Soul Searing Vegetable Soup


I’ve publicly declared I’m not a soup person. To me, soup just doesn’t qualify as a meal. My meals have to have some chew. A meal can’t be called a meal and also be able to be slurped in its entirety!

Sure, soups can be filling, but that usually just lasts a little while. It just doesn’t last when your food has to be slurped. Which is why when I had a craving for soup this past weekend, I made this hearty vegetable soup.


I’m actually having a hard time calling it soup if we’re being honest. In fact, while eating it for dinner last night, Shane asked if I’d like some soup with my vegetables.


This soup was inspired by my mom, who cooked some veggie soup using water, veggie boullion cubes, and a sh!t ton (or shun, as my dear friend Destiny says) of vegetables. I loved it! But for this recipe, I added a few ingredients to give it a bit more pizzazz.

This soup will heat you up.

Soul Searing Vegetable Soup

2 c. low sodium veggie broth

1.5 c. brussells sprouts, halved

3 carrots, cut into 1” thick slices

2 celery stalks, cut into 1” thick slices

2 garlic cloves, diced

1 c. cauliflower

1/2 onion, sliced

1/2 can of tomato paste

1/2 tsp oregano

small handful fresh basil

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed


Put all of the ingredients in a big pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and then simmer for about two hours. Add the beans. Wah. Lah.


Are you a soup person? What’s your favorite kind? This is my favorite. No, really. It is now.


Thanks for the congrats on signing up for the half marathon!! I’m SUPAH excited and spent a major chunk of the day revising my training plan. AND I’m super pumped at the number of you who will also be running in it. Definitely need to meet up 😀

It’s Thursday already!! Crazy! Today should be a fairly light day. Last night I trained clients pretty late, and then was up early for a 5:30 client – so I’m welcoming this light day with open arms! How does the day look for you?

Have a good one, friends! Off to the BIC, and then run some errands for the Niko doggie.

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  1. I love soup! This soup looks delicious and easy to make. Perfect for when I’m not feeling the whole cooking dinner thing.

    My favorite soup is black bean and veggie soup. I add carrots, corn, and onions to my black bean soup. I think some celery would be good in there too, yum. We eat black bean soup with cornbread. My husbands only complain about soup is that there is no meat. ha – I might would add some sausage to the veggie soup for him.

  2. I think it is safe to say that I love soup more than anything in the world. I’m a teacher and bring my lunch to work everyday. Each Sunday I make a big Crock Pot full of a different type of soup. My favorites are lentil soup and Obama Chili – the Obama family chili recipe. The original recipe calls for ground meat, but I use SmartLife soy meat and it turns out amazing. Then I’m set for my lunches all week. I also always make my soup a little bit on the thick side.

    • Ooh, I’m intrigued by this Obama Chili!

      • Obama Chili
        –1 can kidney beans
        –ground soy meat (equivalent to 1 lb or 1 lb of ground chicken)
        –1 green bell pepper, chopped
        –1 large onion, chopped
        –5-6 medium tomatoes, chopped or 2 cans diced tomatoes
        –4 chopped cloves of garlic
        –1 tsp cumin
        –1 tsp oregano
        –1 tsp basil
        –1 tsp turmeric
        –2 tsp chili powder
        –1 tsp salt
        –3 T red wine vinegar

        Chop up the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Add to the crockpot. Add the beans and soy meat. Stir in all of the spices and the red wine vinegar.

        Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-5.

        Little known fact – the Obamas serve their chili over rice. :)

  3. I’m more of a “stew” person- because you’re right- I’m not satisfied unless I have some “chew”. I think that may be part of the reason why I’m also not a huge fan of yogurt or smoothies…

  4. I love soups and stews, but I often eat a small bowl along with something else. The liquid tends to fill me up, but not for long, so I like something substantial with it. I’m loving veggie soups this winter. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Oh I LOVE soup…I can’t even tell you what’s my favorite because it totally depends on my mood…sometimes I crave Tom Yum or Hot & Sour…or sometimes old fashioned chicken noodle or beef stew…sometimes I just want pure, unadulterated tomato. Or perhaps tortilla soup?

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried brussels in soup, though…I love that!

  6. Great minds think alike! I made farro soup last night — about to post the recipe…it’s sort of like minestrone but really thick!

  7. I love love love soup. That looks great.

  8. My favorite is Tom Yum (thai lemongrass spicy soup)… it is perfect for cold days!

  9. My husband feels the exact same way about soup. When I make soup for dinner, I know I better have some sort of hearty bread or something else to go with it.

  10. I’m the total opposite! Such a soup girl at heart :) I love the fact that you can throw everything in a big pot, let it cook and have a meal fit into one bowl! Your soup looks delicious!!

  11. Hmm I’m not really a soup person but if I choose to eat some I usually go for Clam Chowder!!!

  12. Whoa, you’re not a soup person!?!?! How can this be true!? 😀

    I obviously AM a soup person! My favourite at the moment is sweet potato, coconut milk and kale. Add beans for extra protein :)

  13. I like all soups except chicken noodle… yuck!!

  14. I’m all about Stews and Such when I’m looking for something that’s filling and slurpy.

    And congrats on race-registration, lady! I can’t wait to read about your training journey! You’ll be a star, naturally.


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