The Best Loaded Vegetable Soup

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You'll want to try this loaded vegetable soup, a recipe you can enjoy anytime of the year. With so many healthy vegetables this is sure to get a go-to recipe when you are in need of something healthy and comforting. It might be easier to list the vegetables that you will not find in this healthy homemade 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 make this easy soup recipe one to bookmark. With fresh carrots, green and red peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, celery, broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, potatoes, peas and corn seasoned with salt, pepper and some crushed red pepper. This healthy soup recipe is simmered all afternoon in a Dutch Oven, giving you a warm, healthy soup recipe that your family will love.

One ingredient in this healthy soup recipe is peas. They are a rather astonishing little legume, rich with protein, sugars and starch, not to mention a unique and amazing array of phytonutrients. More and more research seems to be suggesting that eating peas along with 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 also have a relatively low GI), but also because peas have loads of dietary 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 help to 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 easy soup recipe or any other pea recipe the message is clear, eat your peas.

In this easy soup recipe, you will reap all the benefits of the ton of vegetables in the recipe. This healthy homemade soup is a good idea if anyone is feeling a little under the weather, and is perfect for those cold rainy days. Of course, you can always add additional vegetables into this easy soup idea, depending on the vegetables you like. And, adding celery to the list of vegetables can often mean you can reduce the amount of salt that goes into the dish.

This healthy soup idea is also very easy to make. Just chop up pretty much 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 recipe is a great way to use up the veggies in your house. This delicious vegetable soup recipe is, literally, every thing you have except the kitchen sink. These flavors come together nicely with help from the can of organic fire roasted tomatoes that will infuse all the veggies with the taste of tomato. With bay leaves, and basil that also works to create a cohesive taste that everyone in the family will enjoy when you make it. Serve this easy soup recipe with some fresh baguette or make some garlic fingers, whichever food your family prefers. This is just one of the easy soup ideas you will find on the Cozy Country Living site. On the site, you will find healthy homemade soup, dessert recipes, main dish, appetizer ideas, easy soup ideas, home decor, DIY ideas, life and inspiration and so much more. **

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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