Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine to my daughter

My sweet daughter, who left for college in October,  claims she misses my cooking and is starving to death (that's my translation actually).

Just for her, under the label: Cooking and Recipes, I will be posting relatively easy and healthy recipes so she can whip something up to ward off winter illness, PMS and also to keep her regular. You know, all the things us Moms think about.

We skyped a few days ago and I told her I was going to start blogging recipes for her so she could always find them. I notice the condo is a wreck and finding a paper recipe might be a challenge but she always seems to find her laptop and phone.

"So what recipe should I start with?" I asked her.

She promptly yells over her shoulder to the next room where her brother is secretly drinking beer and doesn't want me to see.

He screamed back,


She agreed whole-heartedly. This delicious soup is chock full of vegetables and when I was a kid my mom made it for me and my siblings. We loved it! Always served (if you're not on a diet) with a 1/4 cup wad of  shredded monterey jack cheese on top:


Onion, 1/2 cup minced
Green Pepper, 1/4 to 1/2 cup finely minced
Garlic Clove, 1 minced
Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons
Ground Beef, 1-1.5 lbs.  (I've used ground turkey also with great success)
Mushrooms, 1/2 lb. minced
Carrots, 2 cups grated
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, 2 cans @ 10.5 oz
Vegetable, V8 or Tomato Juice or any combo, 1 can (46 oz)
Basil, 1/2-1 teaspoon
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Paprika, 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin, 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper, 1/4 teaspoon
Red Kidney Beans, 1 (15 oz) can  drained
Parmesan or Monterey Jack Cheese, grated

Saute onions, green peppers and garlic in oil until vegetables are soft. Raise heat, add meat and mushrooms. Cook, stirring with fork until meat loses it's color. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese), mix well.

Bring to a boil, cover and simmer gently for 1/2 hour. Adjust seasons to taste. Sprinkle with freshly grated cheese and serve.


Anonymous said...

This soup changed my life.


Anonymous said...

More recipes for your starving daughter please
c bear