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#1 of 15 Old 05-20-2006, 12:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have some carrots and celery that have been in my crisper for awhile (they're still good), but I need to use them up. Besides a roast, what else can I do w/these veggies? I'd like to use them in a yummy recipe. Could I cut them up and freeze them for future use? Or would they turn into mush when they're defrosted?

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Carrots and celery scream soup to me. I would make a minestrone or a nice chicken noodle. In fact, just made the chicken noodle this week with the kids. We make our own 'drop' noodles so the kids get to help!

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I'm a certified failure at homemade noodles. They were awful! But, soup sounds wonderful. I'm leaving my boys (DH and DS) for 4 days at the end of the week and I need to have something easy for them to eat so soup it is! Thanks.

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I put mine in smoothies and veggie burgers.

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Our family loves to chop up carrots & celery with onion & potato (chopped small), saute it in a little butter for five minutes or so, add parsley and saute until cooked, maybe 5 min more. Yum from everyone!

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It's really easy to make a carrot/celery stirfry to put over rice. I just put some butter and garlic in and it's good to go.
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Add a little onion, and you have the trinity of cooking! It's the basis of TONS of kinds of soups and other recipes. Although you could peel and cut the carrots into sticks, cut the celery up, and send them in lunch boxes with a little bit of peanut butter or hummus for a snack.
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Yeah, I use them in lots of things. All kinds of soups, chicken and dumplings/chicken pot pie, casseroles, etc. Or just freeze them and use for stock down the line.

roomformore, would you mind sharing your drop noodle recipe? In the words of Baby Bear, I'm intwigued.
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There's a great ginger carrots recipe in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook... that's the first thing I thought of!

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I would grate the carrot and slice the celery thin and make a salad.
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I love the flavour that finely diced carrot and celery add to a simple marinara sauce.
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I put the onion/celery/carrot trio into a food processor and that is the base for my pasta sauce. It bulks up the consistency, like a meat alternative...
First, sautee the trio with some olive oil, add lots of garlic too, then add your tomatoes ( fresh, canned, doesn't matter ) and allow to simmer for at least one hour, stirring occaissionally. I sometimes add fresh basil near the end of the cooking process. My Italian mother-in-law also likes to add raw rib peices and meatballs, allowing them to cook slowly in the sauce....yummmm
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Um, stew. Any kind. I particularly like pork loin or turkey, but you could also make beef or chicken. Yum. Make extra and throw it in the freezer...and toss together a pie shell one day (or buy the pet ritz kind from the freezer, we can't 'cause they have milk in 'm), and you have another intstant dinner...pot pie! MMMMMmmmmmm. I should do that before it's too hot to use the oven. Although I often throw it in the crock pot (when making the stew I mean), too. I third the spaghetti sauce vote! We use them for soups all the time, as well.

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Sometimes I sautee sliced carrots and celery in butter and seasonings. Then add a bit of broth at the end of the sautee. You can use this mixture in soups, add to chicken or a sauce for meat or put on top of rice or noodles as is...

These are my stand-by veggies, along with zucchini. LOL
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