Hearty Minestrone

Hearty Minestrone
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water, more if needed
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup elbow macaroni
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix onion, garlic, and ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Transfer ground beef mixture to a stockpot. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until carrots are partially cooked (about 10 minutes). Add zucchini, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper; and simmer until carrots are tender, (about 10 more minutes).
  3. Stir macaroni into soup; simmer until macaroni is cooked through but firm to the bite (about 10 minutes). Garnish with Parmesan cheese to serve.

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Chez Marie Review and a Zucchini Stew Recipe Too!

homestyleChez Marie is a natural food company based in Wilsonville, Oregon that specializes in truly tasty vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy free, corn-free, preservative-free and GMO-free products. The company was founded by Marie after her recipe for veggie patties became popular with friends and family! Taking pride to use simple ingredients, Chez Marie’s labels “read like a recipe.” You won’t find any ingredients that you don’t recognize in them.

Chez Marie has some great Veggie Patties. They have 5 flavors available:

  • Marie’s Homestyle – The “original”
  • Spicy Bean –Zesty with a hint of jalapeno
  • WOW Mushroom –Packed with Portobello’s
  • Wholesome Harvest – A veggie explosion
  • Hearty Hemp Seed (new) – The “good seed” (hemp and flax, that is)

Now, yes you can make yourself a great burger with these.  However, I like to mix it up a bit and offer you a fun recipe you can also make with the Chez Marie Veggie Patty!

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Zucchini Stew
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 4 Chez Marie Wow Mushroom Veggie Patties
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, combine zucchini and onion. Cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, sauce, and rice. Reduce heat and simmer.
  3. In a large skillet, crumble and cook the veggie patties over medium heat until brown.
  4. Stir into soup, adding more water if necessary. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic and simmer 20 minutes more, until rice is tender.

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