Nourish Your Body with Vibrant Veggie Soup

 

 

Good nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment Eating healthy, good-for-you foods during and after treatment can help patients feel better and stay stronger.  Proper nutrition can help them keep up their body weight and strength, keep body tissue healthy, and fight infection.

 

In light of the cooler weather, I asked one of my favorite nutritionists and wellness warriors Elise Museles of Kale & Chocolate to suggest a warm soup recipe that was nutritious, delicious and downright amazing.  Elise sent over her very own recipe that she created called “Vibrant Veggie Soup”.  I just made a pot and it is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S, plus it contains tons of vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients making it super healthy and super good-for-you.  Thank you Elise!  You’re THE BEST!!!  So without further ado, here’s the recipe…

Kale & Chocolate’s Vibrant Veggie Soup  *Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 yellow or sweet onion, diced
1 clove garlic
4 carrots
5 celery stalks
2 tablespoons of high quality olive oil
4 cups of vegetable stock
1-2 cups water, depending on desired thickness
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
6 cups vegetables, chopped (broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, etc.)
3 cups fresh spinach leaves (reserve until the end)
2 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped (parsley, oregano, and/or thyme)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional for an additional kick)

METHOD

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in soup pot and add in onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Sauté until lightly browned then add in fresh herbs to coat vegetables. Next, add in vegetable stock, water, tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix thoroughly and then place chopped vegetables into the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover for about 30-35 minutes. When veggies are soft, turn off heat and add in 3 cups of fresh spinach leaves. Place lid back on pot for 5 minutes to allow the spinach to steam. Season with sea salt and fresh pepper.

 

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Susan says:

    Coincidently I made a soup exactly like this one the other day! May I suggest the option of adding beans and/or whole wheat pasta for more protein. It truly becomes a one-dish meal!

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