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Monday, February 18, 2013

Italian Veggie Soup

Yes, it's true I have turned over a new leaf!  
I am on a healthy living adventure which includes cutting back on the fats, getting more exercise and of course eating more veggies!!  I have lost a few of those stubborn pounds and have plenty more to lose so this must go on for awhile:) Ha! 
My Sweet Fellow and I are working out every day and counting all those little calories that pass through the lips and settle on the hips.

We have learned that starvation doesn't work, we must have plenty of energy to work out and our meal choices must satisfy our tummies and very importantly it must satisfy our appetites. 
  We just can't feel deprived and hungry. 
 A great answer to a low calorie but highly satisfying meal is a soup that is full of veggies with plenty of flavor.  We enjoy this soup with a low calorie wrap or a huge salad and we feel full and very satisfied.   

Italian Veggie Soup

  • 1 Zucchini, chopped
  • 1 Yellow Squash,chopped
  • 1 Purple Onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of Broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of sliced carrots
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • olive oil
  • 1 (14.5oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16oz) can reduced sodium chickpeas
  • 1 (15oz) can reduced sodium black beans
  • 3 cups fresh kale
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2-3 cups of water, chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Place all the fresh veggies in a large dutch oven and add just enough olive oil to keep them from sticking
2. Stir fry the veggies on high heat until the onions are translucent
3. Add the Italian seasoning at this point and give it a quick stir fry to release all the flavors and continued to stir fry until the veggies are caramelized.
4. Add the tomatoes with juice
5. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and black beans and add to the veggies
6. Bring to a boil (if addition liquid is needed, add some water, chicken or vegetable broth)
7. Add the kale and cook until kale is done (I love the added health benefits from the kale and kale holds up so much better than spinach in a soup.
8. Salt and pepper to taste. (I aways add more pepper and keep it light on the salt:)
9. Serve with a little Parmesan cheese on top.
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  1. Thanks for checking out my blog, I just followed you back


  2. this looks yummy! thanks to the recipe!

  3. Looks good, Evelyn. I think I am down 3 lbs now by eating carefully and better. I can look at some things and might as well just "sit" on them as that is where it would go. *smile* Enjoy your day. It is Family Day here in Canada.

  4. Evelyn, your soup is beautiful- I love all the colors! Good job taking care of yourself and your honey! :)
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

  5. amazing looking soup, i love all the veggies. from the blog hop

  6. I can't tell you how much easier I've found it to eat healthy now I have found a great fruit and veg shop - that little bit of extra options makes me so much more excited about eating healthy. Looks delicious xo

  7. Good for you! I like the tip about kale. When I use spinach in things like this, I regret it come time for the leftovers .

  8. This looks so tasty, I will definitely have to try it.

    Kate x

  9. This looks so good and follows our family's nutrition plan. I'll definitely have to give it a try!

  10. Looks delicious. And should fill that hunger spot.

  11. Found your blog through the Link-Up! LOVE your blog and this soup looks so delish!
    Following you now:D Can't wait for more posts love!



  12. That looks fabulous! My husband will love it. I'm subscribing!

  13. This is a wonderful soup!!
    I've been vegetarian since childhood, although I don't miss my sweet-treats

  14. Eveylyn, this looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe! ~Cindy,

  15. Soup is one of my favorite things! Pinned to try :)

  16. This loooks wonderful! We are trying to make healthier choices and this will be a nice option for us. Soup is so good :)

  17. This sounds... and looks... not only delicious, but healthy!! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

  18. I could eat this soup everyday!! Looks delicious! :)

  19. I'm a soup lover, esp on days like today... I've been bad - M&Ms called my name 3 times today already! And I answered!

  20. Can't wait to try this; thanks for sharing!

  21. Ooooh, yum. It's hot here, but even I could go a bowl of that :)

  22. Looks delicious! I'm always trying to find ways to add more veggies to our meals. This would be perfect since we love soup! Thank you for the recipe.

  23. I lost 35 lbs by eating veggies....I'm not good at being hungry so whenever I am, I eat veggies for snacks. Yes, I increased my physical activity too. Keep it up, you will be glad you did!

  24. Hi Evelyn,

    This soup looks hearty and delicious indeed. Good for you trying to eat healthier. It's not easy to turn that leaf, but it's also not that hard once you do!! The hardest part is just DOING it.

    You and your hubby look so cute, and what a wonderful dream. To travel by RV,,,, sounds awesome!!

    My first time at your blog, and it's wonderful. Glad I found you!!

    Pinned your yummy soup :)

    Have a wonderful day, and stop by anytime to say hello if you can.

    P.s. After coming back from an extended blogging break, I've started a 40 day challenge to get HEALTHY by my birthday. If you get a chance to check it out, I could sure use the support! Sounds like you could use some support as well. I'd be thrilled to have you join me!!

    Hugs, Bella :)
    Bella's 40 Day Challenge

  25. After coming to your blog to two different posts from two different link ups, I just had to follow you! This looks like delicious soup - love that its loaded with veggies.

  26. Ahhh -- the adventures the pursuit of good health will take us on!! But this soup makes it a tasty journey! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  27. Good for you Evelyn. I agree starving and dieting don't work. Being hungry just triggers your metabolism to slow down. When I need to loss weight I do exactly what your doing. You might want to look at this book it's what I use and it is about getting full on lower calorie high nutrition foods:

  28. What a great recipe! Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  29. This looks great! Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

  30. Looks great, I am always looking for soup recipes! I'm going to try this one out! Thank you so much for participating and sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase Party!


  31. Thanks, Evelyn! Good hearty food. Linda

  32. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner :)

  33. I'm working on being more healthy too. I've got two weddings to go to this year and have some baby (my youngest is 4) weight to lose. :) This soup looks great. Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

  34. I think I need a good dose of this soup to get me over this cold. Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. I love all the healthy vegetables in the Italian Vegetable Soup. I PINNED IT! Thank you so much for stopping by Saturday Dishes and linking up.
    Blessings and have a Wonderful Weekend,
    Diane Roark


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))