Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thick Italian Vegetable Soup


This thick, hearty italian vegetable soup is a delicious way to warm up on a chilly fall afternoon.  It's very simple and must simmer for a while, so this is a great soup for raking leaves, shoveling snow, doing last yard cleanups, etc.  How, you ask?  Well, you prep the soup, leave it over low for an hour (or more-- the longer, the better), do your chores, and when you come in to warm up it's waiting for you-- unlike the cat.  I love the colors that the summer squash adds to this soup-- the yellows from the squash, when mixed with the orange of the carrots and red from the bell peppers make this soup wonderfully colorful to match the leaves scattered across the yard.

4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot,chopped length-wise
4 celery sticks, sliced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 small squash, diced
1 cup kale, chopped (about 3-4 pieces)
1 cup green beans
2 tbsp basil dried
2 tbsp oregano dried
2 tsp parsley dried
4 cups vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can peeled and diced tomatoes, with juice
1/3 cup tvp (still dry)
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

Place large saucepan over medium heat.

Sauté garlic, onions, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and green beans for five minutes.

Stir in herbs and peeled and diced tomatoes, with juice and allow to cook for another minute.

Add broth, squash, kale and zucchini.

Bring to a boil, cover, add tvp, and simmer for one hour.

Caloric Info
Servings 8
Total Fat: 4.8 grams
Sat Fat: 0.6 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 2.2 grams
Monosat. Fat: 1.6 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 656.3 mg
Potassium: 490.4 mg
Carbs: 15.1 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4.6 grams
Sugar: 5.1 grams
Protein: 9.8 grams

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