Saturday - Left over soup day

I know everyone is too busy these days to cook and make food during the week when they are working so I thought Id share my snack soup. Every Saturday I make a slow cooker soup. I go to my fridge and look at what left over veg are there. Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflour, cabbage, carrots, spinach, celery etc any of them that are starting to look a little sad because I havent eatten them yet goes into my left over soup. I cut them up finely or leave some chunky. Im a calorie counter so I weigh everything. But because veggies are low in calories you will be fine making it and eatting it if you dont count calories. Once all my veggies are in the pot I put 100g (dry) of Soup/broth mix (this is usually split pea,red green yellow) and barley combination) This is my protein fix to make you feel full. Next comes a tin of tomatoes (no added sugar). I like tomatoes so in they go. If you dont like them leave them out. Next is the flavour. This week is chilli soup week. I like hot chilli powder to give my soup a kick. Other weeks Ill use italian seasoning, basil, parsley, any spice really that you like. Flavour to taste. Most are low cal. Now personally I dont add salt at this stage. 1 too much salt is bad for you 2 I am used to not adding salt. If you need it added it (lower the quanity each week and you can wean yourself off salt). Top up the pot with water (yes I said water not stock) Vegtable stock is veggies with water, hence my pot is water. This weeks soup will be 120 calories per portion. I turn the pot on and leave it to cook until the veggies and soup mix (especially the soup mix)and stock taste good. (any where between 2-4hrs in my crock pot). I then leave the soup to go cold.

I put it a container in the fridge and if there is too much some in the freezer). I use this soup as my go to snack food for the rest of the week. I get a good 6 portions easily in my pot. I can use it to replace a meal if I want too (especially if its taste really good this week) You can add meat to it when you eat it if you want, I like mussels in it sometimes. A bit of cheese, cream, yoghurt (one not all lol) will change the flavour a little if you need to have a break in the week just go easy with the portion. The beauty of making left over soup is, its cheap, you were going to throw those veg out, it tastes different every week, the flavour intensifys over the week (you can always add a bit more water) and its low cal. I ping my soup in the microwave when I want some.

What do you do with your left over veggies.

8 Replies

  • Exactly the same as you! Except I don't have a crock pot - so just use low heat on the hob! Mine worked out at 130 cals per portion and 8 lots! (2 in fridge 6 in freezer). Made mine yesterday so just had some for lunch - it was yummy!

  • What a great idea. I am going to try this. Thanks for the tip

  • Hi Kate,

    Thanks so much for sharing your soup recipe - it sounds really tasty and I'll definitely give it a try sometime. I like making soups - they are so handy to have in the freezer or fridge. Economical and healthy too.

    Lowcal :-)

  • Hi Kate,

    Brilliant idea for a slow cooker soup, I do something similar without the Soup/broth mix but using either beef or chicken stock cubes for a more meaty flavor. I also do a version using left over cooked veg from Sunday lunch, which I liquidise with boiling water and then heat up with herbs or spices.

  • Hi Kate, like the sound of it, it is pouring with rain here and could do with a bowl. Have thrown out this weeks left over veg but next week will give it a go .

    Have a good week.


  • Fresh veg work too :)

  • I am looking for life changes. We produce our own pork and beef. I have often made a soup with left overs too. But need to leave out as much fat as possible from the meat and try to resist the pork crackling!

  • Adore homemade soup and make at least 1, usually 2, every week. Fab way of using up bits n bobs or when you can pick up a bargain in the supermarkets 'sick bay'. I have just posted a recipe for my tomato soup, lol, using a pack of overripe tomatoes I bought for 20p. I do love to cook, always have, and get frustrated when people say they haven't the time. I work an average 70hours ( nights) per week, have a disbled son, no family within 120 miles and have been divorced for 5 years. If I can do it......

    It can be scary for people though if they think they can't cook very well, or feel that it costs too much budgetways to do from scratch. They are amazed when they realise I spend nearly half what they do and feed 2x 24yr old lads, 1x18yr old daughter, myself, a dog and a cat!! Believe me, we eat very well.

    I agree with everything you have said 100% 😊

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