Nourishing others with yummy healthy food is my happy place. Working hard with my hands to provide goodness that I know is healing in some way, brings me such abundant peace and joy. As I slowly prepped and cooked this food today, I kept feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for the ingredients in my hands; Abba is so good. Man can not live on bread alone (though some of us would like to live on bread), and I thought how the joy I find nourishing my husband and family with this food is nothing compared to how The Lord fills the places inside our hearts. He nourishes and satisfies those who seek Him with the sustenance that is unparalleled anywhere else. I think of how much of my life I spent chasing "happy" or trying to feed my hunger and thirst with emptiness. It's like comparing this gorgeous slow cooked healing food to a .99 cent fast food burger. When we fill ourselves with the empty things that we think will fill us, we always come up hungry a short while later. Let the Lord fill you today. Be in His presence. Find gratitude in the small things... and ENJOY THIS SOUP!
MINESTRONE SOUP RECIPE:
Ingredient amounts vary based on your hungry mouths to feed :)
NOTE: My way of cooking this is VERY slow because I use dried beans, make my own stock, and prefer the taste when it's slow cooked. You can absolutely make this much much quicker. It can take 1hr to 5 hrs depending on what you do.
1-2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 white onion chopped
4 stalks chopped celery
2 cups chopped (or shredded) carrots
Dried Herbs (Italian seasonings - dried oregano, thyme, basil)
Black Pepper, Himalayan Salt
Kidney Beans (I used dried 1.5 cups)
14 oz diced tomatoes with juice
Vegetable broth (4 cups If you buy it - I make mine as I'm creating the soup)
1/2 cup chopped Zucchini
Diced green beans
1/2 cup shell, small penne or elbow pasta (I used a lentil gluten free pasta)