Brrr. More Soup, Please!

It is so cold. All I want to eat is soup!


So soup I will make.

Yesterday, I used this brown rice medley I picked up at Trader Joe’s to create a fun variation of my favorite Veggie-tastic Minestrone Soup.


I cooked the rice in half water and half low sodium chicken broth (veggie broth would work too), to give it some flavor:


While the rice was cooking, in a separate (larger) pot, I combined a 32 oz container (4 cups worth) of low sodium veggie broth with some chopped carrots. Once the liquid was simmering and the carrots were soft, I added in some chopped celery.



Once the rice was cooked, it got dumped in, too, in place of the usual pasta in my minestrone recipe.


Then I threw in some kidney beans:


And topped it all off with some cracked pepper, garlic powder, and dried basil. 


Yum! Homemade soup is so much tastier than canned :)


If we get tired of this, I might add in some shredded garlicky chicken or something, too. That’s what I love about homemade soup — the possibilities are endless and you can basically just toss in half your fridge and see what happens. ;)

Apparently it’s supposed to snow later today — gah! I’m going to go lay low and get some studying done — or maybe just snuggle under some blankets in front of the TV. We’ll see ;)


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    I was just sitting here trying to decide what to fix for my family to eat when they wish to eat. We do that on Saturday’s because everyone is so busy. I am going to make a variation of this soup. I’m like you, I love soup and I love it year round. It is going to be cold in the Atlanta area like 17 degrees Monday night. Happy studying and good luck

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    I agree homemade soup is so much better than canned! Usually it’s pretty cheap too and tastes so good the next day! I just bought a couscous mix from Trader Joe’s I’m tempted to get creative with!

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    I’m a sucker for great soup made at home in the cold weather!

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    What a great action shot of adding the kidney beans!

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    Oooh, this time of year all I want to eat are hot, comforting foods. Soup is definitely one of my favorites although most of the time I have the canned variety. :-?

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    Soup is about all I’ve been eating these days!! This looks fantastic.

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    Looks awesome! Enjoy a “snow day” – and study hard! :-)

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    I agree on the cold weather and soup, perfect combo :) Looks delicious!

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    Ooooo yummy! :)

    I love the “action” shot of the kidney beans! :)

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    i just LOVE the pic of the beans falling into the soup, seriously awesome i’m jealous ;)

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    I made my soup according to your recipe and the family is loving it. Thanks

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    I hope you snuggled! And try not to have any D.C blizzard flashbacks…

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    Yummy! I want some of your soup!!

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    Adventurer says:

    That looks so good… Hope you don’t get snowed in!

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    I love soup. Yours is looking awfully good :)

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    This soup inspired me to make some for the first time! It turned out great with a few twists! Makes me want to attempt some of this awesome recipe page!

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