It’s not even the new year yet but I’m already feeling the need for health food after this past week. Seroiusly, it would be embarrasing to list every single thing we consumed over the past week, but to list a few:
I’ll stop there, but you get the idea 🙂 We had so much comfort food, and of course tons of sweets, and I’m SO ready for some lighter eats around here.
It’s also been raining like crazy the past few days. Our basement had some flooding–not fun, but we got it cleaned up. It was a good excuse to stay inside and relax most of the weekend. This healthy Vegetable Tortellini Soup totally hit the spot on a rainy, cold night. You can definitely play around with it and add what veggies you have on hand. I like to have my freezer stocked with frozen peas, beans, broccoli and corn, pretty much at all times. But you can also use fresh veggies, instead of frozen. I didn’t want to over-do it on the spices, so make sure to taste test it before serving and add some more spices if you’d like.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 of a yellow onion chopped
- 2 celery ribs chopped
- 1-2 carrots peeled and chopped
- 1/2 of a zucchini sliced into rounds and then chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 14.5 oz cans low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas
- 3/4 cups frozen or fresh green beans
- 8 oz refrigerated cheese tortellini
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese for topping, optional
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrots and zucchini and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, parsley, thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low boil.
Add green beans, corn and peas and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add tortellini and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they float to the top. Taste at this point and add a little more thyme, parsley or salt and pepper, to taste, if needed. Remove bay leaf. Serve warm with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, if desired.
Some other healthier dinners you may like: