It’s soup weather. It’s almost Christmas. It’s crunch time.
You need to eat nutritious food and you’ve get presents to buy, decorating to do, and cookies to bake. What’s for dinner?
Here’s a recipe that’s simple, quick, and delicious. Makes about 6 servings in under an hour.
Unstuffed Pepper Soup
- 1 pound lean ground beef (organic, grass-fed, preferred)
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil, divided
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, chopped (or any color combination of bell peppers)
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 (14.5 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes (may use fire roasted)
- 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups beef bone broth (or beef broth)
- ½ tsp. dried basil
- ¼ tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 cup (or so) Cabernet Sauvignon or other red wine (optional)
- 1 cup uncooked organic white or brown rice
In a large pot, heat 1 Tbsp. avocado oil over medium heat, then add beef, salt and pepper. Brown the beef, stirring occasionally and breaking it up. Drain beef by using a slotted spoon to put it onto a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess fat. Set aside. Remove any fat from pan.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in pot and add onions and peppers. Sauté about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté about 30 seconds longer.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef bone broth, basil, oregano, wine, and cooked beef. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
While soup simmers, cook rice according to package directions. I like to cook the rice in beef bone broth for added protein and nutrition.
When soup is done, serve in individual bowls, adding desired amount of rice to each bowl. By storing the soup and rice in separate containers, and adding rice upon serving, it doesn’t get mushy when you have leftovers.
Note: If you have leftover wine from the holidays, freeze in ice cube trays and add to soups, stews, or other recipes, for added flavor.
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