pot is too hot.
After all your meat is browned, place it on the plate with the bacon and set aside.
In go the diced onions. Saute on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
Turn up the heat to high for just a moment and then add about a cup of the Cabernet and scrape the bottom of the pot freeing the lovely browned bits and stirring them into the wine until dissolved.
Turn the heat back down to medium and toss in the carrots.
Toss back in the beef and bacon and stir everything together.
Add the rest of the wine. Yes, the whole bottle.
Add about 2 cups of water or enough to barely cover the meat.
Bring the stew to a boil, Then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is fork tender. Skim the fat off the top of the stew every 1/2 hour or so.
If the finished sauce is not thick enough for your liking, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 or 3 tablespoons of water. Stir this mixture into the sauce. It’s cheating yes, yes I know!
Sprinkle the thyme over the top before serving with a nice baguette.