Rainy Day Vegetable Stew

This is not a soup. This is a stew. A thick, hearty, delicious, meaty but meatless stew.

This cold weather is getting me down. So was my day a couple days ago. Seriously, I was down in the dumps. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, literally, and then was hungry and could only walk at the gym despite watching other people do crazy awesome workouts that my body ached to do, and it was windy and I got a bad haircut and I was tired because I hadn’t slept in 4 nights. So. I took it on myself to take a mental day and watch way too much TV. And allow my body to morph into the couch.

Have you seen Like Crazy? That movie is perfect for days like that. Days when you want to crawl in bed and wake up in a better day. Days when everything makes you want to scream and/or cry. Days when the couch and blanket are your best friends and tea is the only thing that can warm your soul.

If you’re having one of those days (hopefully you’re not; hopefully you’re in the Bahamas or somewhere warm and perfect on spring break like my friends), then you should turn on Netflix, watch Like Crazy, and eat this stew. Seriously. It will help. And this stew is easy peasy, so you can throw in the ingredients and get started on your movie while it cooks.

Rainy Day Vegetable Soup

2 tsp olive oil
1/2 c chopped bell peppers
1/2 c chopped carrots
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 c frozen peas
3 celery sticks, chopped
1 can whole tomatoes
2 c vegetable broth (or water)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 c stelline pasta (little stars)
1 bay leaf

1. Saute vegetables in olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
2. Add tomatoes, broth, spices, pasta, and bay leaf. Use spoon to slightly mash tomatoes.
3. Bring to a boil then down to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes.
4. Remove bay leaf and serve.

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