To start the year off right, I made a trip to Whole Foods to get some healthy food. I decided I wanted to make a vegetable soup that incorporates the traditional New Years Day food.
I got all kind of different organic vegetables for the soup. I got parsnips, eggplant, kale, tomatoes, corn, red peppers, and onions. I also picked up some black eyed peas and chick peas for some fiber and protein in the soup. I got two andouille sausages from the butcher counter to start the soup with tons a flavor and some fat. I used the fat of the sausages to saute all of the vegetables for the soups. I added a little bit of tomato sauce and a lot of beef stock to give the soup the right consistency. I moved everything from the pot into a slow cooker and cooked it for a few hours. Toward the end of the cooking process, I added the chick peas and the black eyed peas along with some cooked orzo.
The soup was delicious! It was also really packed with the vitamins, protein and fiber that I am looking to add to my diet. It was a really flavorful soup that was also very low in fat, sodium, and "bad carbs."
I good start to a healthier lifestyle.