Easy dinners after a long day sound nice. You’re in luck! Easy can mean healthy too. Look no further than your own Better Pantry for a yummy, inexpensive soup recipe.
A good pot of soup starts with vegetables. Chop up onions, carrots, and celery before heating them on the stove with oil for the soup’s base. Use any fresh veggies you have in the fridge or canned veggies from the pantry. A bag of mixed vegetables works great if you have some in the freezer. Remember to mix and match your veggies to include lots of colors.
Be sure you also add in a food with protein. Maybe you have leftover chicken breasts in the fridge. Chop these up into bite-sized chunks and add them in with the veggies. A can of beans is another great source of lean protein that adds a hearty touch to vegetable soup. Just be sure to drain and rinse your beans before putting them in. Draining and rinsing can cut the salt content in half!
Next, you should include a grain such as pasta or rice. When you buy pasta from the store, go for whole grain shells or brown rice. Whole grain pasta won’t get soggy when you add it to soup and it’s heart healthy!
To finish off your pot of soup, fill your pot with water or broth. Try to choose a broth low in salt to keep your dish healthy. A can of tomato sauce works too for thicker soups. All you have to do now is leave your soup on the stove to simmer until the family is ready for dinner. Choosing ingredients is truly the hardest part. Try to create fun, new recipes using what you have on hand. Now just enjoy your quick, easy soup! #BetterPantry
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