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Mix and Match for Easy Weeknight Meals

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In today’s vodcast, I chat about a Mix and Match strategy for pulling together easy weeknight meals that can be ready in minutes.

Get to know more about some of the topics I discuss in the following blog post sections:

These conversational vodcasts are available to the Kitchen Pioneers who have joined my YouTube membership community—The Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy.

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My comprehensive vodcasts are exclusively available to members of the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy, who we call Kitchen Pioneers. You can learn more about my optional YouTube membership community, including members-only videos and exclusive perks.

This membership community is optional. I’m still publishing my weekly detailed instructional cooking videos on my public YouTube channel that you can watch for free. (Thanks so much for being a Sweet Friend and subscriber!)

In addition to links to the latest Kitchen Academy vodcasts, this blog post lists some of the public videos that I talk about in my vodcast.

Mix and Match Soup Ingredients

As one of the options for an easy mix and match weeknight meal, you can make soup. For a mix and match soup, you’ll want to choose an ingredient from each of the following categories:

  • Broth – Choose a beef, chicken, fish, pork, or turkey bone broth.
  • Bulk – Choose a starch, like rice, beans, whole grains, and pasta.
  • Vegetables – See below.

For your soup’s vegetables, I like using a basic Mirepoix that includes onions, carrots, and celery. You can easily create your own Mirepoix. In the following recipe video, I show you how to make and dehydrate Mirepoix so it will be shelf-stable, enabling you to store it in your long-term pantry. That way you’ll always have it available whenever you want to make soup!

You can also choose from other vegetables, depending on what is in season, such as:

  • Selection of greens
  • Zucchinis and other squashes
  • Potatoes (both white and sweet)
  • Green beans

Although technically a grain, corn can be an excellent choice. The same is true for peas. Although they are technically a legume, you can still include peas in your soup under the vegetable umbrella.

Revisiting the broth category, if you’re new to making bone broth, you can learn how to make a beef bone broth in my complete cooking class for Kitchen Pioneers.

Soup Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals

Try any of these easy soups for delicious weeknight meals with the following recipe videos. You can also add homemade sides that I show you how to make in the Making Delightful Soup Sides section.

If you’re looking for a jump start to a sliming soup for the new year, try one of these skinny soups.

Making Delightful Soup Sides

If you have an opportunity to make these sides ahead of time, any soup would enjoy an accompaniment of homemade sourdough bread or some cheese and homemade crackers along with a side of fermented veggies. Here are a few recipes to get you started making a traditional food that would go well alongside your soup.

Cooking with Grains

To speed up your soup-making process, be sure to have some pre-cooked beans and grains on hand that can be used to make any soup more filling.

In the following video, I show you have to make your own sprouted flour. Note that the first part of the video shows you how to soak and sprout grains, and you can add the sprouted grains to any soup for an extra boost of nutrition.

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