What to do with left over Crudités? Make Vegetable Soup!

Beth Plays MacGyver in the Kitchen with Leftovers

Crudités is a (definition time) traditional French appetizer comprised of sliced or whole raw vegetables served with a dipping sauce. For us it was a fun and healthy treat at last weekend’s birthday party. Ours included the traditional celery sticks, broccoli spears, baby carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, and of course the oh so delicious ranch and blue cheese dipping sauces. So now that the party is over, what should I do with all those left overs?

For starters they make very convenient lunch box fare, but, alas, 4 people can only eat so many raw vegetables without feeling like baby bunnies after a few days, so what else? SOUP. This was so easy, quick and delicious you have to try it. Here’s how:

Finely chop half of a sweet onion and saute with olive oil; Salt and pepper to taste. Then simply dump in whatever veggies you have left from the Crudités. I used some zucchini, broccoli spears and carrots. Simmer for a bit, or until things begin to cook and then dump in an 8 oz can of chicken stock. Simmer for a little longer and then take the contents of your pot and fill your handy dandy blender. Blend the veggie mixture until it is mostly smooth. Then pour the soup base back into your pot and add in either about a 1/2 cup of cream if you have it, or a simply milk and flour mixture. This will help it to thicken. About 1 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons of flour dissolved in it will do. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so and your done!

This is a super delicious, healthy and quick way to make great use of any left over veggies that you will not be able to consume before they go bad. Great in lunches and it also freezes well.

Enjoy.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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