Tomato Basil Vegetable Soup

We are hooked on the Tomato Basil Soup from Walmart. I know what you are thinking, but it tastes just like the tomato soup from Le Madelines. Seriously, it is just delicious. So for the 3rd week in a row, we have bought it to have with grilled cheese sandwiches.

As of Tuesday, after going back for my lab results, my Dr seems to think that I need to stay away from butter. After delivering this news to me, he picked me up from the floor and brought me back to reality by throwing cold water on my face, I informed him that that was just not possible. I informed him that I wrote a blog that was rooted in butter and that I didn’t know who I was without butter. After all, I have “Butter is my Life” T-shirt’s, Butter Is Better kitchen towels, Butter is My Bestie pot holders, well, you get the picture. So when he told me I could write about it, but I couldn’t eat it, I went into shock. Leaving his office on Tues with a RX for Ztevia and a printed sheet with all the plant based foods I was now suppose to begin eating, I sat in the car and just stared up to the Heaven….please Lord Jesus, just come now before I hear “Trudy, you put down that chicken fried steak and back away from the butter dish. You will now shop on the tofu aisle and kale will be your best friend.”

I knew that eventually this day would probably come, but was hoping not before I had lost my memory and didn’t know that I wasn’t eating chocolate every day or unable to buy butter by the 5 lb tubs. Well, it is here and we are trying to use up all the “animal” based foods we had just bought before shopping for “plant” based foods. Since we had about a cup of the tomato basil soup (which I might add is laden with cream and oh so good), I decided to use it for a base for our veggie soup tonight. Having to admit that it turned out really delicious I thought I would pass it on to you just in case you are trying to not eat so much meat. We are having this soup tonight with a side salad and then going on-line to order our new “Kale Kuties” shirts, which we will be wearing while roaming the tofu and fresh veggie markets. Yes, this is the new US…..of course the Dr Couldn’t tell me this upon coming back from Italy, he loved delivering this news to me two weeks before heading overseas.

Personally, I think he was just jealous that we were headed to Italy and he wasn’t.

2 cups of your fav brand of tomato basil soup

2 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 large sweet potato or russet potato, chopped

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped cabbage

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 cup fresh green beans

Seasonings:

Garlic, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, all to your liking.

Combine all ingredients and cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Serve with

Salad and hot butter garlic bread that is lathered in butter, oops, NO….that was the old me…just throw some boring ole saltines out on the table and get the butter out of the fridge to dip the cracker….oh shoot, there I go again…put the butter back.

Sorry, old habits are so hard to break.

2 cups of your favorite

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