I admit, there was a time in my life where I found myself hungry at night and felt it was just easier to order a pizza than to prepare something to eat from scratch. Picking up the phone and calling my local pizza place was easy. I didn’t have to think much and the food would be delivered, hot and ready to eat. As I started to learn more about my health I realized this was not the best plan. Aside from the disgustingly full belly at the end of the night, I really wasn’t doing much to nourish my body. Hell, I was young, I felt good and hadn’t yet been introduced to the garbage-in-garbage-out philosophy.
As I started running in triathlons I began to notice a pattern. Those nights I ate deep dish pizza for dinner were followed my horrible training sessions the next morning. As I dragged my ass down the trail I would repeat the mantra, ‘garbage-in-garbage-out, you did this to yourself’. Somewhere around this time I committed to a healthier lifestyle and decided I needed to have healthier options on hand for those nights I just wanted to order a pizza.
Enter: my Minestrone Soup Recipe. Hearty, delicious and a hell of a lot better for me than a Chicago Style Pizza. Yes, my soup contains noodles and no, they are not gluten free. However, they could be, should you be so inclined- or, if you are watching your carbs, leave them out (the potatoes too). The rest of the soup is marvelous! I keep some in my freezer, and heat it up on the stove when I need something nourishing fast. The base of my soup is Bone Broth. I used a combo of beef and chicken broth and it tastes incredible. If you know me, I am sure it doesn’t come as a shock that I make my own bone broth. It is extremely nourishing and easy to make, but if you don’t have your own, you can order it online or buy some boxed/canned stuff at the grocery store. I think the combo of the two is important for the flavor of the soup and the heartiness of the broth really does make a difference in how the soup satiates. So really, you don’t want to skimp.