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Hearty Veggie Soup.

Update! I just hopped on the Twitter bandwagon. I can’t believe I did it. I feel like I’m 84 yrs old and devoid of any technological knowledge because I don’t know how to use it. However, if you’d like to find out what I’m doing (and baking) every, single minute of every, single day, you can follow me here. 🙂

 

 

In order to get in more veggies, I threw this veggie soup together. I actually made it last week, but I loved it and was able to eat veggies everyday. Score!

 

It hasn’t worked out so well this week since the rest of the soup is frozen. I may need to dig it out of the freezer tonight.

 

 

 

When I made this I was craving soup, wasn’t really feeling like meat, and wanted a thick and hearty meal.

 

 

 

 

I grabbed a bunch of veggies from my fridge and chopped ’em up. 

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Yes, I do have SOME veggies in my fridge, contrary to popular belief. I used 1 potato just to give the soup some starch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near the end I added 2 frozen bags of corn and peas.

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But first, here are all the chopped veggies in the pot.

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I dumped in an entire can of petite diced tomatoes.

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And a few small cans of V8.

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I guess V8 was made for people who had a difficult time getting their veggies in. Well, what about us veggie-haters that have time to get their veggies in? Why not make V8 to taste like chocolate milk? Or better yet – rum. Yes. That is what I need. Vegetable Rum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some bulk and a bit of protein I added in some beans.

 

 

 

We have lentils.

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And cannellini beans.

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My husband even loved this soup. Surprising, since it didn’t have any meat in it. He did need to incorporate an entire leg of lamb a few slices of chicken to the meal, so it felt like a man’s meal. Along with a few manly grunts.

 

 

 

 

And other gross, manly sounds. I’ll spare you the details.

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the V8, I added an entire carton of organic vegetable stock and about 5 cups of water.

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I also added about 1/2 cup of whole wheat orzo.

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I love orzo. I have another great recipe to post soon for orzo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I let it simmer for about 2 hours, and it became nice and thick.  

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It almost seemed like there was meat in the dish. It runs a close second to Mother Lovett’s ham and bean soup that is truly AH MAY ZING.

 

 

 

 

Don’t you just love eating soup when you know EXACTLY what goes into it? No sodium bloat afterwards, no artificial tastes. Delish.

 

 

 

 

Hearty Veggie Soup

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

2 leeks, chopped

1/4 head red cabbage, chopped

15 baby carrots, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 potato, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large can petite diced tomatoes

3 – 5oz cans V8 Juice

1 – 20 oz carton organic vegetable stock

1 1/2 cups lentils

1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 -1 cup whole wheat orzo pasta

1 bag frozen peas

1 bag frozen corn

5-6 cups water

1 tablespoon smoked paprika (my love!!)

1 teaspoon thyme

salt & pepper to taste

 

Add olive oil to large soup pot on medium heat. Add chopped veggies and a pinch of salt, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add can of diced tomatoes and stir. Add organic vegetable stock and V8 juice and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in lentils, cannellini beans and 2 cups water. Stir. Add in orzo, frozen peas and corn. Add in rest of water, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 hours.

 

Easy peasy!

 

 

 

 

Isn’t this just screaming ‘make me! make me!?’

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Please make me.

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Happy weekend! It could not get here soon enough.

 

For about a year now, I have had a strong aversion to meat. It pretty much came out of the blue, but I think it stemmed from that time I lost my mind competition dieting.

 

It began with chicken. I can’t swallow it if I take it bite. It literally makes me gag. It’s not the taste, but the texture. I actually like the taste. Then a few months ago, I developed an aversion towards beef and fish. I also ate alot of this while competition dieting.

 

I absolutely CANNOT cook chicken, steak, or fish for myself and want to eat it. The whole process of cooking it grosses me out. If I see one tendon or vein or a bit of gristle…GROSS! I’m done. (Note: I still cook meat everyday for my hubby, friends and family, and some of my recipes are really, very good. Of course I am still going to whore these out detail these on the blog.)

 

I CAN eat meat out in nice restaurants. (And seriously, how gross is THAT? Then I really don’t know what I’m eating). Only a few bites, however. I don’t order it often, but I will order a filet or some type of seafood. No chicken though. Maybe if it is in a cheesy dip or on pizza, but no chicken for me.

 

This has nothing to do with how I feel about animals. I don’t even think about the ‘inhumane’ ideas. I just really can’t stand the texture of meat, the veins…ugh I get chills just thinking about it.

 

 

 

 But what do I do when my husband brings home this for dinner?

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I eat it.

 

 

Well, some of it, anyways.

 

 

This was shocking because we rarely eat this kind of food. Since we have been together I can’t remember one time that we ever went to a fast food restaurant. Plus, I usually cook every night because I LOVE IT.

 

This wasn’t exactly fast food, per se. It came from Five Guys. We had never eaten there before, and if you are not familar with the place, the burgers have 2 meat patties on them! I was not a fan of the fries – too salty, too much seasoning – I just wasn’t feeling them. I took one meat patty off, because, let’s be honest here, WHO needs 2 meat patties? I guess my husband, because he ended up eating 4. I told you he is hungry.

 

 

See, I really can only be a pretend vegetarian. I never claimed to ever even be a vegetarian, but the thought crossed my mind that it was in the near future.

 

 

But I have a huge problem. I hate vegetables. As in, really, strongly, horribly, abhor vegetables. I have never, ever liked them.

 

Salads are ok – with cheese and french fries.

 

And corn is ok, too. Oh wait…that’s no good.

 

 

I promise that I have been TRYING to eat vegetables for over 10 years. Remember, fitness and nutrition are my passion, so I KNOW I should be eating them. I have never been a picky eater, except for my dislike of vegetables.

 

 

Now here I am in my 20’s, excluding 2 major food groups. I really don’t like complaining about my dislike of these foods because there are so many people that need food in this world. Some eat clay pies just to survive, and here I am complaining that I don’t like fresh food. I have tried to cook and season vegetables in a multitude of ways.

 

The thing is, I WANT to like them. I WANT to eat them. But if I prepare them, they go to waste.

 

 

So I need your help. Alot of you have already helped with some of the veggie creations on your blogs.

 

What are your favorite veggies and how do you prepare them? I would prefer to find ways to eat them alone, as opposed to ‘inside foods’  like soup and pasta (I can eat veggies in those).

 

 

 

 

I need help now. Or else I will just keep eating this. And this. And these.

 

And some of this.

 

 

And alot of this.

 

 

 

And I’d really like a pulled pork sandwhich right now, but I don’t have a picture of that.

 

 

 

Oh, FYI: I will be back with a very non-vegetarian recipe. I am such a hypocrite.

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