Spring Vegetable Soup
Spring Vegetable Soup
Olive oil is a healthy fat that contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Using it regularly may benefit your heart, bone, and digestive health and help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
The fiber in carrots can help keep blood sugar levels under control. And they're loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, which there's evidence to suggest can lower your diabetes risk. Carrots have calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health.
Benefits of eating Leeks include protect your heart's health, increases the strength of your immune system, vital for the health of nervous system, improves your vision, reduces the risk of cataracts, plus much more
Celery contains vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, but there are at least 12 additional kinds of antioxidant nutrients found in a single stalk
Garlic has been shown to exert cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering actions,” says Bakko. This leads to overall protection for your heart, including reduced cholesterol and lowered blood pressure.
Potatoes are a good source of fiber, which can help you lose weight by keeping you full longer. Fiber can help prevent heart disease by keeping cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check.
Peas are a good source of vitamins C and E, zinc, and other antioxidants that strengthen your immune system. Other nutrients, such as vitamins A and B and coumestrol, help reduce inflammation and lower your risk of chronic conditions.
This giant veggie is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables -- high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C. A 5-ounce serving provides 60% of the RDA for folic acid and is low in calories.
Green beans are high in vitamin K, and they also contain a decent amount of calcium. These nutrients are important for maintaining strong, healthy bones and reducing your risk of fractures.
Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It's also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Basil isn't simply for internal use. When basil's oils are extracted to make an essential oil, it is used for treating cuts, wounds, and skin infections.
Parmesan cheese is a good source of protein and fat. It's rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin A, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
1 large leek, trimmed and diced (about 2 cups)
1 celery stalk, diced (about 2/3 cup)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons BlenditUp Italian Seasoning
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups unsalted chicken stock
2 small yukon gold potatoes, sliced
1 cup green peas
2 cups of asparagus stalks (cut roughly in 2-3 inches)
1 cup green beans
¼ cup torn fresh basil
½ ounce Parmesan cheese shaved
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add carrots, leek, and celery; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, and garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add stock; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add potatoes; reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 8 minutes or until potatoes start to soften.
Add peas, asparagus, and beans; simmer 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add Italian seasoning, thyme, and basil; cook for 1 minute. Ladle soup into bowls; top evenly with cheese.