I took excellent care of my husband Vic when he was ill, but I sometimes falter at self-care now that I’m on my own. I felt dizzy and tired this week after driving too many hours, drinking too much wine (not while driving and, for me, anything more than one small glass is too much), not drinking enough water, and eating too much salt. My tinnitus roared. My neglected body yelled over the tinnitus, “What about me?”
I took my bout of feeling lousy as a reminder to do what I’ve done for so many years. I drank more water, ate less salt, and made myself a pot of soup. Even though I’m cooking for one, I made a full recipe, froze servings for later, and took some to my elderly mother-in-law. I often share soups with friends who are struggling and nearly always make this family favorite when my sons come home to visit.
This minestrone is fast, easy, and smells like Italy. Vic called my soups uni-bowls, a complete meal in a bowl. This one has balanced protein from brown rice and white beans and lots of vegetables. It’s warm, healthy, low in fat and salt, and high in nutrients. Make yourself a pot of soup on a cold winter’s day and inhale the caregiving love.
Add and cook 30 minute:
1 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon coarse black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
5 cups boiling water
1 can (15 ounces) Eden organic cannellini beans (Eden has bisphenol-A free packaging)
1/3 cup brown rice
Add and bring to a boil:
8-12 ounces green beans, chopped
1 quart chopped tomatoes—fresh or frozen (pictured above) or 1 box Pomi chopped tomatoes (bisphenol-A free)
Adjust seasoning and add more water or salt if desired
Add a handful of fresh chopped basil or 1-2 frozen basil-olive oil cubes (pictured)
Sprinkle with shredded Romano or Parmesan (optional)
Yields 4 quarts of soup, plenty for a family, plenty to share with friends, or plenty to freeze for busy days
I hope you enjoy some of my other vegetarian soup recipes. My recipes are popular with visitors to my website, so explore my recipes for easy-to-prepare and wholesome vegetarian food. Speaking of care-giving, I have been recognized by caring.com as one of 18 Great Caregiver Stories on the Web. I am honored and also inspired to turn my caregiving energy to myself as well as others.