Secret to dropping a few pounds

Whenever I need to get that scale going back in the right direction I crowd in as many veggies as I can into my day!   When I crowd in the good stuff the bad stuff doesn’t have enough room to fit! 

My secret weapon is SOUP!   Yup, I make up a big batch of vegetable laden soup and eat that for lunch or dinner for a few days and those pounds melt off.    Soup is easy to make, fills you up and if you chose the right ingredients is VERY HEALTHY.

There are lots of recipes online.   Look for ones with at least 3 different vegetables and a clear broth – stay away from the creamy soups.     Here is my favorite and the best part is this recipe can be modified to add whatever you like

Chock Full o’ Veggies Soup– serves about 8


  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Use as many of these veggies as you like or add ones I’ve missed – the more veggies the better

  • 2-3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2-3 carrots, dices
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1-2 cups mushrooms (if you like them)
  • 1 bag frozen green beans
  • 1/2 bag frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or I use an Italian Blend)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (optional if tomatoes don’t agree with you!)
  • 6-8 cups chicken or vegetable stock (enough to cover your veggies plus some)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the celery and carrot and any other veggies you have in the fridge (clean out that fridge) cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes, add your spices here.

Add the tomatoes and the chicken broth to the pot and heat, then add your frozen veggies and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes.

Optional Ingredients:

1 can of kidney beans – rinsed

1 cup whole grain pasta – add to the soup prior to eating and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Meatballs or grilled chicken add a protein punch

You could also blend this up for a nice creamy texture.

To serve just ladle into bowls and top with the Parmesan and chopped basil, or cilantro or parsley    A nice piece of whole grain bread might also be good.    Watch out for the overly processed croutons.


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