Monday, January 9, 2012

Inspiration! First Recipe Dump Soup!

Hello, my name is LuLu. I have been inspired by the program The Big Waste, starring celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Annel Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli. They were challenged to create a gourmet meal from food that is on its way to the trash.  This program both fascinated me and alarmed me.  Hence comes the inspiration. There is so much unbelievable waste that goes on in this country yet, people go hungry.  This bothered me.  A LOT.  I have always considered myself a frugal gal, but there where plenty of times where food went to waste at home.  This blog is my small contribution towards a solution. Imagine if everyone did their part in wasting less in the kitchen.  By using everything in the pantry, refrigerator, whatever.  The key is no waste.  How far could you go?  Would you help me with your ideas, recipes, and tips, while I share mine?

I started today.

This is what I had in my fridge. This is what I call my DUMP SOUP or Sopa Vaciada

  • Rotisseree Chicken Carcass (some of the meat gone but I boil it for broth)
  • 4 very sad stalks of celery with leaves chopped
  • 1/3 bag of organic baby carrots
  • less than half a jar of salsa (mine was hot)
  • two small onions (peeled and chopped)
  • two green onions (chopped)
  • one roma tomato (chopped)
  • one potato (chopped in little squares)
  • cilantro on its last legs (but still fragrant and green, chopped)
  •  1 packet Sazon (Spanish seasoning that comes in little packets) Optional
  • Adobo (Seasoning blend) or salt to taste
  • 1/8 of a box of Angel hair pasta
  • Bay Leaf,  1/2 tspOregano,  1/2 tsp Thyme

Boil the chicken carcass in 10 cups of water, chopped celery, carrots, salsa, onions for about 30 minutes or so. The longer you do it the more flavorful.  

Strain broth and pull out carrots and slice and pick out some of the good meat that is found in between the bones, add to broth.

Add chopped green onion, cilantro, roma tomato, sazon, break the angel hair in half, add Bay leaf, Oregano, and  
Thyme.  Simmer until everything is soft.
Have a half eaten bag of  Tortillas? Tortilla soup!




  1. This soup was delicious! Thanks for sharing. Very tasty and creative too.

  2. @Shortylove68 Why thank you Shortylove... can't wait to hear about your split pea soup!

  3. Lucy Candelaria - RosadoJanuary 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    that sounds so yummmyyy LuLu and very creative, I applaud you for starting in this journey to which many people don't appreciate having something to eat regardless if it's made with leftovers or not... So proud of you


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