Hey, What’s Cookin’?
When a cold salad doesn’t appeal to you, what can you do to make sure you get your rainbow of veggies intake for the day? What can you have–besides a salad–for a veggie-loaded meal or side dish? That’s easy–you whip up a pot of vegetable soup, like today’s Green Bean and Tomato Soup!
Soup is the perfect late-fall/early winter food. It’s hydrating, nourishing, and filling. It’s also a great food choice when you have are seriously hangry but don’t want to sidetrack your healthy eating. A generous bowl of hot vegetable soup can satisfy you far better than a few nuts or a cheese stick!
Today’s soup centers around fresh green beans, with some tomatoes to liven them up. Spices and herbs add extra flavor, and a vegetable broth keeps it completely plant-based. Green Bean & Tomato Soup is excellent paired with a sandwich for lunch or as a starter for any dinner.
Green Bean & Tomato Soup
Adapted from: a recipe at Taste of Home
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatos
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- nutritional yeast (optional)
- In a large stock pot or dutch oven, saute onion and carrots in oil for 5 minutes. Mix in thyme, oregano, and crushed red pepper and cook 1 min.
- Stir in the broth, green beans and garlic. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 5 minutes longer.
- Ladle Green Bean & Tomato Soup into bowls and serve. If desired, sprinkle some nutritional yeast over the soup.
Notes: If the soup does not need to be vegetarian, you can sprinkle 1 tbs Parmesan cheese over each serving. You could also add a dollop of plain yogurt for extra richness and creaminess.
Photograph via Taste of Home