Want an easy to make winter warmer? Look no further. 🥰👩🏼‍🍳

It’s getting a little chilly and I have jumped at the opportunity to make my favourite, gut-loving soup, Minestrone! These bowls have 16 different plant foods! Adding a soup mix like this one is a great way to boost the fiber and plant protein content of your meals! 🌿🌱

The largest international gut study published in 2018 found that people who consume upwards of 30 different plant foods per week had greater gut microbe diversity! 👩🏼‍🔬🦠

Here’s the recipe:
1 cup Italian Soup Mix
3 cups water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ brown onion, sliced
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 carrot, diced
1 small potato, diced
½ zucchini, diced
100g frozen spinach
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups water
1 stock cube
½ tsp oregano
Pinch of basil
Pinch of parmesan

1. Prepare the soup mix as per packet instructions.
In a medium saucepan add the olive oil, garlic and onion. Once translucent, add the potato, carrot, tomato paste, stock and water. Cook for 10 minutes.
2. Add the spinach, zucchini and season with oregano. Cook for another 10-15 minutes.
3. Once ready to serve, dish into bowls and top with parmesan cheese and basil 🧀🌱. Voilà!!

The best part about minestrone is that you can use almost any veggies you have that are looking a little sad in the crisper! 🥴🍆🍅🥕🌽

Written by Dietitian Chelsea McCallum

Chelsea McCallum is a Dietitian at Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy. Chelsea is passionate about empowering clients to transform their health and prevent chronic disease. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Chelsea has experience in a wide range of nutrition areas such as weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, malnutrition and sports nutrition. All patients are welcomed including GP referred, NDIS, DVA, Work Cover and privately paying. Chelsea is available for Dietitian appointments online as well as at our Chermside, Woolloongabba, Springfield and North Lakes locations.