No Waste Tastes Great / We’re Talking Soup

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

Top Shelf – Spreads, cheese, garlic and 2 x green chilli’s (in blue tub)

Top Middle Shelf – Grapes and some leftover raspberry frosting

Bottom Middle Shelf – Small head of broccoli and a handful of cooked pasta

Bottom Shelf – My Mom’s home-made pickled beetroot (yes another jar!)

Door – Milk and OJ

Not bad eh?

The plan – not too taxing this week…

Top shelf all in date – sorted.

Grapes will be eaten after school today by the Kids and I. The frosting is left over from decorating some muffins on Monday. First-born wants to do a cake-stall at the weekend and sell them to unsuspecting relatives – that should use all the frosting up. She’s donating the money to charity.

The handful of pasta I will add some veggies and sauce for Second-born’s lunch after school (he only attends morning’s at the moment).

And the broccoli has already been dealt with;

I’m slow-cooking it on high (so it should be ready by lunchtime as it’s a small portion) with cheese. I’ll have it as soup for lunch today and tomorrow.

Talking about soup. I also have these remaining from my grocery shop;

6 sweet potatoes, a butternut squash and two onions. I have a great recipe to batch cook two different kinds of soup from these ingredients (using the 2 chillis also). They’ll be frozen for lunches next week.

So what’s for dinner tonight as there isn’t anything to use up? Well Friday Night is Date Night at Chez Wright. We had been partaking in a takeaway but since my cooking from scratch experiment I’m finding it harder to make that call and put my order in. Friday night is now slow-cooked curry night. As I now grocery shop on a Friday, I grab anything I need and load the slow cooker up after lunch. The Kids will be having home-made flat-bread pizza and veggies. I’ll make some extra flat-breads for the Hubby and I to have with our curry.

Just going back to soup for a moment, I have decided to put together a mini e-book of my 6 favourite simple vegetarian slow-cooked soups. It’s a free e-book, a little thank you to you all for reading (and putting up with me!).  I’m not sure exactly when it will be completed. Daytime light currently in the UK is making taking decent photos difficult. A particular problem for me, as my kitchen has black granite worktops and a very dark floor.

If you would like a copy either comment here and confirm you’d like a copy e-mailed, or contact me directly at simplybeingmum (at) gmail (dot) com.

I never e-mail readers without their specific consent. 

How’s your Fridge looking this (grey and dismal – in the UK anyway!) Friday? Have you got a No Waste Tastes Great plan?

As always No Waste Tastes Great is brought to you with thanks to The Frugal Girl for her original inspiring Food Waste Friday 

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I’m now posting daily on Facebook – My menu-plan for the next 6 days will be going up later today

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  • Claire Rudkins January 20, 2012, 10:35 am

    I’d love a copy please – nothing better than a yummy hor coup and a cold and dreary UK day!!

    • Claire Rudkins January 20, 2012, 10:36 am

      And in English that would read… Nothing better than a yummy hot soup on a cold and dreary UK day!!

      • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:15 pm

        Yummy ‘hor coup’ sounds rather sophisticated! Maybe it’ll catch on 🙂
        So glad you would like a copy, and I’m looking for feedback from it! Be brutally honest!

  • Claire Rudkins January 20, 2012, 10:35 am

    I’d love a copy please – nothing better than a yummy hor coup and a cold and dreary UK day!!

    • Claire Rudkins January 20, 2012, 10:36 am

      And in English that would read… Nothing better than a yummy hot soup on a cold and dreary UK day!!

      • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:15 pm

        Yummy ‘hor coup’ sounds rather sophisticated! Maybe it’ll catch on 🙂
        So glad you would like a copy, and I’m looking for feedback from it! Be brutally honest!

  • sharron January 20, 2012, 11:04 am

    Would love that Jo, i will be investing in a slow cooker this month, so soups would be a good place to start!

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Great Sharron – just a quick question – would you like calorie conversions and WW points included. Would that be of any help?
      ps – soups are the best place to start – impossible to get wrong (she says! ;-))

      • sharron January 20, 2012, 5:43 pm

        YES PLEASE!! Even better!!

        Your an angel 🙂
        Sharron x

  • sharron January 20, 2012, 11:04 am

    Would love that Jo, i will be investing in a slow cooker this month, so soups would be a good place to start!

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Great Sharron – just a quick question – would you like calorie conversions and WW points included. Would that be of any help?
      ps – soups are the best place to start – impossible to get wrong (she says! ;-))

      • sharron January 20, 2012, 5:43 pm

        YES PLEASE!! Even better!!

        Your an angel 🙂
        Sharron x

  • anexactinglife January 20, 2012, 11:21 am

    Doing a make-ahead meal of Real Food for date night is so smart! I’d love a copy of the soup recipes as well.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:19 pm

      Advance cooking is a must for me with my 2 Kids – after school on a Friday is dance class… So pleased you’d like a copy! Please offer any feedback after receiving it, I’m looking to improve my cooking explanation skills!

  • anexactinglife January 20, 2012, 11:21 am

    Doing a make-ahead meal of Real Food for date night is so smart! I’d love a copy of the soup recipes as well.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:19 pm

      Advance cooking is a must for me with my 2 Kids – after school on a Friday is dance class… So pleased you’d like a copy! Please offer any feedback after receiving it, I’m looking to improve my cooking explanation skills!

  • Lauren January 20, 2012, 11:23 am

    Great idea Jo, I’d love a copy. 🙂

    Fridge looks great as always. I’ve been ill this week, so couldn’t even tell you what’s in mine. But I think it’s pretty much under control. Unless my flatmate has snuck anything in there since I last shopped a week ago!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:21 pm

      Oh Lauren – hope you are feeling better?
      You need to keep an eye on your flatmate… I recall some reminding needs doing to get stuff eaten!
      Brutally honest, no punches pulled feedback would be great after you get it!

  • Lauren January 20, 2012, 11:23 am

    Great idea Jo, I’d love a copy. 🙂

    Fridge looks great as always. I’ve been ill this week, so couldn’t even tell you what’s in mine. But I think it’s pretty much under control. Unless my flatmate has snuck anything in there since I last shopped a week ago!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 12:21 pm

      Oh Lauren – hope you are feeling better?
      You need to keep an eye on your flatmate… I recall some reminding needs doing to get stuff eaten!
      Brutally honest, no punches pulled feedback would be great after you get it!

  • Libby January 20, 2012, 1:21 pm

    I’d love a copy of the soup book too! Your lentil & carrot soup has been on my try list for several weeks now but hasn’t made it into a pot yet ; 0

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:18 pm

      Libby you must try it – it’s fantastic… and you can vary the thickness by reducing or increasing the lentils. Perfect for January!

  • Libby January 20, 2012, 1:21 pm

    I’d love a copy of the soup book too! Your lentil & carrot soup has been on my try list for several weeks now but hasn’t made it into a pot yet ; 0

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:18 pm

      Libby you must try it – it’s fantastic… and you can vary the thickness by reducing or increasing the lentils. Perfect for January!

  • Clara January 20, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I would love a copy of your ebook! I do hope you will include the broccoli cheese soup you reference in this post (it seems too easy to just dump chopped broccoli and cheese into the slow cooker??? or is that really all there is to it?). I always love trying new recipes!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:19 pm

      Hey Clara – it really is that simple, okay well the broccoli one is slightly (only slightly) more involved. But if making Cauliflower and cheese soup literally it’s that plus stock and seasoning. And it tastes fab!

  • Clara January 20, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I would love a copy of your ebook! I do hope you will include the broccoli cheese soup you reference in this post (it seems too easy to just dump chopped broccoli and cheese into the slow cooker??? or is that really all there is to it?). I always love trying new recipes!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:19 pm

      Hey Clara – it really is that simple, okay well the broccoli one is slightly (only slightly) more involved. But if making Cauliflower and cheese soup literally it’s that plus stock and seasoning. And it tastes fab!

  • Jenny @ exconsumer January 20, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I would absolutely love a copy of your eBook Jo!

    I’ve been making your smoldering tomato lentil soup and enjoying the leftover frozen portions for lunch this winter. It’s so good!

    Enjoy your broccoli and cheddar soup. 🙂

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:21 pm

      Glad you are still enjoying the tomato soup, I must say I took a flyer on that one, but it worked out pretty good (better when I reduced the chilli)…
      Don’t forget I’m after feedback, and also don’t be surprised if I don’t come a knocking on your virtual door for advice 🙂 you’re already an e-book author!

  • Jenny @ exconsumer January 20, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I would absolutely love a copy of your eBook Jo!

    I’ve been making your smoldering tomato lentil soup and enjoying the leftover frozen portions for lunch this winter. It’s so good!

    Enjoy your broccoli and cheddar soup. 🙂

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:21 pm

      Glad you are still enjoying the tomato soup, I must say I took a flyer on that one, but it worked out pretty good (better when I reduced the chilli)…
      Don’t forget I’m after feedback, and also don’t be surprised if I don’t come a knocking on your virtual door for advice 🙂 you’re already an e-book author!

  • Trish January 20, 2012, 2:07 pm

    would love a copy! even more because I have never seen an ebook and am afraid of getting too far behind with technology!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:22 pm

      You’ve never seen one, I’ve never written one! Oh boy! 🙂 Fingers crossed I can do a decent job writing it and you enjoy reading it….

  • Trish January 20, 2012, 2:07 pm

    would love a copy! even more because I have never seen an ebook and am afraid of getting too far behind with technology!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 3:22 pm

      You’ve never seen one, I’ve never written one! Oh boy! 🙂 Fingers crossed I can do a decent job writing it and you enjoy reading it….

  • Carla January 20, 2012, 4:49 pm

    I could have done better this week, especially since last week was no-waste! I’ll aim for better next week!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 6:19 pm

      It wasn’t so bad! Been over to yours! Question Carla – what lens do you use for close ups? They look great!

  • Carla January 20, 2012, 4:49 pm

    I could have done better this week, especially since last week was no-waste! I’ll aim for better next week!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 6:19 pm

      It wasn’t so bad! Been over to yours! Question Carla – what lens do you use for close ups? They look great!

  • Robin F January 20, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Thank you- I would love a copy! With 3 athletes in the family I am always looking for great meals to make ahead.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 6:20 pm

      Gosh I bet there are some appetites over at yours! A copy will be e-mailed! And any feedback very much appreciated! Thanks!

  • Robin F January 20, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Thank you- I would love a copy! With 3 athletes in the family I am always looking for great meals to make ahead.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 6:20 pm

      Gosh I bet there are some appetites over at yours! A copy will be e-mailed! And any feedback very much appreciated! Thanks!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn January 20, 2012, 7:24 pm

    What are beetroots? Is that same thing that I simply know as beets–the red root vegetable?
    Once again, a great job with you waste. Also, how generous of you to offer your soups as an ebook. I would like a copy.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 7:44 pm

      Spot on – Beets! Why do we need the ‘roots’ bit anyway? Thanks for requesting a copy, and once again your feedback will be very much appreciated!

      • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 7:46 pm

        Just tried to comment on your FWF post – but this is coming up – I’m definitely typing in the correct code! Not sure why I can’t post…
        “The characters you entered didn’t match the word verification. Please try again”.

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn January 20, 2012, 7:24 pm

    What are beetroots? Is that same thing that I simply know as beets–the red root vegetable?
    Once again, a great job with you waste. Also, how generous of you to offer your soups as an ebook. I would like a copy.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 7:44 pm

      Spot on – Beets! Why do we need the ‘roots’ bit anyway? Thanks for requesting a copy, and once again your feedback will be very much appreciated!

      • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 7:46 pm

        Just tried to comment on your FWF post – but this is coming up – I’m definitely typing in the correct code! Not sure why I can’t post…
        “The characters you entered didn’t match the word verification. Please try again”.

  • Cheeryshirley January 20, 2012, 10:00 pm

    What a lovely gift! Yes! Yes! Yes! I would love a copy of your e-book! Thanks so much! Cheeryshirley

    P.S. You fridge looks wonderful!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 10:11 pm

      Thank you Cheeryshirley! I’m a little disappointed with the quality of the fridge photo – it’s still trial and error at the moment trying to get the best shot. The weather in the UK is abysmal and the light is so poor, but at the end of the day a bad workman always blames his tools 😉
      A copy will be winging it’s way through cyberspace as soon as I pull my finger out. Feedback please once you’ve taken a look! and don’t go easy on me!

  • Cheeryshirley January 20, 2012, 10:00 pm

    What a lovely gift! Yes! Yes! Yes! I would love a copy of your e-book! Thanks so much! Cheeryshirley

    P.S. You fridge looks wonderful!

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 10:11 pm

      Thank you Cheeryshirley! I’m a little disappointed with the quality of the fridge photo – it’s still trial and error at the moment trying to get the best shot. The weather in the UK is abysmal and the light is so poor, but at the end of the day a bad workman always blames his tools 😉
      A copy will be winging it’s way through cyberspace as soon as I pull my finger out. Feedback please once you’ve taken a look! and don’t go easy on me!

  • Susan January 20, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Please, oh please, I would love a copy of your book. I’m very into slow cooking soups as the perfect way to use up all those odds and ends, and all the soups you’ve written about sound just delicious.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 10:17 pm

      Susan we are on the same page ref slow-cooking. I love food, and serving great meals and all of those things, but I do like to just chuck it all in and have an amazingly tasty and nutritious meal. Slow-cooking just works! So glad you’d like a copy of the book and please do feedback…

  • Susan January 20, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Please, oh please, I would love a copy of your book. I’m very into slow cooking soups as the perfect way to use up all those odds and ends, and all the soups you’ve written about sound just delicious.

    • simplybeingmum January 20, 2012, 10:17 pm

      Susan we are on the same page ref slow-cooking. I love food, and serving great meals and all of those things, but I do like to just chuck it all in and have an amazingly tasty and nutritious meal. Slow-cooking just works! So glad you’d like a copy of the book and please do feedback…

  • julronimo January 21, 2012, 1:30 am

    I would love a copy. I love to freeze individual servings to take to work ( I work nights at a hospital, Nothing like a hot mug of soup at 3 AM),.

    • simplybeingmum January 21, 2012, 8:38 pm

      Soup makes a fantastic snack or lunch at work… sounds just the ticket at 3am! Thanks for requesting a copy and please do let me know what you think!

  • julronimo January 21, 2012, 1:30 am

    I would love a copy. I love to freeze individual servings to take to work ( I work nights at a hospital, Nothing like a hot mug of soup at 3 AM),.

    • simplybeingmum January 21, 2012, 8:38 pm

      Soup makes a fantastic snack or lunch at work… sounds just the ticket at 3am! Thanks for requesting a copy and please do let me know what you think!

  • Becca S. January 21, 2012, 4:01 am

    Jo, I’d love a copy of the ebook as well; we’re always looking for new soups to try! I have never had broccoli and cheese soup and always thought it sounded good but have no clue how to make it. I’m Looking forward to learning! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum January 21, 2012, 8:40 pm

      Broccoli and cheese soup is really good, I had some today but left some broccoli and cheese un-blended. Very nice! You’ll get a copy once I get it finished – please let me know what you think!

  • Becca S. January 21, 2012, 4:01 am

    Jo, I’d love a copy of the ebook as well; we’re always looking for new soups to try! I have never had broccoli and cheese soup and always thought it sounded good but have no clue how to make it. I’m Looking forward to learning! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum January 21, 2012, 8:40 pm

      Broccoli and cheese soup is really good, I had some today but left some broccoli and cheese un-blended. Very nice! You’ll get a copy once I get it finished – please let me know what you think!

  • Renee January 21, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Me, too! Love your small frig. It’s only the past several months that I realize I keep too much in mine. I came to your blog from Kristen’s.

    • simplybeingmum January 22, 2012, 11:36 am

      Hi Renee lovely to have you here! On my list for a copy! Really keen to hear what you think! Jo

  • Renee January 21, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Me, too! Love your small frig. It’s only the past several months that I realize I keep too much in mine. I came to your blog from Kristen’s.

    • simplybeingmum January 22, 2012, 11:36 am

      Hi Renee lovely to have you here! On my list for a copy! Really keen to hear what you think! Jo

  • sossity January 22, 2012, 11:34 pm

    would love a copy of your e-book. i have been vegetarian for 14 years and would love some different recipes! 🙂 i also came to your blog from kristen’s and i am very jealous of your nice tidy fridge! 🙂 my 4 boys seem to mess up my fridge every time they get a chance. the oldest(9) is getting better but the other 3…..that’s gonna be a while 🙂

    • simplybeingmum January 24, 2012, 9:22 am

      Hi there! So glad you found me! I should imagine 4 boys could mess up the tidiest of fridges. Hope you enjoy the book (once it’s completed :-)) Jo

  • sossity January 22, 2012, 11:34 pm

    would love a copy of your e-book. i have been vegetarian for 14 years and would love some different recipes! 🙂 i also came to your blog from kristen’s and i am very jealous of your nice tidy fridge! 🙂 my 4 boys seem to mess up my fridge every time they get a chance. the oldest(9) is getting better but the other 3…..that’s gonna be a while 🙂

    • simplybeingmum January 24, 2012, 9:22 am

      Hi there! So glad you found me! I should imagine 4 boys could mess up the tidiest of fridges. Hope you enjoy the book (once it’s completed :-)) Jo

  • Lauren January 24, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog (via The Frugal Girl) and LOVE what I see! I would love a copy of the e-book. Thanks!

  • Lauren January 24, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog (via The Frugal Girl) and LOVE what I see! I would love a copy of the e-book. Thanks!

  • Lauren January 27, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Lovely blog. I’ve been following you for about a month now and love your work! I’d love a copy of the eBook. Slow cooking if the way to the heart.
    Cheers Lauren

    • simplybeingmum January 27, 2012, 12:46 pm

      Cheers Lauren! The book’s a work in progress so watch this space!

  • Lauren January 27, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Lovely blog. I’ve been following you for about a month now and love your work! I’d love a copy of the eBook. Slow cooking if the way to the heart.
    Cheers Lauren

    • simplybeingmum January 27, 2012, 12:46 pm

      Cheers Lauren! The book’s a work in progress so watch this space!

  • Jo H. January 28, 2012, 2:25 am

    Hi Jo, could I request a copy of your ebook also? I love soup but don’t have the time to watch it on the stovetop.

    As a related question, do you worry about leaving your slow cooker on while you’re not home? I’ll have to get over that, I think!

    Thank you in advance 🙂 – Jo H.

  • Jo H. January 28, 2012, 2:25 am

    Hi Jo, could I request a copy of your ebook also? I love soup but don’t have the time to watch it on the stovetop.

    As a related question, do you worry about leaving your slow cooker on while you’re not home? I’ll have to get over that, I think!

    Thank you in advance 🙂 – Jo H.

  • Emma February 9, 2012, 3:41 am

    Just found your blog via the minimalist mom. I’d love a copy of your book – thanks so much!!

  • Emma February 9, 2012, 3:41 am

    Just found your blog via the minimalist mom. I’d love a copy of your book – thanks so much!!

  • Tami February 21, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Came upon your blog via the Minimalist Mom….LOVE the Friday Fridge. A copy of your e-book would be GREAT! I LOVE soup, all year long.
    Thanks!
    Tami

  • Tami February 21, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Came upon your blog via the Minimalist Mom….LOVE the Friday Fridge. A copy of your e-book would be GREAT! I LOVE soup, all year long.
    Thanks!
    Tami

  • Ann March 2, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Yes, please! I would love a copy of your ecookbook! Your soups especially always look soooo good.

  • Ann March 2, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Yes, please! I would love a copy of your ecookbook! Your soups especially always look soooo good.

  • Tina Lemna March 3, 2012, 12:40 am

    Hi Jo,
    I would love a copy of your free ebook too please! Love reading your blog. Thank you.

    • simplybeingmum March 3, 2012, 9:29 am

      Cheers Tina – one’ll be e-mailed out once finished! Thanks Jo

  • Tina Lemna March 3, 2012, 12:40 am

    Hi Jo,
    I would love a copy of your free ebook too please! Love reading your blog. Thank you.

    • simplybeingmum March 3, 2012, 9:29 am

      Cheers Tina – one’ll be e-mailed out once finished! Thanks Jo

  • Alyssa July 10, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I’d LOVE a copy of your e-book, my honey usually does most of the cooking around here so I’d like to surprise him with some homemade soups, he loves soup 🙂

  • Alyssa July 10, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I’d LOVE a copy of your e-book, my honey usually does most of the cooking around here so I’d like to surprise him with some homemade soups, he loves soup 🙂

  • Sue July 22, 2012, 10:58 pm

    Hello there
    Am I too late for your soup book ? I love following your work You seem to live life to the full
    Kind regards to you and your family From Sue xx

  • Sue July 22, 2012, 10:58 pm

    Hello there
    Am I too late for your soup book ? I love following your work You seem to live life to the full
    Kind regards to you and your family From Sue xx

  • Dianne August 6, 2012, 2:39 pm

    I’d also love to have a copy of your book. I always look forward to your posts and already LOVE your carrot ginger soup.

    Thanks.

    • simplybeingmum August 6, 2012, 2:47 pm

      You’re on the list Dianne! I love the carrot soup also…it really is tasty!

  • Dianne August 6, 2012, 2:39 pm

    I’d also love to have a copy of your book. I always look forward to your posts and already LOVE your carrot ginger soup.

    Thanks.

    • simplybeingmum August 6, 2012, 2:47 pm

      You’re on the list Dianne! I love the carrot soup also…it really is tasty!

  • vicky brady November 5, 2013, 8:29 am

    I’m new to your blog and really enjoying reading all the great ideas. Please could I have a copy of your ebook .
    Thanks

    • simplybeingmum November 8, 2013, 2:08 pm

      Thanks Vicky. The book didn’t get published. Not yet anyway. Everyone who is subscribed to the blog when the book does materialise will get an offer of the book. Thanks for reading.

  • vicky brady November 5, 2013, 8:29 am

    I’m new to your blog and really enjoying reading all the great ideas. Please could I have a copy of your ebook .
    Thanks

    • simplybeingmum November 8, 2013, 2:08 pm

      Thanks Vicky. The book didn’t get published. Not yet anyway. Everyone who is subscribed to the blog when the book does materialise will get an offer of the book. Thanks for reading.

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