Loaded Vegetable-Soup

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Try this loaded vegetable soup recipe and fill your kids with yummy flavor that will have them asking for “s’more, please” from this fabulous soup recipe. It might be easier to list the veggies that you will not find in this vegetable soup recipe rather than try to tell you which ones you will find in it. This is a vegetable rich feast, and one that has some surprising sources of a range of nutrients that makes this soup recipe one to book mark. One ingredient in this soup recipe is peas. They are a rather astonishing little legume, rich with protein, starch and sugars, not to mention a unique and amazing array of phytonutrients. More and more research seems to be suggesting that eating peas (and other legumes) may have a positive impact on lowering the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Part of that observation may be because of the lower glycemic index of green peas (yes, even though they seem so sweet, they do have a relatively low GI), but also because peas have loads of fiber in addition to their protein content. More, though, the research suggests that the rather unusual combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that are found in peas may contribute to this association with lower rates of type 2 diabetes. Who ever would have thought a little green pea could carry so much good news? Not to mention, great nutrients. So whether it is this recipe or any other pea recipe the message is clear - eat your peas!

In this yummy and easy soup recipe there are other healthy and vegetables that offer super nutritional value, in addition to the peas. Celery is a great food, filled with fiber that is a terrific addition to this dish. And, adding celery can often mean you can reduce the amount of salt that goes in to the dish. Olive oil, not a veggie of course, but added to this soup recipe, offers at least a dozen antioxidants that are critically important to our good health.

This soup is also very easy to make. Basically just chop up every veggie you have in the fridge, pull out whatever you might have in your cupboards in tins, and then empty out your freezer. This loaded vegetable soup recipe is, literally, every thing you have except the kitchen sink. But that does not mean it is just a mish mash or tastes. These flavors come together beautifully under the unifying flavor of a container of tomatoes that will infuse all the veggies will the taste of tomato. Bay leaves and basil leaves also work to create a cohesive taste that every one in the family will enjoy tonight when you make it. Serve this soup with big hunks of bread smeared with some cream cheese, or make garlic fingers, whichever food your family prefers.This yummy food blog 'Cozy Country Living' where you will find this yummy loaded soup recipe has other great varieties of recipes including bread recipes, breakfast recipes, dessert recipes, freezer recipes, side dish recipes, slow cooker recipes, and of course, soup and stew recipes.

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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