I have been meaning to share this recipe with the posse all winter, but you know how best intentions go. I call this Hearty & Healthy Meaty Veggie Soup because that describes it perfectly. For my family, especially, I don’t want to call it by the name it otherwise goes by: Fat Flush Soup. That moniker is just a little too graphic for most appetites, and the fact is this soup tastes so good that no one needs to know how good it is for you. While it is really easy to whip up when the winds starts to blow, the colorful vegetables also make it perfect for a cool spring day.

Hearty & Healthy Meaty Veggie Soup
Yields 12
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  1. 2 tsp. olive oil
  2. 1 ¼ lbs. lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
  3. 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  4. 1 large red, orange and/or green pepper, seeded and chopped
  5. 1 large zucchini or yellow squash, chopped
  6. 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  7. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  8. 1 bottle (46 oz.) reduced-sodium tomato or V-8 style juice
  9. 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  10. 1 can (14 oz.) crushed or petite diced tomatoes
  11. 1 T fresh lime juice
  12. 1 T ground cumin
  13. 1/8 t cayenne pepper, or to taste
  14. ¼ cup each fresh cilantro and parsley leaves, chopped
  15. Bag of spinach, washed
  16. Fresh Parmeggiano cheese, shaved (optional)
  1. In a dutch oven, heat oil on medium-high heat about 30 seconds. Add beef, turkey or chicken and cook until small bits are just browned, about 5 minutes. Remove meat and set aside.
  2. Drain pot, if desired, then add to pot and cook onions, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and garlic 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in next 6 ingredients and cooked meat. Cover and bring soup just to a simmer (do not let boil). Reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in cilantro, parsley and spinach. Cover and let simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with shaved Parmeggiano cheese, if desired.
  1. Soup can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator or frozen.
Adapted from Fat Flush Soup
Adapted from Fat Flush Soup
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Though winter officially has less than a month to go, we are still likely to have many cold days ahead. Keep your family toasty with this belly-warming soup. Just don’t let them know it is good for them, too.

salutationa&eFebruary 27, 2014