An Easy, Quick, Healthy Meal
Vegetable soup is a personal favorite comfort food that stays on rotation during the fall and winter months in our house. Although, I’ve also been known to make it in the spring and summer… I know, it’s hot. The last time I made this soup, my 13-year-old son even said, “Oh yay mom, we’re having vegetable soup!” For me, that’s like my kid saying he loves me! Seriously, it’s the small things over here in this mom-of-three-boys house!
Since this is a super easy recipe that requires little time and effort, I usually make it when we have a busy weekday night, and I don’t have as much time to be in the kitchen. It’s literally working to get everything into the pot, and then just letting it simmer. The ingredients are simple, usually staples that we keep on hand in our freezer and pantry.
The other thing I really love about this recipe is that it has a nice, flavorful tomato base, good for experimentation. You can make several different versions by simply switching up the meat and starch. It can also be made without the meat and/or starch to accommodate different dietary needs and lifestyles. Ideas for meat substitutions include ground turkey, ground chicken, shredded chicken, beef stew, Italian sausage and ground sausage. I sometimes use rice or other grain instead of potatoes. I also like it with quinoa, amaranth, or even cauliflower rice. You get the idea… I’m sure you can think of other combinations as well! Please be sure to share any great variations you discover. We typically serve with gluten-free toast or crackers. It’s also a great candidate for a grilled cheese if you eat dairy. Hope you enjoy!