Stone Soup


You probably have heard the folk tale Stone Soup but if you haven’t: Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

In my version of ‘stone soup’, I clean out my fridge with veggies that need to be used before they go bad, add a few items from my pantry and create a nourishing and hearty soup, and you don’t even need a ‘magic’ stone to make your own version. This soup was fat-free, vegan, loaded with fiber, gluten-free diabetic friendly and heart-healthy.

The soup pictured contains:

Water
Carrots
Onions
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Broccoli
Red potatoes
Canned black eyed peas
Canned diced tomatoes
Salt
Pepper
Leaf thyme
Basil

There is no end to possible combinations of ingredients. I like to add some legumes or grains during colder months and keep it lighter for warmer weather. You can even puree it and serve it cold in the summer. I’ll bet you have the makings of a ‘great stone’ soup in your fridge and pantry right now.

© 2012 Aron David Bradley
http://www.boomercuisine.com

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