#OctoberOverhaul #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge Over 50s Lifestyle Recipes

Nourishing Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup

October 6, 2021

Mike and I have been down with bad coughs and colds on and off for the last 4 weeks. We’ve both had a couple of COVID tests which came back negative. For both of us it is a combination of our immune systems being compromised by stress and in addition my six months of training for my recently completed Marathon.

Although it is nearing the end of Spring for us here in Australia and Queensland usually has mild winters, the weather has been quite cool so a healthy slow cooked vegetable soup was just the thing to nourish our bodies and bring comfort. The recipe also fits with My October Overhaul of eating healthier, as well as decluttering my life of what drains my joy and energy.

I’m a Rustic Cook which means you won’t see precisely diced vegetables but I can tell you this soup was delicious and made enough for 4 generous serves. You could also add some crusty bread to make it a delicious lunch or dinner.

The recipe is simple and I also added some spices for their health benefits as well as their flavour such as:

Tumeric – which is good for reducing inflammation, balancing cholesterol, promotes good heart health and is good for the joints. There are many other benefits which you can read about HERE. I also love the colour which certainly brightens up any dish.

Garlic – like Tumeric, garlic also has health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, promoting heart health, reducing inflammation and is good for colds and flu. You can find more benefits HERE.

Chilli – like your flavours spicy?? I know my husband does. Chilli can improve disgestion and metabolic rate, fights fungal infections, colds and flu because it contains Vitamins A & C which maintain the respiratory system and helps build the immune system. Need more benefits? Just click HERE

Ginger – high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. aids chronic indigestion, is good for heart health and may help with osteoarthritis. It is also good for nausea. Read about more benefits HERE

Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup with Tumeric, Garlic, Chilli and Ginger.

Nourishing Vegetable Soup

Ingredients: (you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand)

2 carrots
2 zuchinni
1 large onion
2 spring onions
2 sticks celery
1 tin diced tomatoes
1/2 cup red lentils
1 cup small pasta such as macaroni, or shells
1 tin of cannellini beans
1 teaspoon each tumeric, garlic, chilli and ginger – or according to your taste
2 cups of water or enough cover vegetables

Directions:

Dice vegetables, I like mine chunky but you can finely dice them if you wish.
Add to slow cooker or heavy based pot if using the stove
Add lentils and spices
Add tinned tomatoes
Cover with water
Turn slow cook to LOW and cook for 5-6 hours until vegetables are soft but not soggy. About 1 – 1.5 hours before completion add the pasta. I added mine a little too early so it was softer than the usual ‘al dente’ that I make.

If using the stove top. Bring to boil and then simmer gently until vegetables are soft but not soggy.

Note: Overcooking vegetables depletes them of their nutritional value so make sure you check them earlier rather than later.

This recipe would serve 4 so we had enough for lunch the next day.

Buon Appetitto!

I’m joining the lovely Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb from The Widow Badass for this month’s #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge. Be sure to pop over and see what they are serving up. I know Donna is serving Mini Cheesecakes (yum)

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12 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 6, 2021 at 17:17

    I really like the sound of this soup Sue and I love things I can put into the slow cooker and just leave! I’ll definitely be trying this out. Thanks for the helpful info too on the spices and how they can help our systems. Hope you both get back on track soon.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2021 at 13:56

      It is very tasty, Deb and just what we both needed when we weren’t feeling too well. I love my slow cooker – set and forget! x

  • Reply The Widow Badass October 7, 2021 at 00:19

    Oh my! Definitely adding this recipe to my winter arsenal of delicious soups! Thanks for sharing, Sue 💕

    Deb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2021 at 13:57

      Hi Deb, I just read your post and we are on the same wavelength this month. xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 7, 2021 at 02:54

    Hi, Sue – What an awesome recipe. And I just happen to have all ingredients on hand. I will make this today and let you know how it goes! Thank you for being a regular contributor to WOYP. It is GREATLY appreciated.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2021 at 13:58

      Hi Donna, it is really easy and I love using the slow cooker as you can just set and forget. Thanks for the great idea you and Deb came up with. I love thinking about what to contribute each month to WOYP. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 7, 2021 at 06:53

    I want this now! I’ve never made a soup in the slow cooker (no idea why…) but will be trying this one.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2021 at 13:58

      It is so easy but the spices really gave it a kick! x

  • Reply Toni Pike October 7, 2021 at 11:00

    Delicious, Sue – thanks for these. I hope you feel better soon. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2021 at 13:50

      Thanks Toni, we are both on the mend thank goodness. x

  • Reply Ju-Lyn Tan October 9, 2021 at 13:06

    A beautiful & hearty soup!
    Hope you feel better soon and knock the cough & sniffles out. Time for recovery now that your marathon is done. Unless you are training for your next race?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2021 at 13:48

      Thank you Ju-Lyn, the soup is delicious. Thankfully I’ve recovered and my husband is almost 100% too but it was certainly frustrating for the last six weeks. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by xx

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