Celebrate strength, wealth, and health in the new year with Beef, Beans, and Greens Soup. Packed with nutrition and made with the ease of leftover beef roast.
How I Created This Beef, Beans, and Greens Soup
There’s a new year foodie tradition that just came across my radar during the transition from 2020 to 2021 [my friends and family down south will know this one well]: beans and greens. Beans for health, and greens, well, you guessed it, for wealth.
Because I like to add my own spin on traditional recipes and let’s face it, I’m not living in much of a bean house, I added beef to the mix for one more thing we could all use this upcoming year: strength.
With years of personal experience in the beef industry, I’ve come to live, learn, and know that essential nutrients found in beef, like protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins, provide our bodies and minds with the strength we need at all stages of life to be the strongest version of ourselves.
My 2021 Intention
I don’t know about you, but I can certainly use all the physical and mental strength I can get these days. And soup with ingredients like lean beef and healthy greens certainly delivers. More often than not, I can get through a day feeding 4 little people 3 meals and a few snacks, and quickly realize I’ve consumed leftover sandwiches and too much coffee to admit.
In an effort to be an example of health [among other things] for my children, one of my intentions in 2021 is to eat healthier too. That’s where a big old pot of soup comes in.
Soup is a form of self-care for this busy Mom. When I remember to make it. Soup recipes typically feed 6-8 people, which is a recipe serving I can easily achieve. Most of my soup recipes include a power-packed-protein like lean beef, plus a variety of fresh, frozen, or canned veggies. Beef pairs perfectly alongside almost any vegetable, so while I included leafy collard greens in this soup, you could easily swap for spinach, broccoli, or cabbage.
Benefits of Beef
Strength these days means so much more than muscle. It means getting through everyday tasks. It means nourishing one’s MIND and body, and like I said before, being an example of health for my children. And for me, that starts in my kitchen using ingredients that fit the bill, like beef.
Beef is an excellent source of protein and supplies 10 essential nutrients including B-vitamins, zinc, and iron that support an active and healthy lifestyle. The nutrients in beef provide our bodies with the strength to thrive throughout all stages of life. Learn more about how beef’s nutrients, along with a healthy lifestyle, work to help build muscle and mental strength below.
Beef Cut to Use for this Soup Recipe
Curious about what cut of beef to use for this soup? The leftover roast was my go-to here. My Mom tried the recipe with leftover Tenderloin. You could easily use Ground Beef, Brisket, shredded Flank Steak, or any number of cuts. Just make sure if you are not using leftovers that you decide to cook the beef appropriately. Visit Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. for cooking and cutting instructions.
Hungry for more beef nutrition information as it pertains to strength? You might find these resources useful:
- Staying in Shape Starts on the Plate
- Strength: The Field Manual
- The Connection Between Beef’s Protein and Strength
- 3 cups cooked [leftover] beef roast
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 15-ounce can of cannellini beans
- 4 cups collard greens, chopped
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in beans, beef, green, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Serve.