Leanne’s Basic Vegetable Soup

Leanne’s Basic Vegetable Soup

Below is a recipe for a major crock cooker full of phytochemically rich veggie soup that you can tweak here and there with the variations I have added to keep you from getting bored. Once the soup has been initially cooked, put it in the fridge and heat up what you need in a small saucepan. The soup is vegetarian and low-carb friendly, too.

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Leanne's Basic Vegetable Soup
Veggie Soup in an earthenware bowl
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Veggie Soup in an earthenware bowl
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook till nearly translucent, now add the garlic. Don’t let the garlic brown and saute another couple of minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the chopped veggies, sauteing for just a minute or two; use extra olive oil if you need it for the rest of the veggies. Remember–you’re not cooking them– just sauteing them for the wonderful flavor this quick step will infuse in your soup.
  4. Add the thyme and salt and pepper while sauteing.
  5. Now put the veggies in the crock cooker, add the tomatoes and broth.
  6. Cook on low 7-9 hours (depending on your crock cooker) or high 4-6 hours.
  7. Just before serving, gently mash some of the potato chunks against the side of the crock-pot to thicken the soup, give it a stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Per Serving: 94 Calories; 3g Fat; 7g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 286mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat. Points: 2

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled cheese sandwiches on whole grain bread and a spinach salad.

Quick Fixes for Variations on the Basic Veggie Soup
Now remember, don’t do these to the whole pot of soup! Just the little bit you pull out to fix yourself for lunch, etc. so that you can do all the Quick Fixes.

Quick Fix #1: Tex Mex Veggie Soup. Add some (eyeball it–how much do you want?) black beans (drained and rinsed), a little bit of cumin and chopped cilantro. Top with some tortilla chips and cheese, or serve with a quesadilla.

Quick Fix #2: Tuscan Veggie Soup. Add some (eyeball it again) cannellini (white kidney beans) or white beans (drained and rinsed), a little bit of Italian seasoning and some chopped kale. Cook till heated through and the kale is tender.

Quick Fix #3: Minestrone Veggie Soup. Add some cooked pasta, a little dried basil and top with a fresh grating of Parmesan cheese.

Quick Fix #4: Autumn Veggie Soup. Add some diced acorn squash or butternut squash, a handful of cooked brown rice, a sprinkling of nutmeg and some chopped parsley.

Chicken Rosemary Sweet Potato Stew

Chicken Rosemary Sweet Potato Stew

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Chicken Rosemary Sweet Potato Stew
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat coconut oil.
  2. To the pot, add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes then add the chicken and sweet potato. Cook for 5 minutes, until chicken is brown.
  3. To the pot, add the remaining ingredients (broth through lemon zest) and stir.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve warm.
Beefy Mushroom Soup

Beefy Mushroom Soup

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Beefy Mushroom Soup
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Course Soups & Stews
Prep Time 20 minutes
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  1. In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, brown ground beef, onion, mushrooms and garlic over medium-high heat; drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add broths, water and pumpkin; stir until well blended, thinning with additional water if needed; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Add milk and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes longer.
Recipe Notes

NUTRITION per serving: 352 Calories; 3g Fat; 18g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 31mg Cholesterol; 340mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 0 Fat. Points: 3

GLUTEN FREE: Make sure beef broth, chicken broth and canned pumpkin are gluten free.

Pumpkin Bean Soup

Pumpkin Bean Soup

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Pumpkin Bean Soup
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  1. In a blender, process cumin, black beans, onions, garlic, broth, and water at high speed until smooth.
  2. Transfer bean mixture to saucepan; stir in pumpkin and heat to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve in bowls; sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Recipe Notes

NUTRITION per serving: 110 Calories; 1g Fat; 8g Protein; 18g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 367mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat. Points: 2

SERVING SUGGESTION: Whole grain rolls and a big salad would be perfect!

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

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Chicken Soup
orange enameled stock pot on a wooden surface next to carrots and rosemary
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Cuisine Paleo
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Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Paleo
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orange enameled stock pot on a wooden surface next to carrots and rosemary
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat; add next 9 ingredients (carrots through crushed red pepper flakes).
  2. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables soften.
  3. Stir in tomato paste then top with chicken.
  4. Pour broth and water over chicken.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks.
  7. Stir shredded chicken into soup.

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