Bean-free minestrone fit for a queen. Low-carb, Paleo, and keto-friendly.  Can be made vegan and gluten-free.

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  • Preparation Time

      20 minutes
  • Cooking Time

      30 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating

    1
  • Health Level

    5
  • Serves

    6
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Ingredients

  1. 2 Tbsp. / 28 ml olive oil or organic rapeseed oil
  2. 4 oz. / 114 g tempeh or streaky turkey bacon, preferably organic and uncured
  3. 2 cups / 240 g (4 medium) carrots, chopped
  4. 2 cups / 120 g (2 medium) turnips, julienned
  5. 1 medium yellow or red onion, chopped
  6. 1 whole bulb fresh garlic, chopped
  7. 1 medium stalk celery with leaves, chopped
  8. 1 medium leek, sliced
  9. 1 cup / 80 g cabbage, shredded or chopped
  10. 2 cups / 500 g stewed tomatoes, diced
  11. 1 qt. / L vegetable broth/stock, preferably low-sodium organic or 2 cubes bullion dissolved in 1 qt. / L boiling water
  12. 1 Tbsp. / 14 ml Worcestershire sauce, without high-fructose corn syrup
  13. 4 oz. / 120 ml dry red wine (optional)
  14. Additional seasonings (optional): ground black pepper, parsley and/or other herbs of choice, mustard seed, etc.

Directions

  1. In a 4-quart/liter lidded pot, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add bacon, carrot, turnip, onion and garlic, and sauté until just beginning to soften.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for about 20-30 minutes, until vegetables are at desired tenderness
  3. Serve with buttered crusty bread (1 oz. / 30 g = 1 carb exchange), cooked pasta or potato (½ cup / 80 g = 1 carb exchange), freshly grated Parmesan cheese (⅔ oz / 20 g = 1 protein exchange), and/or sour cream (2 tablespoons / 30 g = 1 fat exchange).
Serving size: 2 cups / 450 ml Exchanges per Serving: 1 Protein, 2 Veg

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  1. I am 80 years old and haven’t cooked for years. I really, really want to do this, however, I will all the help you can give me.

    Sounds great and I look forward to getting started.

    I will need to do some shopping, so, what do I need. I am a bachelor and don’t want to buy too much food.

    • Hi, Rongsouthall2019. We are happy to help however we can! Please do take advantage of our “Tips and Tricks” article collection to learn about healthy foods and concepts. No less importantly, ease into the program and make changes gradually. You absolutely can repeat meals and even whole days as often as you would like.

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