This delicious Ham and Vegetable Soup is a great way to use leftover ham and vegetables.
It seems we are always making a ham for a holiday meal. After eating ham a few days in a row, I tend to get sick of eating it. However, I was always taught not to waste food. Therefore, I cut up the ham and freeze it in containers that hold about 2 cups worth of meat. I do label and date. This way, I know what is in the container and when I froze it. I even freeze the juice! When I make a soup like this, there is rarely a need for additional seasoning.
I hope this recipe helps you save some money and inspire you to use leftovers and turn them into a new meal to feed your family for pennies.
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Leftover Party Tray
Recently, we hosted a party for over 100 people and the venue that hosted the party for us had vegetable platters leftover. We took them home and when I took out the vegetables for the family to eat the next day, the cauliflower was already getting bad spots on them. I was really disappointed to see that. Of course, being the penny-pinching frugal gourmet that I am, I cut off the bad spots and used it anyway. Here are the before and after pictures…see, no need to throw away. The carrots and the broccoli was just fine yet, but I wanted to get that used too.
On the nights when I get home from work late, I welcome my freezer stash. I can quickly make up a home-cooked meal that doesn’t brake the bank.
When freezing the extra juice from meat that I cook, the fat solidifies on the top. Once the container is thawed enough, you can scrape the extra fat off the top-or in today’s case, it was still frozen, but thawed enough to be removed from the container. I removed it, put it on the cutting board and cut off the fat. Then, I returned it to the original container and waited a few minutes until the vegetables were cooked. I feel that this makes it much healthier to use. I have have pictures below showing you the difference.
The bamboo cutting board below is like the one I use on a daily basis. I have had mine almost 20 years…it is the ONLY one I use. I love bamboo because the juices to not soak into the wood. It cleans off easily. Is large enough to do a lot of work on it.