I've enjoyed the last few days of sunshine and blue skies, long overdue! SAD syndrome really is a thing and I think affects all of us to a certain degree. Anyway I've been out and about enjoying some exercise and fresh air and I feel the better for it, though I think my Vitamin D levels still need a wee week of proper sunshine to return to optimum levels! I'm working on that with hopefully a sunshine break at Easter!!
There is nothing nicer than a big bowl of warming, nourishing soup after a long walk and this is one of the most filling and delicious soups in my repertoire, and a big family favourite on a cold day!
I adapted this recipe from Italian minestrone so it has the same base flavours of tomato, onion and garlic. I decided to replace the white pasta with much healthier brown rice which makes the soup gluten free and the addition of some beans adds fibre, protein and minerals and really makes this a complete meal in a bowl!
You can add whatever veggies you have to ring the changes but peppers, green beans, carrots, leeks, courgettes, frozen peas and finely shredded greens of some sort all work really well and add loads of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, strengthening literally every body system.
So without further ado, here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it....!
ITALIAN RICE AND BEAN SOUP
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