Friday, October 10, 2008

Soup's On!

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
Saves time.
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.

Soup's ON!!

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