Friday, March 2, 2012

Easy Semi Homemade Three Sister's Soup

three sistersAlthough I would not label this classic vegetarian soup a hearty meatless meal, it is warm and filling on a cold winter day. The name Three Sister's "stems" from the gardening technique used by American Indians whereby planting corn, squash and beans together. My semi-homemade version was quick and easy and packed plenty of nutrition and flavor. It was also a big hit with the kiddos.

Three Sister's Soup

1 Can Organic Black Beans
1 Can Organic Corn
1 Can unsweetened Organic Pumpkin Puree
4 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
1 Onion, freshly chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 chopped celery stalk
1 chopped carrot
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil

In a large soup pot sweat fresh veggies in olive oil, add chicken broth, canned veggies and spices and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about half an hour on low. We did not try it yet but I think this soup would be yummy sprinkled with roasted pumpkin seeds.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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