It pains me to write this...as I sit her bundled up, still freezing and over this weather. A few things that always bring me comfort in the cold are, coffee, a sauna, tea, a sweaty workout and SOUP! As I've said before, I don't have the time or patience to create a homemade masterpiece from scratch and I like to keep things simple. I gathered a few ingredients I already had in my kitchen to make a delicious and filling soup. Full disclosure: I often make soup in the Vitamix with minimal ingredients but we were out of carrots and happened to have the soup below in the cabinets. For all my protein loving friends this meal is packed with protein plus fiber and nutrients.
Here's the base: A super nutritious carrot/ginger soup found at pretty much every grocery store. If using a Vitamix use carrots or squash as your base.
Next I sauteed kale, extra firm tofu and white beans for extra protein, fiber and vitamins.
Then I added my new best friend: BLACK BEAN PASTA! Here's the scoop...it's a little high in calories with 320/serving BUT it also packs 15 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein. Not to mention 25% of your daily calcium, Iron and B6. Oh and its delicious.
I added more veggies since we had tons of spinach and cooked it write in the pot. You can add anything to your soup base. You can even make this with just a can of veggie broth rather than carrots or squash. Use what you have an don't complicate it.
Voila. Dinner is served. It was husband approved too!
As I mentioned you can make the base easily in a Vitamix. I'd add tons of carrots, veggie broth a little olive oil, ginger and garlic. Easy-peasy!