Oh, the benefits of good old fashioned soup!
It can warm you up.
It can feed the whole family.
It uses up leftovers.
It can count counts towards your five a day veggie servings
Can be easily taken to work and heated.
Be bulked up with rice or pasta.
It can be a great staple in your pantry for a quick meal.
It can be used as an appetizer instead of salad.
Soup can be a low energy dense foods that is filling and satisfying. Because it contains a lot of water and vegetables, you can feel fuller with less calories. That's a bonus, for sure!!
If you haven't tried the Garden Vegetable Soup recipe- you can find it twice in your Eat Wisely book. Give it a try and I'll bet you will be glad you did.
Just about anything can go into a pot of soup.
Starting with your lean meats:
Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, or turkey.
Add some veggies:
broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, onion, peas, peppers, spinach, squash or tomatoes. (pick a few or clean out your fridge!)
Add a little starch or grain such as;
barley, beans (many kinds to choose from) brown rice, bulgur, couscous, lentils, potatoes or whole wheat pasta.
Then add some Zing:
herbs, soy sauce, spices, taco mix, taco sauce, teriyaki sauce, broth or bouillon, tomato juice or tomato paste.
You are only limited to your imagination. I challenge you to mix up a pot of soup this week! Double the batch and freeze the leftovers for when you don't have time to cook.