So What is for Dinner this Wednesday? It's Veggie Soup! A total fav. of mine because I rarely end up leaving it as JUST veggie soup, I always have to throw something extra in to spice things up. But let's just start with the basic recipe first and then get crazy with the add ins!
So the first thing is first! Cook some carrot, celery, onion, and garlic in about 3 cups of water. Keep it at medium for about 10 or so minutes, or as long as it takes to prepare the next ingredients.
Now add tomatoes crushed with a spoon (or of course a can of crushed tomato), green beans, a box of chicken broth, salt and pepper. Let it boil, and then simmer for another 10 or so minutes, or again as long as it takes to prepare the last ingredients.
Last add zucchini and spinach, bring it to a boil once again and simmer it again for yet another 10 minutes. Oh and if you want to add in any small noodles, rice, or orzo this is the time.
Now that is basic, simple, and delicious vegetable soup. Its fat free and can be frozen for later. I love it.
But I also love to spice things up. So sometimes I add a little something more. Or even more often I take half of this soup and the next day add a little something more.
Suggestions? Add red potato, chunks of a firm white fish like cod, dill and feta cheese to make a delicious Greek Fish Stew.
Or maybe boil it a few minutes with some shrimp, snow peas, a pinch of red pepper, and rice noodles. Then right before serving add a 1/4 cup of coconut milk and some lime juice. This makes a spicy Thai Shrimp Soup that even Zeke devours.
Want something a little simpler? Add kidney beans, basil, and shell noodles to turn your veggie soup into Minestrone.
The possibilities are seriously endless.