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Roasted Veggie Soup Starter

If you do this 3 or 4 times a year, you will always have the makings of great soups, veggie stews or chili on hand.

Your choice -- any or all:
Onions
Celery
Peppers-red, green
Carrots
Fennel
Turnips
Garlic
Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Winter squash
Mushrooms
etc.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice or chop all the vegetables into about ½" pieces. Pile into a large roasting pan. Roast, uncovered, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Scoop the roasted veggies out of the pan and divide them into 2-3 cup freezer containers. Press down to squeeze out most of the air. Place those you can use in the next week in the refrigerator and prepare the remaining ones for freezing as follows:

Put the roasting pan on the stovetop and add bouillon to loosen the browned bits from the pan. You will need about 1 cup of bouillon for each container of veggies you plan to freeze. Bring the bouillon to a boil, then ladle enough into each container to just cover the veggies. Put on each container cover, cool to room temperature, then freeze.

Use your Roasted Veggies in Roasted Veggie-Squash Soup, Roasted Veggie Bean Pot, or just about any recipe that calls for chopped vegetables.

Yield: As much as you want..

June 21st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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