Let start the year off with low calorie meals, this is year I will be cutting down on fat and salt in my recipes, give them a try and lose weight with us. Our newsletter will be once a month this year, make sure you check it out, it will be full of everything you need to know to keep you on your diet and remain fit in 2011. Everyone have a great losing year.WHAT’S ON HAND VEGETABLE SOUP
Here is a simple recipe for chunky vegetable soup using ingredients that you have on hand. This is easy to make and can be served as a starter or as a main course. Don’t worry if you don’t have every vegetable listed; this soup recipe is very flexible. Use whatever you have on hand.
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
8 cups water or low fat vegetable stock
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 sweet potato or rutabaga, diced
1 white potato, diced
1 cup green beans, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup fresh peas
1 cup chopped cabbage, kale, collards, or other green
1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, tarragon, savory, etc.)
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
salt and black pepper to taste
Place onion, celery, carrots, and oil in large soup pot. Sauté 10 minutes over medium heat until onions are soft.
Add water or stock, garlic, potatoes, beans, and vegetables. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Add remaining ingredients except parsley, and seasonings. Simmer 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Remove from heat. Stir in parsley. Season with salt and black pepper.
Makes 6 to 8 servings