TGIF, y’all! I didn’t intend to step away this week, but — Life. Anyway… our holidays are all about crowds. I mean, we have five kids. Who all have friends, girl friends, etc. So I wanted to share a new Feed a Crowd recipe that’s been a lifesaver recently: a Whole30 compliant Beef Vegetable Soup!
This is not only healthy and delicious, but it’s FILLING! And when you’re feeding a crowd that’s key!
Here’s what you need:
- 2 lbs beef ground for chili (grass fed if you can get it, don’t worry if you can’t)
- 2 32 oz cartons Kitchen Basics unsalted beef stock
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 2 cups sliced baby portabella mushrooms
- 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
- 2 16 oz packages frozen vegetables for soup (we like the combo packages but you can choose your fave veggies instead if you like).
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp rubbed sage
- 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash original seasoning
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
Here’s what you do:
In a large stock pot, brown the beef. Drain and remove from pot. I put in on a paper towel covered plate to continue draining for a bit. In the same stock pot, add beef stock, water, onion, mushrooms, and sugar snap peas. Bring to a boil and then simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add frozen vegetables, garlic, sage, Mrs. Dash, sea salt and pepper, and the drained beef to the mix and simmer covered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with corn bread, salad, and/or grilled cheese sandwiches.
This is one of those soups that tastes even better the next day and freezes well. I usually try to make it ahead of time, or at least in the morning, so by supper time the flavors have all melded. Last weekend at the lake, I had a pot of this simmering all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We didn’t have any left over to bring home, but boy did we all enjoy it!!
This is such a busy time of year but I intended to be sharing here regularly last week. God had a different plan though, and my little school is going through much upheaval and change. If I could ask you to please pray for this situation over the holidays? Those classrooms full of little ones are such a ministry to us teachers and the families. I, for one, am working to keep my eyes on Him each day. What else is there, after all?
Wishing you all a blessed weekend of those last minute holiday preparations! I know my weekend is full, but I plan to spend some time with feet propped in front of the fire, enjoying the lights on my tree, and watching “Elf”. And smiling. Because smiling’s my favorite.
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