I think I need to add a disclaimer to this post: It’s Father’s Day in the northern hemisphere & I have been drinking – margaritas no less – skinny ones but still…I’ve never posted under the influence so be prepared! As a supportive wife, it only seems right to celebrate Father’s Day with my husband, especially as his kids are all in different states. So the puppies & I are helping him enjoy his special day. We’re having chicken wings, one of my hubby’s faves. Today though, I’m sharing this beautiful spinach, bean & cheddar soup recipe with you.
My blog is ever evolving as I consider what works & what doesn’t. This week I’m happy to announce one of the first changes to this blog. Instead of indiscriminate recipes, I’ll be posting recipes each week that use the same base ingredients. This week if you buy some chicken drumsticks, a package of white beans & cheddar cheese, you can eat well & on-plan for not a lot of money. All that’s needed is a few extra fresh ingredients.
Last weekend, I cooked a large package of navy beans. I drained them, cooled them then froze them in 2-cup quantities – that’s close to a 15-ounce can. I made some chicken broth with some of the large packet of drumsticks I bought. I strained the broth into containers & froze it. I took the chicken from the broth, stripped the meat off the bones & used it for a salad. The white beans & the chicken broth I used in this super easy, flavorful & wholesome soup. If you’ve never added cooked white beans to a blended soup before, you’re in for a treat – the beans give the soup body & creaminess when blended.
I’m not big on leftovers (unless it’s a curry) but this isn’t about leftovers, it’s about shopping smarter to avoid waste, & using some of the same ingredients all week in recipes to save money. There’s no chance of boredom because each recipe is different. A large package of chicken drumsticks cost me less than $6.00. A package of navy beans was $1.08. The aged white cheddar cheese I buy in bulk from Costco for around $8.00. Then I added some fresh veggies & we ended up spending a lot less than the usual grocery shop. There are many benefits to shopping, cooking & eating like this that I’ve discovered: More space in the fridge, less time shopping, less money spent on groceries, less waste, greater organization & overall it’s easier & smarter. You’ll see in the coming weeks (hopefully) as my idea evolves. It’s not rocket science I know, but I think if something works for me, helps me save money & stick to my plan, then of course I have to share it with you. Until next time xo.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups cooked white beans (about 14oz/398ml can, drained & rinsed)
- 8 oz (226g) baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese
- pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus extra for garnish
- Heat butter & oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion & garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is soften. Add nutmeg & stir for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Add broth & beans. Bring to a boil.
- Stir in spinach. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, salt & pepper. Blend or process until smooth. Garnish with extra pepper.