The soup is my version of "Vegetarian Vegetable".. you know, the soup in the can.... I usually use alphabet pasta, but my store was out of it, so I used plain soup pasta.
The recipe is simple:
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp rosemary, dried and crushed
1/2 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 lb frozen mixed vegetables
3-4 red potatoes, diced
3 oz tomato paste
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
2 bouillon cubes
1 tbsp dried parsley
4-8 oz dried small pasta, alphabet pasta
2 quarts water at least, more if needed..
-In a 4 qt soup pan, heat oil, garlic, onion and spices...over med heat, until you can smell them. Add frozen veg, potatoes and tomato paste... along with the garlic and onion powder, bouillon and water. Bring to a boil. Boil for several minutes... then turn heat down and cover; then simmer for 20 minutes. At this point, add the vinegar, parsley and pasta and more water if necessary. Simmer for 15 minutes, then cover and let sit for 20 more minutes. Add salt/pepper as needed.
The sandwich was sprouted grain bread with garbonzo bean "tuna"... I used my low fat ranch dressing in place of vegenaise.. and topped it off with 1/4 avocado....
Now that I am watching my weight, I am aware that I would have been more than satisfied with 1 sandwich half... I must eat when I'm hungry and stop before I'm full.
words to live by.