Turbo Veggie Soup

This is another recipe that was submitted by a student for the healthy recipe contest and cooking demonstration held on February 17th.  While the recipe calls for chicken broth, vegetable broth could be substituted to make it a true vegetarian soup.

I made some modifications to the recipe mainly to be able to make it from what I had at home.  I also used dry beans which I soaked and cooked ahead of time.  To save on energy usage, I cooked about two pounds of beans and froze what I did not need for the soup.  Now I have some containers of precooked beans ready to throw into other recipes.

I also used homemade chicken broth since I realized I could pay $5.99 for a whole rotisserie chicken, already cooked (easy dinner, leftovers for lunch the next day, and boiled the rest to make a large pot of broth) OR I could pay about the same amount for two quarts of high quality broth.  In addition to having two meals from the chicken, I made enough broth for this soup, froze three cups for future use in a chicken pot pie or Spanish rice, and I have about 1.5 c. of leftover pulled chicken in the freezer for another recipe.  All in all, a much better deal than buying prepared broth, and much lower in sodium!

Turbo Veggie Soup Recipe

  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 8 oz. spinach (I omitted this since the bunch of kale I bought was rather large)
  • 1 lg sweet potato or 2 small, cut up in cubes with skin on (I used 4 small sweet potatoes)
  • 1 lg Vidalia onion, diced (I used 3 small yellow onions)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 – 32 oz. of chicken stock
  • 1 can of diced tomato with jalapenos, undrained (I used two fresh tomatoes, diced)
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • a little fresh basil and parsley if on hand
  • black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp sea salt (I left this out since the precooked rotisserie chicken probably had salt in it.)
  • Optional: cooked soup noodles or rice

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large soup pot.  Pour in broth.  Add all other ingredients except noodles or rice.  Simmer until potatoes are soft.  Add in soup noodles or rice.

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