At a recent premiere for Katie Couric’s new documentary Fed Up, one of the film crew members mentioned that we have entire holidays dedicated to sugar. I wondered what he was talking about, until he lifted one finger and said, “Valentines Day.” I realized how much this weekend’s wonderful holiday has become more about chocolates and colored candy than about treating people you adore to true love—sharing with them wishes of health and wellness and abundance.
And so, as a mama too often willing to sneak sugar into my tots’ lunch bags as a sign of my love, I decided to switch things up a bit. What would a healthy Valentine’s Day look like at my house? I started by searching the grocery store to find fruits and veggies that could easily become hearts. Then, I turned them into a bowl of warm, cozy veggie soup that’s as comforting as a mother’s hug.
Whether you’re trying to be heart smart this year, or are just looking for a hearty way to say “I love you,” this bowl of Vegetable Love Soup is the perfect way to say you care.
This simple recipe is the cutest, healthiest way to give your valentine some love! Forget the chocolates, and start cutting a bushel full of veggies into heart shapes. It’s easier than you think (get the tutorial here!) and can be made in about 20 minutes. If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is!
3 small purple potatoes, sliced into hearts
1 small sweet potatoes, sliced into hearts
1 carrot, sliced into hearts
6 cups veggie broth
1 small zucchini, sliced into hearts
1 small yellow squash, sliced into hearts
3 tablespoons green onions
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Add potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot sliced into a large pit with veggie broth. Bring to a boil and boil just until potatoes are tender. Add zucchini and squash. Boil 1 more minute. Remove from heat, top with green onions and parsley. Serve and enjoy!