Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Babe's Vegetable Beef Soup

A few months ago I was feeling incredibly worn out with zero energy.  I have been working out and I could barely make it to the gym at all.  I cancelled every appointment I had.  I buried myself under blankets in the house and hid away from it all.  Finally, I said enough... there's something wrong and took myself to see a naturopathic doctor.  She put me on an elimination diet and increased my supplements.  I immediately started to feel better.  My energy level went through the roof.  I started going to bootcamp 2-3 times per week, 2-3 yoga classes, kickboxing, personal training.  I was feeling great.  So positive, so happy.

Well, yesterday was not happy.  I found out that a job I was really working hard to obtain had been awarded to another candidate.  That sent me straight into a pity party.  When babe came home he took one look at my face, gave me a hug and said "want me to make dinner?"  I love this man so much.  Babe made me one of his specialties.

Vegetable Beef Soup

I'll be honest... I don't think I can replicate this exactly.  Babe's style of cooking is much more organic than mine (meaning a little this, a little that).  But I watched him carefully.  This is what I think he did.  


Olive oil
1 lb beef roast, cubed
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 roma tomato, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 tsp each dried thyme, parsley and basil (or your favorite blend)
1 tbsp tomato paste
6 cups beef stock
2 small russet potatoes, diced
1/3 bag each frozen corn and frozen peas

** This is what I would do
  1. In large stock pot, sear the beef in olive oil on all sides until brown.  Remove from pan and set aside
  2. Saute onion, carrots and celery until tender about 10 minutes
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrent, 1 minute
  4. Add in tomato paste and herbs and stir until combined
  5. Add in beef stock, tomato and potatoes
  6. Bring to boil.  
  7. Add beef back in and simmer 30-40 minutes
  8. In last 10 minutes of cooking, add the frozen peas and corn
  9. Serve with crusty bread

Babe loves me.  Today I feel much better.  Still a bit blue, but my pity party is over.  What shall I cook today?