Whether it’s summer time and you need a little extra help peeling off the pounds to fit into your bikini…or it’s winter time and you are craving a delicious, warm soup for dinner that the whole family will like that’s easy to prepare…you might want to try my Country Vegetable Beef “Skinny” Soup.
This is a super-simple recipe that my mom used to make quite often. Although I have to admit when we were kids, we didn’t appreciate it at all!! We called it “Mom’s Garbage Soup” as she used to throw in all the leftover vegetables that were in the refrigerator so nothing went to waste. Weren’t we awful?? Haha!
Well, I have come to appreciate this recipe over the years and have created my own version of it to include more spices and variety of vegetables. Basically, ANY veggies you like…throw ’em in the pot!
Ann’s Country Vegetable Beef “Skinny” Soup
1 lb. ground beef
2 (32 oz.) containers chicken broth
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
3/4 red onion (chopped chunky)
2 stalks celery (chopped chunky)
1 zucchini or yellow squash (chopped chunky)
1 handful snap peas (chopped chunky)
1 green bell pepper (chopped chunky)
1 handful broccoli flowerettes (chopped chunky)
1 handful cauliflower flowerettes (chopped chunky)
3/4 cup Kraft Parmesan Cheese (optional)
1/2 cup medium Pace Picante Sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
1 tsp. minced garlic (from jar)
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (to taste)
Dried parsley (to taste)
Italian seasoning (to taste)
Start by browning ground beef in a large soup pot. Season with salt/pepper/garlic salt. Drain the grease.
In separate saucepan, boil:
Optional: 2 small potatoes with the skin on (chopped in large pieces). Boil until almost done. Remove from water and add to soup pot. Now add the pasta to the same saucepan water.
Optional: 1 handful Bow Tie pasta (or any pasta) – boil in saucepan til almost done. Drain…and add pasta to soup.
If you are wanting more of a “skinny/no carb” soup to lose weight…you may want to omit the potato and pasta (but it sure is tasty!! LOL)
This makes a tasty and satisfying meal regardless of what time of year it is…and you’ll always feel good about eating it and feeding it to your family because it’s healthy and not full of additives and chemicals like canned soups…plus those are just flavorless.
Enjoy a bowl with a green garden salad if you’re wanting to melt off some pounds (of course, daily cardio will help speed up the weight loss along with cutting carbs and sugar)…or enjoy it with a crusty chunk of French bread and butter if you’re not concerned with the carbs. Oh yum!! Try it…and let me know how you like it!
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