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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Progression Soup ~ How Have You Stretched A Meal?

Have you ever prepared a meal for your family and ended up with leftovers? Ok, who hasn't.  And wanted to use up your left overs the following evening but needed to cook something extra to feed your family but  ended up with leftovers again? And the following evening you wanted to finish up the leftovers but needed to be extra creative to make the meal stretch once more?

A dear friend of our family shared with us about how he experienced the same meal planning tips and called it his “progression meal”. I really like this term, don’t you. As you keep stretching your meal and move forward, meal after meal by adding new foods to it, it just keeps getting better and better tasting. You could refer to this as a progressional meal or even a “progressive” meal.  I personally like "progression meal."

  Dictionary Definition for the word ‘Progression’
   -  the act of progressing; forward or onward movement.
   -  a passing successively from one member of a series to the next; succession.

Last week I prepared chicken pieces in homemade tomato sauce on a bed of rice. We ended with quite a bit of chicken in tomato sauce left over but not much rice. The next evening I decided to reheat the chicken and tomato sauce and made a new batch of barley to go with the chicken and left the rice out for another meal. The following evening, I’ll be honest, I just didn’t feel like making supper and needed a quick fix and nutritious meal. Well what could be easier but to not have to cook anything and just prepare a soup. This is how I prepared my progression soup.

  • With about ten cups of water in my pot, I added some organic vegetable broth powder,
  • added some already cut-up leeks, white and green parts that I had in the freezer
  • added left over chicken and tomato sauce(maybe one cup’s worth)
  • left over rice and barley
  • added some frozen corn and green beans
  • One can of organic diced tomato
  • Some frozen already cooked beans( about 2 cups)
  • I also added some herb seasonings to taste.
  • I let this heat up and it was ready in less than 20 minutes.

Yes our two teen children love vegetables, Yeah!  What a great way to use up your left overs and not waste food and still make it taste great. 

I’ve prepared this kind of meal many times before and I know you have as well. Please share with us your “progression” meal tips and what has worked for you Its is fun to hear from others what creations we can come up with at the last minute!

This was shared with:
Tuesday Twister at GNOWFLINS
Hearth and Soul at A Moderate Life  
Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at  Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Blessings ~ Carmen


  1. I love this idea...and it is so thrifty! I try to make a big batch of some thing like rice or barley and make things through the week! Great Idea!

  2. Thank you for the tip. :) Blessings!

  3. What a great name - progression soup! Way better than leftovers! I love soup this way - so full of flavor. Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  4. Great new name! This is a fantastic way to use leftovers~I have always just called it, SURPRISE!!!!


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