Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Healing Vegetable Soup

Any good healing program takes a lot of vegetables! That’s why I like this very dense and nutrient-packed soup that has more vegetables than broth.  And as is my preference, it’s easy and fast to make too. 

It not only lasts several days in the fridge and is very handy to have around for any meal or snack, it freezes well too (especially in serving-size containers). 
One of my favorite breakfasts is one cup of this soup, with two soft-cooked eggs (with grass-fed butter). 

Try adding olive oil or grass-fed butter (or ghee) to a bowl of this soup – it’s delicious!  With Italian seasoning added while cooking, it tastes like minestrone soup.  A little parmesan cheese (if you can eat it) also tastes great. 

Healing Vegetable Soup
Add about 3-4 cups fluid to a stockpot to start boiling:  chicken or veg stock, bone broth, or just water  -- anything you like or have on hand.
Start adding the veg that will take longest to cook and also to start flavoring the broth:
  • 1 large can chopped tomatoes with juice (or fresh tomatoes chopped)
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3+ cloves garlic
Then after it’s boiling (add more fluid if necessary throughout -- keep the fluid level just above the veg level), add a cornucopia of any vegs you like or have on hand:
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning (if you like…the soup will taste like minestrone)
  • kosher or sea salt, ground pepper to taste
  • bell pepper (I like red )
  • leeks (white part)
  • asparagus
  • green beans
  • fennel bulb
  • zucchini
  • green cabbage, shredded
  • collards or kale (leaves only)
  • baby spinach (add toward the end)
  • chopped cilantro, parsley, or basil (add toward the end)
  • handful frozen green peas (just before turning off heat)
  • brussel sprouts or broccoli (cook these separately and add at the end)
After cooking, the veg can either be chopped fine in a food processor (not quite pureed) or the vegetables eaten chunky as cooked with some broth.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
To your best health!
Adele Sonora
B.S. Nutrition Science

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