Real food, sunny days and a soup recipe

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I couldn’t agree more…
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Speaking of real food, all the veggies last night plus sweet potatoes and some grilled chicken…. Pretty much one of my fav meals.

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And the weather is almost too nice in January…

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Some sunny ‘soccer playing’ with my toddler…

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And another favorite soup recipe I’ve been eating all week! Easy to make a big batch and freeze for later too!

Springtime Minestrone soup

Serves about 6-8

Total Time: 6-8 hours (in crockpot)/ 1 hour or less on stovetop.

Ingredients:

1 sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
3 cups water
*8 ounces of uncooked ditalini pasta (I eliminate the pasta so the soup lasts longer- the pasta can make it too starchy over days in the fridge or freezing/ defrosting)
12 thin asparagus spears, stems removed and cut into thirds
1 cup of frozen sweet peas
1 (6 ounce) bag of fresh spinach
1/3 cup freshly grated romano cheese + more for topping
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add diced onions, garlic, carrots, the whole can of diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, stock and water to your crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring once or twice if you can. Or cook on medium in a pot on the stove for 45mins or so.

About 10-15 minutes before serving, add in asparagus (I like mine with some crunch, add it earlier if you want it softer), spinach, peas and pasta. Cook on low for another 10-15 minutes then stir in grated cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. I used about a 1/2 teaspoon of each, but it will depend on the sodium levels in your stock, tomatoes, etc.
Serve immediately with additional cheese on top!

Here’s to a happy Friday, a great Super Bowl weekend and an awesome half marathon race on Sunday!

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2 responses »

  1. I totally agree! It’s so sad that people see eating healthy as a privilege. Everyone has a right to nourish their bodies with the right food! And BTW this looks like such a wonderful soup recipe!

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