Springtime Vegetable Soup is a delicious blend of sweet vegetables, chicken and a light savory broth. The perfect healthy alternative to enjoy and share.
There are some things that are just too pretty not to eat. This Springtime Vegetable Soup is one of them. As a girl who loves her pizza, her beer and her chili cheese dogs, it is never an easy thing to switch up from the Fat & Tasty to the Healthy & Eh.. Not As Tasty side of food. But as we all start to get (gasp!!) older and those pounds don’t just melt away like they used to and we start to learn the consequences of all of those late night benders and greasy take out orders, at some point it becomes necessary to peak around the corner and see what’s hanging out on the other side of hot wings and double fried french fries. It’s scary but really .. if we could all survive interactive showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (throw the rice!!!) and cheese in a can, can’t we come back from just about anything? I think so.
What’s living on the other side is a land of goodness and delicious healthy living. Taking the step into this world is a bit daunting and certainly doesn’t seem as much fun but what I am slowly learning is that healthy food doesn’t need to be boring or tasteless or HORRIFIC, as I once labeled it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all bunnies and sunshine. I TRIED baked squash threaded into spaghetti like “noodles”. That did NOT go well, not at all. But then I tried parsnips for the first time and they were not bad. I’m also happy to say that I can now identify what a parsnip looks like and probably should have Googled a picture of them first before I walked around the produce section for 20 minutes with no idea what a parsnip even looked like. Lesson learned… I have also learned that cauliflower can be transformed into anything and everything, from pizza crust to dessert to a variety of mashed potato inspired side dishes, including my favorite Loaded Cauliflower Casserole. Apparently, cauliflower is really the newly discovered eighth wonder of the world .. slap that on a bumper sticker and have someone try to tell you it’s wrong.
Then comes this soup. I wanted to make something healthy and not HORRIFIC so in the pot everything went and what came out was truly a delicious combination of sweet vegetables and chicken swimming around in a light broth. There are a hundred recipes for vegetable soup on that new fangled world wide web and they all pretty much have the same ingredients in one faction or another. I myself am not a vegetable soup fan so I was amazed how much I enjoyed this recipe. There are some days it’s better to be lucky than good and this recipe proves it.
There is nothing easier to make in this world than this soup.
The corn and the carrots make this a very sweet tasting soup and it’s very pleasing all the way around. This makes a large amount of soup so this would be great to feed your entire family on a cold day. Or you could be like me and take it for lunch all week instead of hitting up the sub shop everyday. Either way, this is a delicious alternative to the take out menus and the drive thru dinners and it’s a meal you really can feel good about eating.
…and it’s not spaghetti squash….
Happiness and Blessings!
- 3 chicken breasts , parboiled and shredded
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 32 oz vegetable broth
- 15 oz chicken broth
- 28 oz petite diced tomatoes
- 1 small onion , diced
- 15 oz can corn , drained
- 2 large potatoes , peeled and diced
- 1 cup green beans , fresh or frozen, chopped
- 1 cup peas , fresh or frozen
- 2 cups carrots , diced or sliced
- 2 cups cooked penne pasta (optional)
In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, pour in your vegetable and chicken broth.
Add your seasonings, your vegetables and tomatoes.
Bring to a boil and reduce you heat to low and let simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes.
If you wish to add in pasta, prepare in a separate pot per package instructions and stir in when you are ready to eat.
Serve with crackers or good crusty bread.