Healthy New Year Soup

I am swapping the sugary sweet holiday baked goods in for some veggie packed recipes.  Well, at least one veggie packed recipe.  I woke up January 1st with a craving for breakfast.  I whipped up a batch of these Banana Flax Pancakes.




I forget how easy and satisfying these guys are!




The BOY and I spent my last day of winter vacation laying low, and watching some college football.  Despite finishing my antibiotic, I am still nowhere near 100%.  This definitely frustrates me (who wants to be sick for over a week?), and I just don’t have my usual energy levels.  So I took advantage of my last day home finishing my third book this break, Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong (which in my opinion is her best book to date!) and cooking up some food for the week ahead.




We did make one trip out of the house to the grocery store to stock up on some fresh produce for the week.  Since my soup pot was out and clean after NYE dinner, I figured some veggie soup was in order.  I haven’t made a plain veggie soup in some time.  Mostly, because my Mom makes some wonderful soups and is always happy to supply me with her leftovers.




I know that I have commented before on my huge soup pot.  It was a gift to me along with some lessons in soup making when my Mom and our friend Beth came to visit me in Memphis a little over 5 years ago.




Beth makes some wonderful soups, and it was with her in mind that I picked up some cabbage along with all my other veggies for this Healthy New Year Soup.




I think once you’ve made a few veggie soups, you get a feel for what veggies to add, when to add them, and what spices work best.  Needless to say, I ‘m not there yet!




So I just sorta winged it, chopping up veggies and sprinkling in spices to create this veggie packed soup.  The outcome was a thick and hearty soup guaranteed to keep you warm in a winter chill and help you get started with your healthy new year.  However, this doesn’t make it easy to write out a recipe.  I’m not quite positive what I did, if it is typical of making soup, but I know the results worked.  I will do my best to share the recipe but feel free to add in any thoughts or suggestions (I mean you Beth!)




This soup freezes well, so I know that I am well stocked with healthy options for the next few weeks (unless you want some soup and in which case I am happy to share).  Sadly, I downed tonight’s dinner without getting a better photo of my colorful concoction.  What can I say…after my first day back at work, I was starving when I walked in the door. 


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So I overcompensated by taking plenty of pictures of tomorrow’s lunch!  I must say that it was tough to get up today.  When my alarm went off at 6am, I had NO idea what the noise was (I hadn’t heard it in 2 weeks).  Even my car seemed a little perturbed to be up and at ‘em before the sun.  But it was nice to be back at work catching up with my friends after the break.  This means that my posts might be a little less frequent as I adjust to the work/life balance and for right now I am done writing because I started book number four, Eat & Run (Thanks Brittany for the suggestion), and I am eager to get back to it.



Healthy New Year Soup



1 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

10 stalks of celery, chopped

1 package of mushrooms, chopped

1 head of cabbage, chopped

6 carrots, pealed and chopped

4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

6 cups of water

1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained

Sea Salt (to taste)

Seasonings (I used a mix of basil, garlic, and a veggie mix)

1 bag frozen green beans

1 bag frozen zucchini (fresh if you can find it, but it didn’t look good)


Optional: Add your favorite seasonal veggies and sub in frozen as needed!  Other ideas include okra, corn, peppers, beans, etc.




Spray the bottom of a large soup pot with cooking spray and heat over medium heat.  Add in onion and garlic.  Stir until soft and fragrant (about 5 minutes or so).  Add in celery, mushrooms, and cabbage.

Stir often as flavors begin to blend and veggies soften (another 7-8 minutes).

Add in veggie broth, water, spices, and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil (this takes time with a huge pot).

Add in frozen veggies (whatever you want, but I chose beans and zucchini…okra is good too!) and simmer for 2-3 hours.

Freeze in air tight containers and you’ll be set for the winter!



What healthy recipes are you staring the year with?

22 thoughts on “Healthy New Year Soup

  1. I have not made any soup yet this winter…..and reading this blog has given me the impetus to make some! Yours looked really great! I remember the fun time in Memphis with you and your mom! Loads of laughs and a “little” wine.

    • Yes…good times in Memphis with soup AND wine. My first batch of veggie soup turned out wonderful. I can’t wait to make some more. Hope your weekend soup turns out great adn I can’t wait for another lesson!

  2. That looks delicious! I need to make more soups (I have only ever made one–a butternut squash and bacon soup). Maybe that will be my weekend project! 🙂

  3. Love healthy soup like that! I really hope you’re feeling better super soon 🙂 Being sick is the worst. Try eating some garlic and oranges – they tend to help! I just finished Where We Belong too. It was good, but not my favorite book. I started Gone Girl and am already dying to know what happens.

    • You will never guess what happens, but I won’t share any more than that! I’m interested to see how they do the movie. I heard Reece Witherspoon is staring in it!

      Thanks for the tip. I have been eating oranges but not garlic although there is a lot of garlic in my soup!

  4. A hearty steamy bowl of soup hits the spot on a cold day, doesn’t it?! I, too, am LOVING veggies right now! They taste so good after a couple weeks of indulgence!

    • Yes, it makes coming ‘back’ to them much easier! I’m hoping to find some time this weekend to search through my cookbooks for some more tasty (and healthy) ways to start the year!

  5. I need a hot bowl of veggie packed soup like this – it’s been SO chilly here lately and my apartment is always on the cold side. I would welcome this with open arms! hope you are feeling better!

    • Thanks Sally! I am making it through my week but being back at work has been tough since I’m not 100%. It’s not terribly cold here but the soup has definitely been helping keep me warm.

  6. Yummy! My brother makes soup like this, calls it “Mustgo Soup”. Anything in the crisper that is about to become compost , well…goes in the soup. Mustgo soup is the best, often hard to duplicate though!

    • I love it! What a great name for soup…it’s like when I make pantry cookies and throw whatever I have in the pantry into the cookies. Although your soup sounds much healthier. I’ll have to get more creative in my next batch searching through my fridge : )

  7. […] I really haven’t done much activity the past few weeks, so I had to remind myself a few times during the intense class that it is okay to hold back and rest.  But I LOVED getting back into my weekly workout routine, and it was even more special to have my Mom yoga-ing right next to me.  After class, I tried to convince her to come to Whole Foods with me, but she was headed another direction in search of veggies for her own Healthy New Year Soup. […]

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