Health Bites: Vegetable Soup

February 8, 2016

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Vegetable Soup 
Quick and hearty, this recipe can easily be doubled to make 12 servings. Perfect any time of year.
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, pressed or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot, diced
1 medium potato, diced
3 cups water
2 bouillon cubes
14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
½ cup frozen edamame (green soybeans) or cooked lima beans
½ cup canned kidney beans
½ cup frozen corn
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1½ onion powder
salt to taste

1.     In a large pot, sauté onion, garlic and celery in olive oil* until tender. 

2.     Add diced carrot and 1 cup of the water and bring to a boil.

3.     Add all remaining ingredients including the 2 remaining cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

*Oil may be omitted and substituted with 3 tablespoons water.