Many of you may know that in addition to Simply Delicious Living, and writing novels, I work as a lifestyle reporter. One of my beats is reporting environmental news (for print & TV). For this Sustainable Ventura News segment (BELOW), which focuses on holiday food waste prevention, I worked with City of Ventura Environmental News Specialist Tobie Mitchell. Tobie cooked up a fun recipe I developed from holiday leftovers adding in a few ingredients of her own (leftover kale and grains). The result — a simply delicious, hearty and nutritious soup that you can enjoy for lunch, dinner or a healthy snack! (Note: For a vegetarian “Green Stew” use vegetable stock and forgo the meat).
- 8 c. chicken or vegetable broth (homemade stock can be made in the slow cooker with the turkey carcass)
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, diced
- 1½ c. sweet potatoes, diced
- 1½ c. cubed squash
- 1½c. chopped kale
- 2 bay leafs
- Italian spice seasoning blend
- Himalayan sea salt
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red chili pepper flakes (optional)
- 3 c. Leftover turkey or ham diced or shredded (optional)
- 1½ c. Leftover prepared rice or pasta noodles (optional)
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over low heat on the stovetop and add in onions and garlic, celery, and carrots and sauté until slightly golden.
- Place the broth, meat, other vegetables, and celery and onion mix, 2 bay leafs, Italian seasonings, and a few dashes of salt and pepper in a large pot*. Bring to a boil and simmer about 1.5 hours or so.
- If adding prepared rice, noodles, and/or leafy vegetables, add these for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
- Taste the soup and see if it might need more seasoning. For a little “kick” add in a dash of red chili pepper flakes to taste.
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Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15. For more about the televised schedule on CAPS-TV’s Channel 15, visit: Caps Media TV Schedule