Easy Vegetable Soup

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Ingredients (4 serves):

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 large onion (chopped)

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)

  • 2 carrots (sliced and peeled)

  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (chopped, try cauliflower, zucchini, or green beans)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 can of tomatoes


Method

  1. Heat oil in a large soup or stock pot. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped celery, and sliced carrots. Sauté, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes, until onions are soft but do not let them brown.

  2. Add your choice of mixed chopped vegetables and heat for 1 to 2 minutes more. Do not let them brown.

  3. Add salt, garlic powder, thyme, and oregano stirring to coat the vegetables well.

  4. Add bay leaf, vegetable broth and undrained tomatoes. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat, and simmer until the vegetables are tender - about 8 to 12 minutes.

  5. Season to taste and garnish with parsley.

** For males or physically active females, add an additional 250g pumpkin.