I think we throw away way too many leftovers as a whole. Society has become such a “throw it away, buy new” entity – and it’s just laziness and lack of imagination that causes it. When your fridge has a bunch of semi “meh” veggies – make soup. When you have leftover meat, throw it in the freezer – when you make soup – pull out the odds and ends of chicken – add it in to your soup. You can do the same with ends and pieces of vegetable as well.
I always have chicken stock in the freezer, so if we clean out the veggie drawer, the odds and ends of chicken, and add in our stock – we have Chicken and Veggie Tortellini Soup. This one is a bit different than my other Vegetable Tortellini Soup recipe. This one works really well in the winter, and as a week night dinner. Just grab a package of refrigerated or frozen tortellini and you’re set. Use spinach, kale or escarole – or don’t add greens at the end – anything works here!