As if going to the grocery store right now isn’t stressful enough–We work up the courage to go, then as we play human checkers, we seem to be on a scavenger hunt to find what we went there for. I’m sure everyone who is overly “stocking up” has their own reasons, but it certainly is making grocery shopping even more challenging during such an already challenging time.
I love to get in my greens and fresh veggies of all types but I’ve been feeling a little nervous about eating uncooked fresh produce right now. With 5 of us trying to work out of the house, lunch time can sometimes last for hours by the time each person frees up time in their schedule, comes to the kitchen and pulls out their choices, etc. It’s a lot of different ingredients to keep an inventory of when you’re trying to eliminate some trips to the grocery store. It also creates a lot of different messes, so I decided making a giant pot of healthy soup here and there might help with some of that.
I have a couple of go-to healthy vegetable soup recipes I like to make, but this last shop at my local market had me scratching my head for usual ingredients. Many things were cleaned out so I found myself substituting quite a bit for recipes. With some of our favorites gone, I bought the produce that was left unloved. I’ll admit it: fennel and rainbow chard aren’t regulars on my list, but they sure will be now.
I couldn’t find cannellini beans or canned tomato paste either, so I subbed in garbanzo beans and tubed tomato paste for the soup I was trying to make. The unexpected substitutes made a soup so delicious, it deserves to be in my regular repertoire. Since many of us are finding ourselves in similar positions, I thought I’d share my make shift recipe with you. It’s very forgiving so you can also substitute where needed.
As terrible as Coronavirus and quarantine time is, I really feel it’s telling us so much if our hearts are open. I don’t mind life teaching me to be more flexible, creative, patient, healthy, generous…and loving among many other things. It’s funny, shortly after I worked so hard to “score” my items, I was asked to donate to a local group collecting food for people in need. Of course I did because we need to help take care of each other. Everywhere I’m turning, I’m seeing opportunities for spiritual renewal and growth. That’s what’s bringing me comfort through this whole experience.
I hope you enjoy this soup, my family loved it. It felt especially meaningful to eat a warm and healthy bowl of soup all together, at the same time today in our kitchen. With busy schedules and locations we haven’t been able to do that too often in recent years. I think I’ll call this recipe: Healthy “Quarantine Hug”-Soup for the Soul.
Healthy “Quarantine Hug” Soup for the Soul
A healthy pot of veggie soup!
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
- Total Time: Approx. 40-45 minute
2/3 cup of olive oil
1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 chopped leek
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
4 peeled carrots or 2 ish cups of baby carrots
3 celery stalks chopped
a generous handful of fresh roughly chopped parsley
1 fennel bulb, cut out the core at the bottom and use all white parts, chopped
A stalk (bunch) of washed and chopped rainbow chard
A stalk (bunch) of washed and chopped Tuscan kale (you can use any kind, I like the deep green if available)
2 handfuls of spinach
Half of a tube of tomato paste or small can
8–10 Cups of chicken broth
2 cans of garbanzo beans
oregano, thyme, rosemary, pinches of each (dried or fresh)
pinches of kosher salt and pepper to taste
Italian blend cheese for garnish
half of a squeezed fresh lemon
Heat oil and saute onions, leek, carrots, garlic, celery, fennel and parsley about 5 minutes.
Add tomato paste and herbs and stir well
Add chicken broth, beans, chard, kale and spinach
Cook for about 5-10 minutes on low…don’t cook too long so that your veggies still have texture and don’t turn to mush.
Garnish with Cheese
Share a warm bowl with your quarantine crew. Stay safe and healthy. XO
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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/
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