Veggie Trash Soup–A Recycling Recipe


NOTE: This post is in reference to a new diet and lifestyle choice that I started on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  Feel free to skip this post if you aren’t interested.  However, if you are interested, and might like to know how to help me then read on.

I know it sounds gross, but it was very good.  First the story then the recipe.

The diet that Andie and I are on requires a multitude of veggies.  In the process of cutting some up recently I realized that I was throwing away a lot of green.  Things like celery leaves, the base of the asparagus, and broccoli stems were getting tossed in the can.  A thought struck me, why do I have to keep chucking this stuff?  Is there anything I can do with it?  So……I decided to try something creative.  For a week I saved all the vegetable “trash.”  Then, along with the bones of a rotisserie chicken that we had for dinner a couple nights, I created what I now call Veggie Trash Soup.  It was remarkably simple, and delightfully tasty.  I don’t imagine it will make the menu in the finer dining establishments, but it might make it into some of the homes of the people who are willing to give it a shot.


  • Save your left over veggie scraps for a week or so in the refrigerator.
  • Boil the scraps with some left over bones.  Chicken, Beef, or Pork (Ham) will all work
  • Add bouillon to taste.  (I added three cubes to my pot)
  • Allow to simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain through strainer into a large pot or bowl
  • Pick out undesirable things from the strainer. 
  • Return usable pieces to the broth
  • Salt, Pepper, and season to taste

As I said, it sounds strange, but we ate it for supper tonight and it was quite good.  I liked the blending of the flavors, and it’s healthy too.

Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. And when they were filled, He * said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost.”  And so they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.                     (John 6:11-13)

If Jesus wasn’t willing to waste (lose) the leftovers, then it makes sense that we should be mindful and not wasteful when something can be used again. 

UPDATE: Report from Check-In on 11/4/2014

  • Lost a total of 15.4 pounds
  • 2 inches at the stomach

Please keep praying for us.  It is hard, and there are challenges and temptations all the time.  We are committed to this change in our lives for the sake of our help, but the bakery, pizzeria, and donut shop cry out to us because they are missing us.  I just keep remembering that they will be seeing less of us, and so will everyone else.  Smile




About bigdbentley

MEET DAVE "BIG D" BENTLEY - A MAN OF MANY HATS I wear a lot of hats in the course of my life. I wear the "husband hat" with my wife, Andie, whom I have been married to for 26 years. I wear the "daddy hat" with my children, Danielle and David, and their spouses, Micah and Tracie. I am privileged to don my "Papa hat" with my two gorgeous grand-daughters, Amaria and Jaydan, and my energetic grandson, Jethro. I wear the "pastor hat" with my church congregation in Wallingford, Vermont. I have served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Vermont. In December of last year my wife and I accepted the call to serve in Wallingford, Vermont. In addition to this variety of caps, I am a student, attending Liberty University to receive a Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education as well as secondary Language Arts. My hobbies tend to revolve around my family, so they include, camping, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with them. In addition I enjoy reading, rainy days, listening to and playing worship songs, and cooking.

One response to “Veggie Trash Soup–A Recycling Recipe”

  1. Phil Steadman says :

    Sounds like a great soup. I have been getting better at carcass soups…started a few years ago and do it routinely now. Have not ever tried the trash approach, but it sounds perfect. Good job on
    the weight loss.

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