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SOUPER SUNDAY: Healthy Minestrone Soup

January 31, 2016

A one-pot meal, ready in 40 minutes with this Healthy Minestrone Soup! This gluten and dairy-free soup is packed-full of veggies and protein for a filling and delicious weekday lunch or dinner recipe.

A one-pot meal, ready in 40 minutes with this Healthy Minestrone Soup! This gluten and dairy-free soup is packed-full of veggies and protein for a filling and delicious weekday lunch or dinner recipe.I can’t help but laugh when people suggest that because I live and grew up in Canada, I somehow have a higher tolerance for winter. True, I have endured 26 years of winter, but by no stretch of the imagination am I “used to it”. In fact, as I get older my threshold for winter has absolutely decreased. I just don’t go outside for 8 months of the year…

I especially love when non-Canadians make a gross generalization regarding “Canada” as though it is some northern arctic wasteland. Yup, I’m from Canada but did you know that TEN US States are actually north of Toronto? #funfact

I try to keep this place pretty positive, but today I’m using the blog to vent my frustrations regarding my arch nemesis, winter.

A one-pot meal, ready in 40 minutes with this Healthy Minestrone Soup! This gluten and dairy-free soup is packed-full of veggies and protein for a filling and delicious weekday lunch or dinner recipe.Now I realize that I probably shouldn’t complain about the weather seeing as El Nino has led to what would be considered summer temperatures here (-1 C/30 F) <—I’m exaggerating and certainly not helping my “Canada is not the North Pole” argument, but really, that is insanely warm for Toronto in January. But I could list at least 5 other reasons why I hate winter.

…and because it’s my blog and I’m feeling sassy I am going to do just that.

1. THE LIGHT (or lack there of) – I’m 90% positive I suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), because my happiness runs on the same schedule as daylight savings. I’m the worst version of myself from November to March and magically make a return to normal human behaviour come Spring Forward. Also food photography in the winter is the bane of my existence. I tried to pull-off the crappy light when I shot this soup as “moody”. Indulge me and tell me it worked.

2. THE FOOD – I love squash, I really do, but I also wouldn’t mind a little variety in there…and with the surging produce prices, I’m kind of being forced to eat local and well local in the winter is basically squash. So there’s that.

3. THE CLOTHES – sweaters and boots were fun for like a hot second. Now my Capsule Wardobe just feels so boring and heavy. P.S. If you’re interested in hearing more about my capsule wardrobe, comment below!

4. TUNNEL VISION– I basically lack all peripheral vision in the winter. Hats + winter coats don’t allow for much of a turning radius so I basically spend the entire season staring down at my boots, hoping a car doesn’t hit me.

5. YOU CANNOT ESCAPE IT (literally) – anytime I try to remove myself from this depressing state of affairs, winter will inevitably find a way to prevent that from happening. Got a flight tomorrow? Cue massive snowstorm.

A one-pot meal, ready in 40 minutes with this Healthy Minestrone Soup! This gluten and dairy-free soup is packed-full of veggies and protein for a filling and delicious weekday lunch or dinner recipe.The one saving grace from winter? SOUP. I bet you’re not at all surprised by this. If I’m gonna be stuck inside all day, feeling sad and bitter, I may as well be munching on this Healthy Minestrone Soup.

It also makes a meal for like 6 days, further allowing me to avoid the outdoors as much as possible. It may not fully cure my winter blues, but it’s certainly a start!

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Healthy Minestrone Soup

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can white kidney beans or cannellini beans
  • 1 cup macaroni pasta (I used gluten-free brown rice noodles)
  • 1/2 head of kale, stemmed and chopped
  • optional: 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat up a large pot over med-high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Throw in onion, carrot and celery and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add in garlic and bell pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add in green beans and cook for another minute.
  5. Top with diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, spices and and beans and stir. DO NOT ADD PASTA!
  6. Bring to a boil and then let simmer, covered over med-low heat for 20 minutes.
  7. Add in pasta and kale and cook for 10 more minutes or until noodles are cooked.
  8. Top with fresh parsley, if using and serve warm.
  9. Will keep for a week in refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes

*based off my Detox Vegetable Soup recipe

A one-pot meal, ready in 40 minutes with this Healthy Minestrone Soup! This gluten and dairy-free soup is packed-full of veggies and protein for a filling and delicious weekday lunch or dinner recipe.Are you a winter person? What parts do you hate or love about it?

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  • Reply
    Leah M @ love me, feed me
    January 31, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I grew up in Yellowknife so everyone assumes that cold doesn’t affect me in the slightest, but it’s so untrue so I totally understand. I am notttt a fan of winter at all, I’m always freezing and the lack of light gets me so down.
    This soup would make for perfect healthy winter comfort food though!!
    Leah M @ love me, feed me recently posted…apple date baked oatmeal

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

      How did I not know you grew up in Yellowknife?! You’re officially the coolest person I know! You totally own me on the winter and have totally shut down any complaints I may have haha

  • Reply
    Diana
    January 31, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Would love to hear about your capsule wardrobe!

  • Reply
    Emily
    January 31, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Soup looks amazing. After the holidays I’m over winter. I live in upstate NY and while it has been incredibly mild this year, I still could do without. That being said, I love fall…I’d live in fall weather for a long while. I will definitely be making this soup! I’m interested in the time capsule wardrobe. I keep hearing of this but don’t know exactly what it is. My clothes stay out in the closet / dresser like a massive disaster all year long and I’m wondering if this could be helpful!
    Emily recently posted…Pregnancy #2: 16 Weeks Update

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

      We’re super close to the NY border so I think we have similar wether but even still I hate it! Will get working on the capsule wardrobe post!

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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    February 1, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Soup is literally a lifesaver in the winter. And by winter, I mean 40 degrees in Louisiana, ’cause that’s cold down here. I think you pulled off the moody lighting quite well 😉
    Emilie @ Emilie Eats recently posted…10 Healthy Vegan Lunches for Work (or School!)

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    February 1, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I love the look of snow… But I hate winter and the bitter cold – hence why I moved from Scotland to Australia! Some of us just aren’t meant for the cold! Haha!
    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape recently posted…Friday Favourites – Jan 29

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

      girl I think you’re onto something! BRB just hopping on a plane to Australia!

  • Reply
    Christina
    February 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

    holy sh*z I was just thinking about how I wanted to share a recipe for minestrone lol!! This looks so good. And those mugs are the cutest! Your winter talk is so funny because here in Florida we get so excited at the slightest drop in temperature!
    Christina recently posted…Where to Eat in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 2, 2016 at 9:49 am

      I’m taking that as a formal invitation to move in…see you soon!

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    Alysia at Slim Sanity
    February 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Ha! I get the same thing about winter because I’m originally from Wisconsin. Like, hellooooo I haven’t lived there for 10 years (left after high school) and I obviously left for a reason 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 2, 2016 at 9:38 am

      HAHAHAHAHA I somehow keep finding my way back to Toronto…I’m determined to let this winter be my last!

  • Reply
    Maureen
    February 2, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Someone had their sassy pants on this weekend! lol But it’s okay since you gave us this delicious soup in exchange!
    Maureen recently posted…Weekend Food Prep 2

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    Char
    February 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Loving the looks of this soup!! Moody lighting is great 😉 I have spinach in my fridge…can I sub it for kale? TIA !
    P.s I’m in Toronto too and not loving the cold today!

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