So, as I prepare for chemo rounds 2 to 8 I have been focusing on being as healthy as possible, as active as possible and eating all my favourite foods 🙂
I thought I would start sharing my favourite recipes with you all 🙂 So today is Minestrone soup. It is warm, hearty, full of protein, vegetables and I always feels so light after it 🙂 I do modify most recipes a bit to suit my taste, for this one I used bone broth instead of vegetable broth, more taste and WAY more protein.
- 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
- 1 parmesan rind
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 1/4 cup celery, diced
- 1 1/2 cup white onion, diced
- 4 – 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 sprig rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini, diced
- 1 1/2 cups tubular (ditalini) pasta
- 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
- 2 1/2 cups baby spinach, chopped
- Finely shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving (or Romano)
- Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato pesto, Parmesan rind, vegetable stock, water, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves to a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
- Add in red kidney beans, great northern beans, zucchini, and pasta and cook on high heat for an additional 20- 25 minutes until pasta is tender. Stir in the spinach and green beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes until heated through. Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese and garlic toasts.
Credit to the Little Spice Jar for such a great recipe 🙂
Since this is my first time using this rating system I figure I should explain it.
I will give each recipe two taste ratings. Jess’s Taste rating is out of 5 stars. Chuck (my boyfriend) has a taste rating out of 5 pokeballs (we are 2 nerds, and we know it ;)). I will also give each recipe a spoonie rating. A spoonie rating is how many spoons of energy it takes to make each recipe. 1 to 5 spoons. The lower the spoon rating the less energy I needed. 😉
Jess’s Taste Rating:
Chuck’s Taste Rating:
As you can see this recipe was super easy to make and DELICIOUS. This soup is a staple at our place, and going to be a staple as i fight through chemo :). Let me know if you make it!