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Simple Soup

 

A request from Ava has been a minestrone style soup.  After combining and tweaking a few different soup recipes, I came up with one that satisfied her request.

Warm days are still here, but we are starting to feel the cool fall air. It feels so refreshing from the ridiculous heat we have had. Soups have been on my menu list lately and they are one of the best ways to get in a variety of vegetables. They are also some of the easiest meals to make.

Most soups include oils and I do my best to avoid those. I often use a couple tablespoons of water or vegetable broth to saute garlic and onions for many dishes and it always has good results. That was how I planned to start with the soup.

The rest came together as I worked with the vegetables that were in the refrigerator.  Spices can be tricky for me, but I’ve stuck with the most basic ones as it provides great flavor without over killing it.

I used my food processor to slice the vegetables.  You could also us a mandolin or by hand, whatever works for you.

The best part about this soup, it’s all done in one pot!  Now who doesn’t love that?

 

Ingredients:

1/2 sweet onion, diced
3-4 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons water
2-3 carrots, sliced rounds (not too thin though)
1 medium zucchini sliced and then cut into 1/4’s
1 cup chopped green beans
1 cup kale, chopped
1 can chickpeas (or white beans) drained and rinsed
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth (I used Kitchen Basics)
2 cups pasta noodles (I used the quinoa & brown rice fusilli pasta from TJ’s)
3 teaspoons oregano
3 teaspoons basil
1 generous tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon of maple syrup or other sweetener (optional)

shake of pepper flakes (optional)
salt & pepper to taste

other add in options: celery, and/or kidney beans.

Directions:

Using a large pot, turn on heat to get the pot hot.  Once hot, add the water, garlic and onions.  Stir well and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the green beans and carrots.  Continue to stir occasionally and cook for about another 4 minutes. The vegetables will start to brighten, be sure to not let them get too soft.

Next add the tomatoes, vegetable broth, zucchini, beans and spices (optional sweetener). Stir well.

Bring soup to a strong simmer by increasing the heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-low until it slightly simmers and add the pasta and stir well. Continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

Add the kale and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn off heat and prepare to serve.

 

 

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Zoodles Are Oodles of Fun

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Replace the boring flavorless pasta noodles once in a while and invest in a spiralizer!  Yeah maybe it will take up some space with your other kitchen gadgets or you may think you won’t use it like some of the other kitchen contraptions you have tucked away, but this is a kitchen tool that will be used.  You, your husband, your kids, anyone will have oodles of fun using one and eating the noodles, and not to mention they turn meals into healthier options.

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Brussels Sprouts, on the Sweeter Side

Brussels Sprouts, loved to hate these things at dinner when I was a kid, how is it that now I am an adult I have no problem eating them.  With the nutritional benefits that Brussels sprouts provide, we should be adding these to our meals more often. When we do have them with a meal, we typically consume these green orbs of awesomeness as a more herby savory dish.  I remember my mom making a salad with brussels sprouts one time and using dried cranberries which made them taste a bit sweet.  I don’t usually have dried cranberries, but I have dates!  Roasted Brussels are my top favorite but these I wanted to cook on the stove. Since these are a bit of a pain in the rear to prep, I would be sure to allow yourself an extra 5-10 minutes to prep the Brussels Sprouts.   It didn’t take long to make this dish as there was not many ingredients.  I took a sampling to a friend and she like them, a tad on the sweeter side (which I agreed) so I will tone it down with the dates next go around. Well, the remaining container was consumed by the hubs so there was nothing left for the kids to taste test, guess I will be making another batch tonight.  I don’t post recipes unless they have been kid approved, but this is a delicious dish as a lunch or a side.  Also, I tested it right when it was off the stove and it was tasty. I also tested a bite after it had chilled in the refrigerator before the hubs devoured the rest and it was just as tasty.

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