Wednesday, January 2, 2013


And Comfort Food

On this New Year's Day I wish you joy and good cheer for a very Happy New Year!

Vegetable Beef Soup

Here in the southeast we started the first day of the new year with a very cold rainy day. A perfect day to serve up a hot bowl of comfort food. I've shared this recipe in the past but with comfort food on the menu today this soup tops my chart!

1 lb. Ground Round
Petite Lima Beans
One or Two Green Tomatoes
Okra (I like fresh but frozen if you can't find it)
Small bag of Carrots
I small Bell Pepper
two 14.5 oz cans Beef Broth 
1 28oz can crushed Tomatoes
Two large potatoes, cubed
salt and pepper as desired
2 Tablespoons your favorite oil
Water as needed for more or less liquid

Brown one pound of ground round, drain.

Cook limas until tender, drain.

Chop one or two green tomatoes, slice okra.

Slice a small bag of carrots. Chop one small bell pepper and 1/4 head of cabbage.

Add two 14.5 ounce cans beef broth (I use fat free, low sodium)
One 28 ounce can crushed tomatos. 

Add all ingredients to stock pot with the exception of crushed tomatoes. Bring to boil and turn on low to medium heat and cook until vegetables are tender. Add crushed tomatoes and continue to cook on low for about ten minutes. Turn off and let sit for half an hour to enjoy the full flavor of this hearty soup.
If you want the Atkins low carb soup just leave out the beans, carrots, and potatoes. Viola! A perfect low carb, low fat meal. 
I think soup is one of my favorite meals. This keeps in the refrigerator several days and makes a great lunch. 

Hope to hear you like my recipe for my favorite comfort food.



  1. Happy New Year to you too, lovely friend. Love all the beautiful pics I've missed the past few weeks. Seems like I totally skipped the holidays this year, but my husband surprised me with a gorgeous Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and it brought so much magic to our new home.
    Looking forward to another year of wonderful bloggy visits with you.

  2. I think this is a fantastic recipe for a comfort foods link party! :D I still need to visit all the other participants, but I went into the studio this afternoon. Wow, it's so cold! I've been freezing today.

    Happy New Year, Emily!!!



    Now this soup is keeping me warm as I sit here FREEZING this morning! I think you have convinced me that tonight we are having something just like this!

    BONNE ANNÉE MA CHÈRE! Thank you so much for coming to visit to view my paper creation. May 2013 be a wonderful year and I hope you participate in my third annual Paris party again! LOVE! Anita

  4. Happy New Year, Emily! Wishing you all the best for 2013. xo

  5. This sounds and looks delicious! We had black-eyed peas!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Hi Emily!!!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Love that music playing, by the way.
    This soup looks so healthy and wonderful.
    I don't usually eat lima beans -- except in soup and I know they are so good for you!

    This will be a great recipe for us to get our daily dose of vegetables in. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  7. Everything looks wonderful. Your crystal flutes are stunning!
    Happy New Year,

  8. Emily, What a lovely blog you have created! I don't know how we missed you 'till now. We are joining your blog and hope you will visit us and perhaps join us!

    Linda and Jeannie @ The French Hens Nest

  9. Beautiful post to welcome the New Year, Emily. Your crystal on the silver tray says it all!
    Thanks for the soup recipe. Looks delicious.........Sarah

  10. Happy Pink Saturday!!
    And a blessed 2013...I know God has good things for us this year..stop by "My Sweet Prairie Home" and take a look around...


  11. Happy New Year to you Too.Beautiful post.Soup and everything looks so colourful.....:):):)

  12. mmmm!!! Yum! That soup looks delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe. Hope you have a great weekend!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  13. Happy New Year! I am drooling over the soup AND those fantastic Champagne Flutes. Just beautiful. You are playing one of favorite songs too :) Happy New Year!!!!

  14. Happy New Year, Emily, This sounds like a wonderful recipe, I can smell the aroma wafting all the way to Savannah. I do a similar soup but yours sounds better. I am pinning it so I want forget where I saw it. Thanks for sharing. xo Ginger

  15. We too love veggie soup. I do not have a recipe. I just start with broth and leftovers and move unto frozen veggie soup mix. It is good. Your recipe is easy and looks delicious.

    Happy 2013.
    xo, Jeanne

  16. I wish you a happy new year!!!


  17. Emily,
    I love your vintage postcards and you soup looks fantastic!




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