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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
 
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Heart healthy soups are warming and nutritional addition to winter meals. An excellent way to meet protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals requirements.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, small chop
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, small chop
  • ¼ cup celery, ½ inch slices
  • ¼ cup carrot, ½ inch slicesl
  • 1-2 cups cooked white potato, chopped ½ 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
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • ⅔ cups of water or more for thinner soup
  • 1½ cup frozen spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare the white/navy beans or use canned beans.
  2. Cook the white potato, chop
  3. Chop the vegetables, onion garlic, pepper celery, carrot, ginger.
  4. Heat oil in large Dutch Oven or kettle.
  5. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
  6. Cook until onion in tender.
  7. Pour in the beans.
  8. Add tomatoes and juice.
  9. Add potatoes.
  10. Add ginger and seasonings.
  11. Pour in broth and water.
  12. Add the frozen spinach.
  13. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  14. 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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Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

 

 Gourmet Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

My first “gourmet salad”, Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad, big time and new idea in 1978.  Bon Appétit was probably the originator of this recipe.  At that time mixing fresh mushrooms and oranges in salad was being original.  How times have changed!  No longer do we expect  the same foods being served together.  An example:  meat loaf made with ground beef, served with white mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans with iceberg lettuce salad. Consider a new take on the same menu:  meat loaf made with ground turkey, risotto , Brussels sprouts with pearl onions and sesame seeds and pear salad.

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Diversity of our neighborhoods and communities have made diversity in the foods we eat and have available at our grocers and Farmer’s Market.  In my city  there are multiple Asian and Hispanic grocery stores  in addition to the chain and big box stores that offer a variety of foods to meet the needs of most nationalities and for those just wanting to learn new recipes and tastes to broaden our understanding of flavors, cooking, and even cultures.

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad
 
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A easy mixed fresh spinach-romaine lettuce salad with mushrooms, oranges, bacon and nuts.
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Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cups fresh romaine leaves and hearts, torn into bite size
  • ½ cup fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1-2 navel oranges
  • ¼ cup toasted whole almonds
  • Seasoned Vinaigrette Dressing
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry spinach and romaine leaves and hearts.
  2. Slice the mushrooms
  3. Fry the bacon crisp and drain on toweling paper. Break bacon into small pieces.
  4. Cut off the peel and white pith on the navel oranges, cut in ½ inch slices and quarter.
  5. Toast the almonds, allow to cool.
  6. Assemble the greens into a large bowl.
  7. Add some of the vinaigrette and mix greens.
  8. Add mushrooms, bacon, oranges and almonds.
  9. Mix more vinaigrette or have available for serving.
Notes
Sliced red onions and/or feta cheese are also additions to be added to this salad.
Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings
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.

This recipe is not exotic nor in 2015 is it very ”gourmet” or different.  It is a salad that is great in the winter time with the oranges and the current fad of bacon on everything.  This is just a reminder of ingredients with a different mix,  ago-to recipe to add to your collection. Enjoy.

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