Chunky Potato & Veggie Soup

This recipe features a potato soup that is rich in flavor and texture but won’t leave you with a heavy feeling after eating it. You’ll appreciate the fact that you can enjoy a bowl of potato soup that isn’t loaded with fat and calories and is Daniel Fast friendly! Try it. I think you’ll like it!

Chunky Potato & Veggie Soup

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup kernel corn
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water or Vegetable Stock
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper 
1/2 cup almond, rice, or soy milk (optional -adds creaminess- or corn starch will thicken up)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Cook vegetables until they are softened. Stir in garlic, and cook for another minute, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn.

Add broth, potatoes, bay leaf, salt, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Discard bay leaf. Add half of potato mixture to a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Return to saucepan. Stir in almond milk, and parsley. If using corn starch, mix with cool water, add to soup mixture when it’s almost done. Cook until heated through, and serve.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Enjoy!                                           Ecclesiastes 3:18

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An 1840’s General Store situated on our property, is used as our on site Farmer’s Market. The old General Store was once the central hub for a railroad community, and served many important roles in the community of Goggans, even a United States Post Office until the 1960’s. It later served a new, bigger community purpose, inspiring our Farmers Market To You program to be born. This building is registered as a Historical site, and is adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, among other things. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been blessed to expand in to several of our neighboring communities, with our Farmers Market To You Market Basket program…and touch and reach families along the way. We  donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations in each of the communities we serve.

This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media. Photo and original recipe found on Betty

Enjoy!   Eat Healthy and Grow “America Strong”

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