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White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

Snow Days  are good days for hearty soups to warm you

such as  White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach  Vegetable Soup  is a good  to have on hand in the freezer or a full pint jar setting in the refrigerator with soup ready to heat for a lunch.

I like to have soup available for quick lunches, so when I make soup, I make 8 cups from the recipe.  It is usually very thick with vegetables or the main ingredients. Because it is extra thick, I will add extra 99% fat free natural chicken broth when I reheat 2 cups of White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup.

Home cooked White/Navy Beans

Home cooked White/Navy Beans

Preserving the extra soup

The pictures of the white beans illustrate my home cook and canning. After the kettle of soup has cooked, I put the White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup into clean pint jars, seal, let cool to room temperature and set the jars in my refrigerator.  It helps to have an extra refrigerator on hand. These jars of soups are usually used in 2 weeks or less. If frozen in freezer bags or plastic freezer containers,  the soups could be kept longer.

Benefits of eating White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

The choice of vegetables can vary with your likes or preferences.  This is an excellent way to meet the dietary requirements of 5-13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day.  Although fruit does not go in the soup, you have snacks and dessert with your meal.  The beans provide fiber and protein, carrots provide vitamin A, peppers contain vitamin C, potatoes are high in potassium and spinach if rich in folate.

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

White Bean-Spinach Vegetable Soup

Heart healthy soups are warming and nutritional addition to winter meals. An excellent way to meet protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals requirements.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion small chop
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper small chop
  • 1/4 cup celery 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup carrot 1/2 inch slicesl
  • 1-2 cups cooked white potato chopped 1/2 inch
  • 2 cups cooked white navy beans drained or 16 ounce can of white beans, drained
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2/3 cups of water or more for thinner soup
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the white/navy beans or use canned beans.
  • Cook the white potato, chop
  • Chop the vegetables, onion garlic, pepper celery, carrot, ginger.
  • Heat oil in large Dutch Oven or kettle.
  • Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
  • Cook until onion in tender.
  • Pour in the beans.
  • Add tomatoes and juice.
  • Add potatoes.
  • Add ginger and seasonings.
  • Pour in broth and water.
  • Add the frozen spinach.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  • Cook until thoroughly heated.

Notes

Recipe inspired from Hoosier Farmer, January-February 1998. Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice®  bring you great recipes for your cooking experience.©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery.  cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® .All rights reserved.

 

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How-To: Roasting Red Bell Peppers

Red Bell Pepper

Red Bell Pepper or Capsicum annuum

Ah, the stately red bell pepper!  8 years ago I discovered the art of roasting red bell peppers. Now they can usually be found in my freezer ready for use.  While they make a good side dish, baked and seasoned with  garlic, onion, oregano, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, roasted red bell peppers are good additions to many dishes along with garlic, onion, carrot and celery.  Since it has been roasted, it can be added to soups, salads, meat entrees, casseroles and vegetables later in cooking.  Oh yes, don’t forget putting it on pizzas.

Roasted Red Bell Peppers

Roasted Red Bell Peppers as a side dish

Sweet Bell Pepper History

These are not to be confused with chili peppers.  The sweet bell peppers come in multiple colors from green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown and black.  The green and purple bell peppers are slightly bitter, None of the bell peppers are hot due to smaller amounts of capsaicin in them. All can be used to stuff and bake.  When cut in half or cutting the tops off, they do make great little cups to stuff.

South and Central Americas were first known to have cultivated the bell peppers about 9000 years ago.  Now they are raised throughout the world and used in many cuisines. In 2007, China was the largest producer commercially of the bell pepper.  Florida and California are the largest commercial producing states in the U.S.  New Mexico is the leader in the U.S. of commercially producing chili peppers.

Selection and Storage

Whether you buy your peppers in the grocery, open-air market or farmer’s market, select peppers which are firm, with green stems and heavy.  Choose those free of  blemishes, soft spots or dark areas.  Not all green bell peppers turn red and some peppers never start out green.  Just be sure the colors are deep and vivid and heavy for their size.

Storage of bell peppers will keep 7-10 days in the refrigerator’s vegetable compartment.  It is best not to cut the stem off prior to storage, although sometimes they are sold without the longer stem. To prevent moisture loss in the refrigerator storage, it is best to put a damp towel or towelling in the vegetable compartment to keep their moisture.  Bell peppers can be frozen without blanching, whole for stuffing or in pieces for adding to foods.

Healthy Benefits of  Sweet Bell Peppers

Sweet bell peppers are an excellent source of nutrients rich in an antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties necessary to reduce the risk of chronic health disorders such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  The vivid bright colors of red, orange and yellow are carotenoids which are the precursor to vitamin A. Remember being told to eat your carrots to help your eyes, yes vitamin A.  Sweet bell peppers are excellent sources of  vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B 6.  They are also very good source of fiber, vitamin E, K B 2, B 3 and potassium; they are low in fat.

Try roasting your sweet bell peppers, red, orange, yellow or even purple.  They do add color to foods.  Doing so is worth the time and effort and are not packed in oil.  Besides that you get your vitamin A.  Enjoy!

See my recipes:    Red Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans and Rice and                                           Summer Time Coleslaw.

Informational Resource:  The World’s Healthiest Foods, www.whfoods.org.

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