Super Vegetable Load Soup

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If you're feeling under the weather, you probably don't feel much like cooking a big meal. That's when easy dinner ideas and soup recipes come into the picture. Soup recipes are perfect for lunch or dinner, but when you're feeling sick, sometimes all you want to eat is soup. Soup provides a nice, hearty and healthy meal without being too filling or hard to digest. Soup that also contains real bone or vegetable broth will have tons of vitamins and minerals in it that will help boost your immunity and health. Even if you're not sick, soup can still be a great easy dinner idea for those times when you're just not feeling up to making a huge meal for yourself and your family. Serve it with some dinner rolls, a salad or a sandwich, and you have yourself a whole meal. This is one of the soup recipes from Shannon of Cozy Country Living, and she calls this her backup soup recipe that she makes a huge batch of and freezes for future use. That way you can just heat up some of the soup to have when you're feeling under the weather or when you're hungry but don't feel like making a big meal. When you're making soup from scratch, it's great if you can use homemade broth whenever possible.

To make your own broth that you can use in soup recipes just save all of your vegetable peels and scraps or toss some of the veggies you have in your fridge in a pot and sautee them for several minutes. Then just add water and simmer for 8 hours or more. If you have any chicken, turkey, or beef bones you can also make a bone broth which has some amazing health benefits too. So when you have meat for dinner, just save the bones in a freezer safe container or bag and put them in the freezer until you're ready to make your broth. Then sautee a few vegetables and add the bones and some water to fill the pot and add in some apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar helps in soup recipes to pull the nutrients out of the bones adding more flavour and nutritional value to your broth. When you've simmered it for long enough, you can then just strain out the broth from the bones and veggies and use in your soup recipes or other recipes. There are plenty of easy dinner ideas that use soup as a part of their ingredients list, so it never hurts to have some around. This vegetable soup recipe includes fresh carrots, peppers, corn, tomatoes, celery, onions, garlic, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes, and peas with some great seasonings like basil.

If you want to buy the healthiest vegetables possible, it helps to look at the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. By looking at these lists, you'll be able to decide which foods to buy organic and which ones you can purchase non-organic. All of the vegetables and fruits on the Clean Fifteen list can be purchased non-organic since they came back from testing with no signs of pesticides or chemicals. The produce from the Dirty Dozen list, however, you may want to purchase organic since all of that produce came back with traces of pesticides and chemicals. So in this recipe, you'll want to buy the tomatoes, celery, peppers and potatoes. All of the other vegetables can be purchased non-organic since they won't have pesticides on them. Try out this great soup recipe and other great easy dinner ideas and meal ideas from Cozy Country Living.***

Nutrition Facts for: Loaded Vegetable Soup from Cozy Country Living
Ingredients: Olive oil, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, peas, green beans, potatoes, bay leaves, basil, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 241, Calories from Fat 43, Total Fat 4.8g 7%, Saturated Fat 0.7g 3%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 780mg 32%, Potassium 1313mg 38%, Carbohydrates 46.6g 16%, Dietary Fiber 10.8g 43%, Sugars 12.9g, Protein 8.6g, Vitamin A 150%, Vitamin C 212%, Calcium 11%, Iron 26%

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