Frog eye soup was invented in my kitchen because of an ingredient shortage. We had plenty of groceries in the house. I am certain I was cooking for some holiday meal in the coming days.
My brother was making an unexpected visit that evening and I offered to make some homemade chicken noodle soup and sandwiches for dinner. I usually have chicken noodle soup ingredients on hand and I knew this would not require another trip to the store, because everyone knows I love chicken soup!!
I happily went about my business in the kitchen and started simmering some chicken breasts in chicken broth. I don’t always make a super-rich broth, especially when I am short on time.
I tossed in some onions, celery, and carrots. About 20 minutes before my brother was schedule to arrive I discovered I had no soup noodles!! What? At my house?
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I call this cheater beef vegetable soup since I use mostly canned vegetables and frozen for this recipe. Feel free to replace with fresh vegetables if you like. I use canned because the potatoes hold up way better during the slow simmer.
If you opt to use fresh vegetables for this recipe, I recommend par cooking your potatoes and carrots prior to peeling and dicing. They will hold their shape a bit better like the canned vegetables would. I have done this with decent results, but it is time consuming. As long-time readers of the blog already know, I am lazy sometimes and prefer to skip steps that I don’t find necessary for producing great tasting food.
Canned vegetables are readily available these days with reduced sodium and even some with no salt or sugar added. These are great shortcuts for this beef vegetable soup for those on controlled sodium and sugar diets.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew is one of my absolute favorite meals to cook when the weather turns cooler. It is easy to put together and the smell coming from the kitchen reminds you there is going to be something yummy served up.
Beef stew is fairly adaptable too. I stick with the traditional potatoes, carrots, and peas because that’s what I like. Sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas or any other sturdy vegetable could be added.
I do not use any tomato base in mine, but feel free to add it. I prefer the pure beef flavor that shines through without it.
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Beef and Noodles fit the bill perfectly for those days when all I want to do is eat carbs. Simple comforting carbs. Even when I have overcooked, undercooked, or even flat out screwed up this recipe, I eat it for dinner and then microwave leftovers until I have run out of noodles. Corn, tomatoes, and some buttered white bread is all I need to make this meal complete.
I tend to make this with homemade noodles, but frozen noodles, and even dry noodles when I can find a decent dried kluski noodle somewhere will do.
As the food industry shifts its focus to please more and more “foodies”, basic, easy to make foods that even picky kids will eat, are getting hard to find and edged out of the market. Like kluski noodles. Which, by the way, were the only way I used to make beef and noodles until they became scarce.
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