Jenny over at Dinner: A Love Story is a genius at making one of my favorite parts of life *home cooked food* super easy. One of the best tips I’ve gotten from her is how to freeze my soups and stews in flattened Ziploc bags. For one, it’s a huge space saver: They can stack up neat like a pile of magazines or side by side like books on a shelf. (Can you tell reading is another one of my faves?) Not only, that, but it thaws in a quick minute under running water.
So whenever you make soup, stew or chili, do yourself a favor and freeze what’s left flat. If you don’t usually have leftovers, go on and make a double batch. You’ll appreciate it the next time you’re hungry and don’t feel like cooking.
I’ve pulled together 5 recipes below you may like to try:
Silky Zucchini Soup
This simple vegetarian soup (vegan if you substitute the butter) promises to be delightfully creamy, without the addition of cream.
Emeril’s Crab and Corn Bisque
Ok, this isn’t for those counting calories. But it would be oh so comforting on a cold night.
Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup
Best of both worlds. Healthy comfort food. Packed with veggies + Tastes like nachos = Win.
Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes
Winter before last, we had plenty of snow days and a lots of time in the house. My brother and I spent several of those days coming up with the perfect beef stew recipe. Sometimes thick like a gravy and served over rice, sometimes more brothy like a soup. Always good. My point, just pick a good starting point and play around with it. Tastes even better the next day.
Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
Nothing like a little heat to warm you up from the inside. The coconut milk balances it out, so it’s not too spicy.