Put on my jacket or carry my jacket or leave my jacket at home or perhaps wear light sweat? Wear dress boots, shoes or sandals? Leave the house windows open or keep them closed? Is it ok to still wear capris with a long sleeve shirt or jeans with a short sleeve shirt? This what has gone through my mind over the past couple weeks, It is cool in the morning but warm in the afternoon. Even the bugs and birds are confused and can’t make up their minds. I saw a flock birds fly overhead and right in midflight abruptly turn and fly the opposite way as if they were saying wait no it’s still warm turn back. A lady bug landed on my arm the other day and a bee buzzed by. Motorcycles ride by getting one last ride in. Bikes and runners are still outside before the treadmill and stationary bikes get dusted off.
This is the Fall Season, the season for change where Mums are in bloom, pumpkins are everywhere, squashes at the farmers market and apple picking is in full force. The trees are turning beautiful vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and browns. Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving decorations line the store shelves. Most people embrace the cooler nights turn off the A/C hot morning coffee sweatshirt season. I like the change of seasons they say, look how beautiful the trees are they say, Cool air is good for sleeping they say, the holidays are the best time of year they say. This is common conversation going on while in line at the coffee shop, at the gym and everywhere else. “Beautiful morning” as I overheard someone say to another in a grocery store, “Yes it is nice to finally not have the hot humidity”. This is wonderful comfortable weather; life doesn’t get better than this. Of course this only lasts for about a week then it begins…
The conversations all of a sudden change to, I raked 25 bags of leaves this weekend, I am going next door to cut down my neighbor’s tree, all their leaves are falling in my yard! The drive throw line is a mile long as it is too cold to walk in the coffee shop for their hot coffee. The allergy and cold medicine is selling out at the drug stores and signs for flu shots are posted on every wall, telephone pole and on local news. Kids are home sick and Co-workers are coming into work sniffling and sneezing at the same time complaining to other co-workers about the price of oil and how they had to turn on the heat in the house. I hear others point out how it is dark when go to work and getting dark when they get out. Every season every year the conversations are the same.
What happened to the happy and jolly I love the change of seasons? Cold and flu season happened! So what better way to stay healthy then to have a hot bowl of superfood soup? I sat at work and listened to the conversations while one was reaching for the tissue box and I thought yes it is soup season once again. I left work and drove straight to the grocery store to gather all my ingredients I need to make veggie minestrone:
Who needs over the counter cold meds which are chemicals in a box? That stuff can’t come close to these foods that the body needs to stay healthy, a pan full of vitamins and minerals. However, every time I make a soup I get a bit carried away and make one big enough to feed everyone in my apartment building. Needless to say I did invite my kids over along with my granddaughter to enjoy a big bowl with a side salad and some toasted garlic bread and I still have enough for the rest of the week. Gotta love soup season!
This recipe is super easy with only 3 simple steps. The longest time is the prep time but, if you have a veggie chopper it will be less time.
Autumn Minestrone Soup
Yields: 1 13 qt. stock pan – numerous bowls of soup for several days.
Time: 1 hour
1 medium onion chopped
4-5 cloves garlic chopped
2 cups each of chopped carrots, butternut squash, zucchini and frozen or fresh peas
2 stalks celery chopped
4 cups chopped fresh kale
1 14oz can each of black and navy beans
1 28 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
Handful chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, rosemary
2 cups cooked brown rice
1-2 tsps. Each dried spices, thyme, oregano, 21 seasoning blend (Trader Joes)
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast
3 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 quart low sodium veggie broth
6-8 cups of water