Healthy Vegetable Beef Soup

Healthy Vegetable Beef Soup

This Healthy Vegetable Beef Soup is one of my favorites.  It reminds me of my granny!

Healthy Vegetable Beef Soup

1 lb of lean beef stew meat, marinated and cooked. (I have also used ground beef, leftover pork roast or beef roast, sliced up round steak, and leftover meatballs)
46 oz. tomato juice
Two bay leaves (remove before serving, these are not edible)
Three garlic cloves
One onion
Two c. frozen green beans*
Two c. frozen sweet peas*
lima beans, one c.*
One c. corn*
One lb. squash (or zucchini), cut up
One can stewed tomatoes
Two beef bouillon cubes
Three c. water

You can add any vegetable to this, like black-eyed peas. I just don’t care for them.
If I’m not using the crockpot, I put all my vegetables (not the canned tomatoes) in my pot with three c. of water, the garlic, and all the seasoning (not the bay leaves). I also add in the beef bouillon cubes. I cover that and let it cook on low until the vegetables are tender.

Once they are tender, I add the remaining water, the canned tomatoes, bay leaves, meat, and tomato juice. Now, let that simmer until ready to eat.

A healthier version because I did not add any potatoes. I didn’t add potatoes because of the starch in the corn and the lima beans.

*I only use frozen vegetables because they are frozen at their peak times, and no sodium is added. If you use can vegetables (which I have), be sure and drain them and rinse them off). It really won’t taste any different)*

Serves about 10
Calories per serving: 220
Fat per serving: 5 g.