Soup warms up ‘winter blues’

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I’m a little bummed Mr. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning we get six more weeks of winter.

But a way to stay warm in the winter is to think warm thoughts, and a good way to think warm is by eating soup.

I came across this recipe in one of my mom’s cooking magazines.

It’s one of those complete-meal-in-a-bowl soups. You get your meat and veggies all in one place.

On top of that, it was pretty inexpensive to make, costing about $7 for all of the ingredients, and you can find them all at the local grocery store.

An added plus is prep time. Total, it takes about 25 minutes to make, which means you won’t be in the kitchen for hours making soup that will take less time to eat.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it serves four, so it’s the perfect size to share with your roommates.

Not a fan of veggies? I’m not really either.

But the way everything’s put together, you can’t really taste the vegetables.

So if you have a hard time getting your daily dose of veggies, this is an easy way to do so.

One thing I did differently from the recipe was leaving out the molasses.

It’s not really necessary to add, but if you have it go ahead and throw it in.

If you don’t, no worries. I think it tastes just as good without it.

If you would rather try something other than crackers on top, I would suggest a spoonful of sour cream. Or dipping some Fritos’ corn chips in it would be nice, too.

Really, there’s an endless amount of toppings that would go great on it. Just try whatever suits your fancy.

So if you’re having the winter blues, try getting warmed up with a nice big bowl of beef vegetable soup.

Beef vegetable soup

Ingredients

• 1 lb. ground beef<br/>• 1/2 cup chopped onion• 1/2 cup chopped onion<br/>• 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce• 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce<br/>• 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed <br/>vegetables, thawedvegetables, thawed
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
• 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed
vegetables, thawed

• 1 1/4 cups beef broth<br/>• 1 tbsp soy sauce• 1 tbsp soy sauce<br/>• 1 tbsp molasses• 1 tbsp molasses
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp molasses

Instructions

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, then drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly.