Easy Hamburger Soup

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If you grew up as I did in a fairly humble household then this dish of hamburger soup (or stew) was a regular on your family dinner table. Not that we minded, in the least. To our eyes, anything made with hamburger was great comfort food, and we all gobbled it up with gusto. Of course, then, when nutrition was less emphasized, we did not know just how good this stuff was for us to eat. Chock full of onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes, and other veggies along with good old fashioned hamburger, this dish offers a great balance of good nutrition and flavor. It is a dish you can be happy to serve often, humble a dish as it might be.

This particular recipe does not call for garlic, but given the truly spectacular and unique nutritional properties of garlic, consider adding two or three cloves to the dish. Smash them, rather than mincing or chopping the garlic, allow it sit about one minute for the alliinase to begin to react with oxygen (the anti-oxidant), and then add the garlic to the soup (or stew). Once it is cooked, this garlic will taste delicious, mellow and earthy, so do not remove it from the soup (you can, of course, and the garlic flavor will still be wonderful and aromatic throughout the dish). Onions are another ingredient that is really good for us to eat, and they are also a member of the Allium family (that includes garlic and leeks as well as shallots). All of the vegetables in this family are nutritional power houses you should eat every day. Their history of protecting us from colds and flu (and the occasional vampire) is legendary. Keep these as part of your regular diet, at least during the winter months, to ensure the best health protection for your family. In fact, the World’s Healthiest Food web site, recommends one clove of garlic daily for each person, or two or three cloves in any family sized dish that you make where it can be incorporated. This is because of the nutrition the compound offers.

To make it easy to eat garlic, try cooking the entire head and making a spread. It is easy to do. Just peel off the driest outer part and lightly oil the entire clove. Make several of these cloves at once, to save you some time. Then smash the entire head. Most recipes do not tell you to take this step; however, the antioxidant compound needs air to begin to work, and is debilitated by heat. If you let the alliinase start to react for a minute or two before you bake it, you bump up the nutrition in the garlic. Then bake it in a moderate oven, about 350F, for 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the size of the head. Check it often, so it does not burn. Once baked, remove the inner flesh and simply blend it and put it in a jar in the fridge. It will last quite some time. The spread will have a lovely and rich earthy flavor that works on crackers and bread, or that you can simply add in to any stew, roast or smear on chicken that you might be baking with any other recipe. It is a great and delicious way to eat garlic and get good nutrition too.

Make this soup (stew) on any day of the week. It will be a welcome treat. Serve it with big hunks of bread that the kids can dip in to the soup to slop up the juices. This is a really good and hearty, filling and comforting dish, whether you call it soup or stew. It is action packed with good foods to bring great energy and good health to your kids and family, and you can be glad of the humble vegetables and meat that can, cheaply, give you such great food for your family. Enjoy this dish soon. Thank you to Caramel Potatoes blog site for this tasty soup recipe.

Nutrition Facts for: Hamburger Soup From Caramel Potatoes
Ingredients: Lean ground beef, onion, celery, water, carrots, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, tomato sauce, frozen corn, canned green beans.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 373, Calories from Fat 68, Total Fat 7.5g 12%, Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%, Cholesterol 101mg 34%, Sodium 1224mg 51%, Potassium 1486mg 42%,Carbohydrates 36.6g 12%, Dietary Fiber 6.8g 27%, Sugars 10.9g, Protein 39.5g, Vitamin A 193%, Vitamin C 58%, Calcium 7%, Iron 133%

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