So I walked around the produce section of Woodman's and picked up all my favorites to bring along - carrot slices, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, yellow and green peppers and cucumbers. I picked up a light ranch dill dip and Woodman's had a new brand for free with coupon. I bought a spinach variety of that dip. Both dips and the veggies were well received and almost gone by the end of the night.
I did have some leftovers of the veggies and started looking at some recipes to create a soup using the veggies. I found The Pioneer Woman's Cauliflower Soup and decided to modify it slightly to fit my tastes and use what I had in my condo.
I started with dicing some celery, onion and carrots. I added the onion to a dutch oven with some margarine (recipe calls for butter) and sauteed it for a bit.
I made a half recipe of The Pioneer Woman recipe and it came out to be 4 servings. I have been eating it all week and it's very flavorful. I love that the cauliflower absorbed the flavors during the initial simmering.
This week was exceptionally cold in Wisconsin with noon temperatures hovering below zero. Add in the wind chill and it was quite bitter - can you say "return of the polar vortex?" Soup was the perfect thing to bring to work to help me stay warm!