Mom’s “Zero Calorie” Vegetable Soup

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Mom’s “Zero Calorie” Vegetable Soup

My Mom’s a retired chef, and full-time saint.  She’s very busy this time of year, dispensing her soup to everyone she knows.  Seriously, everyone gets soup. And between the Karma of helping others to feel better and her daily Neti pot use, she’s been relatively free of colds.  Nice. 

She calls it zero-calorie cause it can be a helpful part of a weight loss plan. Fill up with lo-cal soup and we’re good and hydrated, with less room for snacks.  I call it Mom’s liquid-love.  I asked her to share her recipe with us:

Mom’s Zero-Calorie Vegetable Soup. 

Mom's liquid love vegetable soup recipe

Cut uniformly – 5 stalks of celery w/leaves, 1 pound of carrots, and 1/2 pound of green beans.  Quarter 10 brussel sprouts,  Crush two garlic cloves.  Sauté veggies with a tiny amount of oil in your soup pot for 5 minutes. (mom uses spray-oil)

Add one 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes, the fire roasted ones are nice.  Add 4 cups of veg stock, 6 cups of water, and 1.5 tablespoons of dried Italian seasoning.  toss in an optional pinch of red pepper flakes.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.  add 1 small diced zucchini and a handful of baby spinach leaves.  Simmer for 5 minutes, or till veggies are crisp-tender.  Adjust seasonings to taste.   To fill it out a bit, add some small pasta, some cubed tofu, or a can or chickpeas.  Enjoy!  And thanks mom. 

I’m hoping she can join us at the Yoga and cooking class coming up on the 28’th.  For those of you signed-up, I’ll be sending directions very soon.  Yes, There’s still a few spots left for this one of a kind, delicious event.


By | 2016-11-19T13:18:43+00:00 February 19th, 2009|recipes|6 Comments

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Namaste. I've been practicing and teaching Peace, Yoga, and Mindful living for many years. What comes out in class is from decades of going inwards. I love sharing what is rising in my practice and my day to day life of noticing more about this incredible world we live in. Peace -j


  1. MoM February 19, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Thanx for all the adjectives & for sharing your wisdom with others. You really know how to make MoM feel proud.

  2. Charlie C. February 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Yoga John,
    Will definitely try your Moms’ soup, just what I like.
    Your website is awesome,
    keep up all the different good works.
    Our best, C.+G.

  3. Tina February 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you John for sharing the soup recipe. It sounds delicious!

  4. denise February 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    this recipe seems easy and wonderful –
    i’m inspired to try it soon and to share it with
    friends and family

    thanks to you and your mom!

  5. Marianne February 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Soup sounds great, although I was hoping for a picture of your Mom! Looking forward to trying it. -M

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