Scripture to help us remember why we need to take care of our bodies!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. NLT

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Vegetable Minestrone Soup

One of my favorites and so easy to make with the veggies you like.
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (optional)
2 Cups peeled potatoes (I used the small bag of purple, yellow, and red mix)
1 Medium onion or LEEK
2 cups diced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups of reduced sodium chicken or veggie broth
1 cup diced zucchini
4 oz green beans
1 can of diced tomatoes (I used a huge can since I love tomatoes)
1 can cannellini beans rinsed and drained
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves slivered
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Spices you can add:
lemon zest 2 inch long strip
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
***Warm oil over medium heat and add potatoes, leek, and celery and cook until veggies start to soften (5min) add garlic and cook until fragrant***
I did all of this in a large soup pot and just added as I went.
Add carrots, broth, lemon zest, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 min or until veggies are tender. Stir in zucchini and green beans and cook for 5 more minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and their juice and cannellini beans and return to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to med low and simmer for 5 min. Stir in 1/4 cup basil.
Top with the remainder of the basil and Parmesan cheese.
This is a recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks but I tend to make it my own with every recipe. I changed it a little and did not measure any of the veggies, just add what you like for veggies, I'd say 1 cup to 2 cups so you don't get too carried away but have fun and pick what you like. You can't really mess it up!

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