Vegetable Melange Soup

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Vegetable Melange Soup1
A few days ago, I sampled a wonderful soup at my friends Tamara and Nicholas' house.  It was absolutely delicious and a perfect rainy day treat.

This is my version of Nicholas' soup.  It's quick, easy, delicious, and incredibly healthy!  Like many kids, my boys don't love foods that they don't like the look of.  So while I think this soup is gorgeous, they had their required taste and moved on.  My parents, husband, and I loved it!

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil to coat the pan
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups peeled, thinly sliced carrots (about 2 large carrots)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced zucchini (about 4 medium zucchini)
  • 2 cups packed spinach leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos

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Preparation:

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Add the olive oil, onion, and garlic to a large soup pot. Cook over medium heat to soften the onion, about 4 minutes.  Add the carrots, zucchini, spinach, water, and soy sauce or Liquid Aminos. 

Vegetable Melange Soup3Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low.  Simmer the soup, covered, until all the vegetables are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Puree the soup with a standing or hand blender until smooth.  

Some additional notes:

Liquid Aminos are a liquid protein concentrate derived from healthy soybeans that contain tons of Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids in naturally occurring amounts.  Amino acids form the proteins that in turn form muscle tissue and increase fat metabolism.  Without amino acids, all cellular development, respiration, or renewal would cease. I recommend Bragg Liquid Aminos — which is really tasty, and it's a fantastic alternative to soy sauce. It's available at Whole Foods.