Wednesday, March 5, 2008

veggie soup

i've been craving veggie soup and came up with this hearty version this weekend:

veggie soup

2 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion
2 stalks celery
2 handfuls of baby carrots
18 cups vegetable stock
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 package frozen spinach
1 lb shelled edamame
1 tbs basil
1 tbs oregano
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 package harvest grains blend from trader joe's

dice onion, carrots and celery and saute in olive oil until softened in large stock pot. add all remaining ingredients except harvest grains and simmer for 40 minutes. add harvest grains and simmer for at least 20 more minutes.

i really like the edamame in this soup. they retain their texture and add a great boost of nutrients. the harvest grains from trader joe's consist of israeli couscous, yellow lentils, orzo and quinoa. any other healthy grain, like barley for example, would do for substitution.


~j. said...


Question: Why canned tomatoes & frozen spinach, rather than fresh? Any specific reason?

Also, I can only get TJ's when I'm in California or Washington. *sigh* They will never come to Utah. But I've got connections. I'll put that Harvest Grains Blend in my next order.

heather said...

canned tomatoes because fresh tomatoes are out of season and they are so easy. for soup i like frozen spinach because the stalks are softer when cooked.
anytime you need trader joes, i'd be happy to ship it to you!