HEARTY VEGETABLE SOUP

This soup leaves itself open to a lot of substitutions using whatever vegetables you have in the refrigerator. The point however is to have the widest variety of vegetables possible, as this is the most healing!

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

veg-soup22 medium onions chopped

3 stalks celery chopped

3 carrots chopped

1 medium green pepper chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

3 cups cabbage chopped

2 cups chopped broccoli

2 cups green beans cut to 1 inch (frozen is fine)

8 cups low sodium vegetable broth

2 cups water

1 cup tomato sauce

1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 15 ounce can kidney or pinto beans

1 bay leaf

4 cups chopped spinach (or 10 ounce package frozen spinach)

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (optional but delicious)

Heat oil in a large soup pot and add onions, celery, carrots, bell pepper and garlic. Cook stirring frequently until softened, 5-6 minutes, Add cabbage and stir 3 minutes more. Add broth, water, broccoli, tomato sauce, tomatoes, beans, and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered until all vegetables are soft, 20-25 minutes. Stir in spinach and simmer 10 minutes more. Stir in basil, remove bay leaf and serve! (Always better the next day if there are leftovers!)

10- 2 cup servings

 

 

 

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HEALTHY CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP”BLISS”BALLS

bliss-ballsThis a recipe that I adapted from one that “Forks over Knives” shared. They are easy, delicious and filled with healthy ingredients. Perfect for snacks or guiltless dessert. I found them very easy to make.

1C rolled oats
6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
1/4C sunflower seeds
1/4C good quality chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries (I used Eden brand tart cherries)
1t pure vanilla extract
3/4t sea salt (can be omitted)

Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped
Add 1-2T water to help bind ( I needed to use 2 T)
Scoop 1T of mix and gently roll it into a ball, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 18-20 minutes
Transfer to a wire rack to let cool

SWEET BEET HUMMUS

Just tried this hummus for the first time and love it!beet hummus
The color is beautiful, and the addition of
beets adds so many more nutrients, as well
as being a huge liver detoxifier.
Ingredients:
1 Medium beet roasted and peeled
1 15oz can of white beans, garbanzo,
navy, or butter (I like butter beans, it makes for a creamer hummus)
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
2 large cloves of garlic minced
2 heaping TBSP of tahini
1/4 c olive oil
A pinch of salt and pepper

 

Quarter cooled,peeled beet and put in food processor, pulse until
finally chopped.
Add remaining ingredients except olive oil, blend until smooth.
Drizzle olive oil in while hummus is mixing.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Will store well in refrigerator for up to a week.

Warming Squash Soup

2 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTERBowls Of Butternut Squash Soup In A Table

1 TABLESPOON OF GOOD OLIVE OIL

1 LARGE ONION CHOPPED

1 15 OZ CAN OF PUMPKIN PUREE (NOT PIE FILLING)

1 ½ POUNDS OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH PEELED AND DICED

4 CUPS OF CHICKEN STOCK OR VEGETABLE BROTH

 

HEAT BUTTER AND OIL IN HEAVY SOUP POT ADD ONIONS AND COOK OVER LOW HEAT FOR 5-7 MINUTES.

ADD REST OF THE INGREDIENTS, SIMMER OVER LOW HEAT FOR 20-30 MINUTES UNTIL SQUASH IS SOFT.

BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH WITH A STICK BLENDER OR CAREFULLY IN A REGULAR BLENDER.

SEASON WITH SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE.

Turnip, Leek, and Potato Soup

Perfect for lunch or a starter at dinner.

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 large leek white and light green parts, halve lengthwise slice, and rinseturnip potato leek soup

4 garlic cloves

2 pounds of turnip peeled and diced

1 large potato peeled and diced

2 quarts of vegetable broth

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon of Mrs Dash, or similar herb blend.

 

Heat butter, and olive oil  in a large heavy soup pot and saute, leeks for several minutes. Add garlic for 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce. Simmer about 45 minutes until vegetables are very tender. Remove bay leaves.

 

Blend with a stick blender until smooth, or in batches, carefully in a blender.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

EASY LENTIL SOUP

-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-2 stalks of celery chopped
-2 carrots chopped
-1 onion chopped

Heat oil in a large saucepan and add above sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in
-3 garlic cloves chopped
Cook for one minute, then add
-5 cups of water
-2 cups of lentils
-1 (15 oz ) can of diced tomatoes
-2 bay leaves
-2 red or yukon gold potatoes diced
-2 teaspoons of Mrs. Dash
Bring to a boil and simmer covered, for 30 to 45 minutes
Add
1-2 cups of chopped greens (spinach, kale etc)
Simmer 10 minutes more.

Serve! 6-8 servings

EASY SPLIT PEA SOUP

There are several reasons why I love this soup. It is sooo easy,economical, healthy, tasty, low fat and low salt!

-6 cups of water
-2 cups dried green split peas
-1 onion chopped
-2 carrots chopped
-2 celery stalks chopped
-2-4 garlic cloves chopped
-2 medium red potatoes cut to bite size pieces
– 2 teaspoons Mrs Dash or other spices
-salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to a boil
Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally
Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir
Serve! “7 Servings”