Have I mentioned that I’ve developed a deathly fear of letting things go to waste? Well, recently my parents, before going out of town for a bit, gave me a bunch of random things from their fridge so that they wouldn’t (say it with me) go to waste. I felt compelled to do something with them and it wasn’t too hard once I took a quick inventory.
When someone leaves you garlic, tomatoes, and an open box of chicken stock you could make two different things or just go with soup. The Wegman’s grocery store near me always has a tomato and orzo soup in the prepared foods section. It’s good, but it’s pricey and it’s utterly pointless if you have these ingredients and 10 minutes. “Simple and delicious” delivers once again.
UPDATE 9/12/11: I’ve been experimenting with reducing the amount of fat in some of my recipes. The recipe as I originally posted it called for 2 tbsp of olive oil. I’ve recently realized that a little goes a long way when sauteing onions. I’m now reducing the olive oil to 2 tbp and it makes no noticeable change in the flavor of the finished soup. However, it does reduce the calories per serving from 497 to 418 and reduces the fat grams per serving from 16.9 to 7.9. It may not seem like much but over the course of a day, this can add up. It also keeps the fat at lower than 30% of the total calorie intake for the item, which is a better ratio for weight loss or weight maintenance.