A staple of a solid meal and with a soothing effect, vegetable soup is versatile, nutritious, and stores well.
1 Crock Pot
1 Chopping Board
1 Chef Knife
1 Can Opener
- 6 cup water distilled, filtered, or bottled
- 1 fresh carrot, large, diced
- 1 fresh onion, diced
- 6 cloves unpeeled garlic whole, chopped, or diced
- 1 can chicken or beef stock
- 1 can tomatoes, diced
- 1 can canellini beans interchangeable with rice
- 1/2 can celery, dehydrated
- 1 cup rice, jasmine, uncooked interchangeable with beans
- 3 pieces chicken tenderloin, diced optional, frozen or fresh
- 2 tbsp butter, real
- 1 tsp salt, refined
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground or cracked
- 2 tsp oregano, parsley, and thyme herb mix
- 1 dash cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Put six cups of water into your Crock Pot and turn it on, setting it to "High", a four-hour cook. Your goal is to be done with all food prep (all of your ingredients are in the pot) by the time the water starts steaming. Set up your chopping board on a towel nearby your Crock Pot with all of your ingredients around the board. Have a trash can nearby for waste. Dice your fresh vegetables: carrot, onion, and garlic and slide them into your Crock Pot with your chef knife and cutting board.
Open all cans with your can opener and dump their contents into the Crock Pot carefully to avoid spillage and splash.
If you've opted to add chicken and rice, this is the time to add your cup of rice and diced chicken tenderloin.
Add and mix in your butter, and then each spice, herb, and powder one-by-one, stirring for even consistency.
Turn your Crock Pot heat down to a 6-hour cook temperature, but note that your vegetable soup will be able to be enjoyed after three hours.
Check on your Crock Pot cook periodically (hourly) to make sure it's cooking evenly. Stir and check for any "stickage" of ingredients on the bottom of the pot.
Make sure your water-to-food ratios are within the type of soup you enjoy — add water to taste or ladle some out as you prefer, knowing that some liquid will steam away.