Monday, January 21, 2008

Vegetable Delight

Here is a recipe I made up from veggies I had in the fridge. It was so good! I think I may use rice next time instead of Ramen, so the veggies would be the main focus and have most of the flavor, and so that there would be less salt. Tomorrow I will use the leftover vegetables to make quesadillas with some freshly shredded mozzarella cheese. Oh, I can't wait!

Vegetable Delight
*1 package Little Smokies, smoked sausage, or a vegetarian substitute
*2 green onions, just the green parts, finely chopped
*1/2 red pepper, cored and diced
*2 cloves minced garlic
*5 carrots, scrubbed and diced
*1 whole bunch of celery, diced (use the leafy parts, they add so much flavor!)
*1 leek, sliced into thin slices and soaked for a few minutes in cold water to remove any gritty residue
*3 heads of broccoli, and stems if you like them, dice the stems and separate broccoli into florets
*1 stick sweet cream butter, cut into chunks
about 10 oz. chicken stock

*1 TBSP Basil
*1 TBSP Oregano
*2 TBSP Seasoned Salt
*2 packages Chicken flavor Ramen Noodles (or rice)
Yspend about 30 minutes chopping all the veggies up
Yput the little smokies into a big stock pot that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and cook them over medium-high heat, stirring every minute or so so they don't burn, until they are starting to brown
Yturn the heat to medium, add all of the chopped veggies and stir to mix
Ystir in the butter
Ywhen veggies start to soften, add the chicken stock and seasonings
stirring frequently, cook the veggies to the softness you like... Sammy likes his veggies pretty soft or he has a hard time chewing them
Ymeanwhile, cook the Ramen noodles or rice according to the package directions
Yserve Ramen/rice in bowls topped with the cooked vegetables

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