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Sunday, October 08 2017

The workdayis busy enough without having to cook up dinner when you get home. With a little preplanning, you can stock your freezer with family dinners, easy sauces and sides, plus quick dessert toppings and breakfast options.  Your next easy meal is just a quick thaw away.


2 - tablespoons butter
1 - cup pearl onions, peeled and halved
1 - small fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and finely chopped
1 - cup baby green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 - cup baby or small carrots, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 - 14 1/2 ounce cans vegetable or chicken broth or 3 cups homemade vegetable broth
1 - 14 1/2 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 - cup dry white wine, vegetable broth, or chicken broth
2 - teaspoons dried herbes de Provence, crushed
1 - cup shelled fresh peas or frozen peas
Ground black pepper


In a Dutch oven heat butter over medium heat until melted. Add pearl onions and fennel; cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until fragrant and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add green beans and carrots; cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add broth, tomatoes, wine, and herbes de Provence. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in peas. Simmer, covered, about 5 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cool soup slightly and transfer to a 1-gallon resealable freezer bag. Squeeze air from bag; seal and freeze for up to 1 month.*
To serve, thaw soup in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.

If desired, add one 15-ounce can garbanzo beans or cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained, after thawing soup. Heat through.

If you prefer, cool soup slightly and transfer to an airtight storage container. Cover and chill for up to 3 days. To serve, transfer to a large saucepan and heat as directed.


Per serving: 142 kcal , 4 g fat (2 g sat. fat , 0 g polyunsaturated fat , 1 g monounsaturated fat ), 10 mg chol. , 886 mg sodium , 17 g carb. , 4 g fiber , 7 g sugar , 3 g pro.

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