Loaded Vegetable Soup Comfort Food Recipe

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As the name suggests, this Loaded Vegetable Soup is an absolute Comfort Food Recipe for cold winter nights. It will keep your family’s immunity strong since there are so many veggies that are slow cooked and simmered for at least 3 hours straight. You’ll also notice how easy, healthy dinner recipes like this soup can be when you prepare it yourself. Just chop all the veggies and toss them together in a stock pot and let it simmer and there you’ve got yourself a delicious, comforting, hot soup just the way it is supposed to be. This easy soup recipe is also another excellent reason why you should make it a lot because it is from scratch and doesn't contain any added preservatives, unlike the store-bought soups. Pair it with a piece of garlic or sourdough bread, pour it over a bed of rice or just eat it on its own for lunch or dinner, anything works! It’s a good idea to make this comforting soup recipe in large volume and freeze it just so that you have a healthy meal readily available.

You can add or modify the flavors in this recipe with more spices of your choice such as paprika, Cajun spice, cumin powder, fresh garlic, Worchestire sauce or even mixed Italian herbs etc. You can even add ground turkey, crab meat, or grilled chicken in this recipe just for an added protein that comes from lean meat. Toss in some spicy Italian pork sausages, peppered or smoked crispy bacon in addition to it. If you don't like adding smoked bacon bits, you can just add Hickory liquid smoke instead for obtaining a smokey aroma without adding any meat. Make it even more wholesome by adding green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, or even arugula. Healthy dinner recipes are very versatile if you want to change up the flavors to adjust to your palate.

This recipe is also great for "meat-free Mondays" with as many different veggies as you want. But if you still crave meat in your soup, you can add tofu or vegan sausages to keep it flavorsome. Vegan sausages make a good meat replacement, and mushrooms work just as good. Betty Crocker's ‘Bac-o's Bacon Flavor Bits’ is soy-based with no MSG or saturated fats. Since it is preservative-free, it also makes it a very popular condiment among the vegan community. It is also a good condiment to start with for those who are trying to eat less meat. Combining different types of beans in a soup recipe such as red, black or white beans are a very good source of natural protein, iron and fiber as well. You can add split pea or red lentils into this yummy soup recipe. In addition to lowering cholesterol, beans prevent blood sugar levels and especially a good choice of food for individuals with diabetes. Beans are a great meat substitute for vegetarians and also make a substantial meal with meat-like texture with very low-fat content in them.

This vegetable soup recipe is simple, healthy and easy to make and a good idea to into your family dinner ideas on a regular basis. Thanks to Shannon at the Cozy Country Living recipe blog for sharing this Loaded Vegetable Soup Comfort Food recipe with us. For more healthy dinner recipes you can visit Shannon’s blog that has great family dinner ideas. This warm soup recipe is one of the best quick dinner recipes you can make that is nutritious for you and your family. A bowl of this hot soup, especially during the winter season, is like a comforting dream!

Nutrition Facts for: Loaded Vegetable Soup from Cozy Country Living
Ingredients: Olive oil, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, peas, green beans, potatoes, bay leaves, basil, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 241, Calories from Fat 43, Total Fat 4.8g 7%, Saturated Fat 0.7g 3%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 780mg 32%, Potassium 1313mg 38%, Carbohydrates 46.6g 16%, Dietary Fiber 10.8g 43%, Sugars 12.9g, Protein 8.6g, Vitamin A 150%, Vitamin C 212%, Calcium 11%, Iron 26%

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