Healthy Eating Can Be Easy and Delicious!
A funny thing happened to Rob and me this week.
We were struck by how many people think it’s such a lot of work to enjoy healthy eating, specifically to cook and make healthy meals. Before I continue on with my story, ask yourself how long it takes to eat a bag of potato chips or a box of Oreos? In that time, you could make a fantastic meal for yourself and/or your family.
But I digress… we were trying to think how to make it so simple and fast to make a healthy meal, no one could use time as an excuse.
We make a lot of soups, especially in the cold winter months here in New England. It does take some time, but we can eat it for several meals; we change it up as well so we’re not eating exactly the same thing.
We decided to break out our crock pot and try making our soup in that. We hadn’t used it in quite a while, and it was so easy! I just dumped all the ingredients into the crock pot, except the onions and mushrooms. Those I sautéed in olive oil and deglazed with some white wine for added flavor and richness, but you don’t have to do that extra step.
We set it on “auto” so it cooked on high until it got to a certain temperature; then it automatically switched to low.
We started in the evening and it cooked all night on low. In the morning, the house smelled amazing! And…the soup was incredible. You can continue to cook it on low or turn it off until dinner time. I’ve included our recipe and some variations we use to change it up for a few meals and still keep it interesting.
I hope you’ll try it; we keep saying how while trying to come up with a better, faster, easier solution for cooking for others, we made our own lives easier…and more flavorful!
Crock Pot Vegetable Bean Soup:
2 cans of beans (I used organic kidney and black beans)
1 box organic frozen squash
1 box organic frozen spinach (if you want it less green, use ½ box)
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
Chopped organic carrots
Chopped organic cauliflower
¼- ½ cup white wine (to taste)
Organic broth (I use vegetable broth)
Salt & Pepper to taste
We also add about 1 teaspoon powdered garlic and 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes for extra flavor
Optional: We sometimes add a small can or two of wild salmon and/or organic egg whites toward the end of the cooking time.
Make Major Improvements in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC