One of my favorite things about life at home is a ritual that Matt and I have dubbed “Sunday Soup”. Each Sunday afternoon, after church, I make a large quantity of some type of soup, and we eat it for lunch or dinners for the rest of the week. I try to just use whatever I have in the house already and buy as little ingredients as possible, but also make it something tasty and healthy. This week’s concoction was cheap, easy, and delicious, so I thought I would share with you!
1 Bag Multi-Bean soup mix (I used Trader Joe’s 16 Bean and Barley)
2 containers organic vegetable broth, or homemade if you have it
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 large carrots, sliced into ¼” circles
3 stalks celery, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, left whole but smashed with the side of a knife
3 bay leaves (remove before serving)
1T EACH Oregano and Thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Here comes the hard part- put everything in your slow cooker, turn it on low, and enjoy your soup 8 hours later. I didn’t even presoak the beans- but you can if you’d like. Whew. I love when my kitchen does the work for me!
This soup is great because it contains so many good things- protein and fiber from the beans, Vitamin C and beta carotene from the carrots, an immunity boost from the onions and garlic, and a plethora of vitamins and minerals from the vegetable broth. The soup is also very versatile- you can add in your favorite ingredients to enhance the flavors.
Here’s some ideas:
Sub beef broth for the veggie broth
Add a can of diced tomatoes, or tomato paste
Stir in a few cups of fresh spinach
Add in ½ cup of white wine (I did this and it added great depth of flavor)
Sprinkle with crushed red pepper for heat
Add some ground beef, tomatoes, and pasta for a quick pasta fagioli
Add chunks of your favorite cheese- smoked gouda or parmesan would work nicely
Add leftover turkey or chicken
Add or sub different vegetables- zucchini, potatoes, etc
Stir in a few tablespoons of basil pesto before serving
The possibilities are limitless! If you try something new, let me know how you like it!
Also- Sunday Soup is a great way to have something healthy on hand for the week when you don’t feel like prepping something for yourself or are short on time. I encourage you to try it, or something like it, and see how much easier making healthy decisions can be when you’ve already got healthy meals ready!
For a great resource on meal prepping and healthy eating, check out the website www.teamtewson.com :)