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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Simple, Sunday Meals - Salad and Soup

A simple, healthy meal put together under 30 minutes on a lazy, cloudy weekend.

A Colorful & Healthy Veggie Salad:



M happens to be the official salad maker at home. He & the little one get to choose the ingredients though the latter would be going gaga over olives. This time they together put this simple, healthy and colorful salad. Shredded lettuce, peeled & sliced carrot bits,  tomato slices, seedless cucumber slices, olives, dill pickle, banana pepper rings and bread croutons went to it with a basic dressing of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and salt.

Navybean - Veggie Soup

And I get to be the soup maker. I don't follow any rules while preparing soups and just go with my instincts and the ingredients I have on hand. Soups are very forgiving and hard to mess up. Play with whatever you have in the kitchen and you would end up with nourishing and soothing stuff in your bowl.
Today, we had this yummy soup to go with that salad.

 

Ingredients for 3 servings:
Navy beans - 1/4 cup, cooked to fall apart stage
Tomato, onion, carrot - 1 each
Chopped spinach - a handful
Tomato Sauce - about 1/4 cup / 5 oz
Vegetable stock / Water / vegetable bouillon
Garlic powder or garlic
Salt & pepper to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Italian seasoning (optional / any substitute)

Guidelines for soup preparation:
Chop fine - onion, tomato and peeled carrot.
Heat oil in a pan and add onion (& garlic if using). Fry for a couple of minutes till it softens and then add tomato, carrot and spinach. Add sufficient vegetable stock/water and cook till the vegetables are done. (I added a bouillon cube when the water was boiling.) Then add the cooked beans along with the water and simmer for 5 minutes more.
To the veggie - bean mixture, went in the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder & Italian seasoning. Add a little water if the soup needs to be thinner.
Check the taste and adjust the seasoning ingredients.
Simmer for about 10 minutes more.
Turn off the stove and serve piping hot.

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17 comments:

Kalai said...

wow..healthy and lovely salad and soup..looks very tempting!

Yummy Team said...

wow! Awesome clicks! They both look colorful, healthy n delicious! Great recipes!

Sonia said...

Lovely combo of salad n soup! Looks very nice. The salad pic is very beautiful. :)

N S said...

Healthy and delicious recipes. The colors are refreshing.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Healthy salad and soup. Loved the color of both the dishes.

Supriya Nair said...

What a lovely combination...love the color of the salad...drooling at the soup...

Priya said...

Omg, wat a nutritious and filling soup and salad, really catchy..

notyet100 said...

lovely clicks,..

harini-jaya said...

super combo soup and salad!! gr8 picture quality too..yummmm

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Soup looks super yummy, a must try.

Leena said...

very healthy salad and soup gr8t combo...thanks for sharing...

simply.food said...

Beautiful and vibrant.Both dishes look delicious.

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Perfect healthy meal :) Feast for our eyes too :)

DEESHA said...

nice healthy lunch

Panchpakwan said...

Wow such a healthy and colorful meal.

Deepa said...

hey the salad looks so tasty..love the bean recipe too..great clicks..

I must say I enjoyed checking the round up for the jihva event..now we have so many options for breakfast..too good.

RV said...

The salad looks very colorful and delicious and so is the soup.