Heads up, everyone! It is officially autumn so do you know what that means?? It is soup season! It is also a great time for my slow-cooker to get a workout. I love to prep my soup in the late morning and let it simmer on low until dinner time. This Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup recipe will have your slow-cooker full to the brim with meat and veggies. This recipe will produce a generous amount of soup and this soup eats like a hearty meal. You can also serve this as a side dish or appetizer but we love to just eat a huge bowl as our dinner. And the best part about this soup? Not only is it delicious but, most importantly, it is nutritious! No weird ingredients in this soup, just straight up meat and veggies… and LOTS OF VEGGIES!
Paleo, Primal Food
Meat! Ahhhh yes… meat! For this paleo (and gluten-free) vegetable beef soup, I went with a pound of beef stew meat. I browned it a bit in some olive oil before adding to the slow-cooker. This is an extra step but I think it lends more flavor to your meat. I think the few extra minutes I spend doing this is worth it in the end.
This paleo soup is all about clean eating. It is also focusing on health and wellness. Inside this soup, you will find the following vegetables: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and garlic. I also used two cans of Muir Glen’s organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes. If you follow my blog you would know that Muir Glen is my go-to brand for my organic tomato needs. So get your knives and chopping board ready because you are going to have quite a few veggies to chop.
Gotta have those seasonings!
What is a soup without the right seasonings? Blahhhhh! In this soup, I have a fantastic blend of herbs and spices that will have your paleo vegetable beef soup bursting with flavor. I used 2 bay leaves, paprika, garlic powder, dried chives, parsley, basil, rosemary, and of course some garlic salt and pepper.
I do not have the exact measurements on the salt and pepper. I always just season my food with salt and pepper along the way and adjust it to taste. I start off with a small amount of salt and work my way up. Nobody likes an oversalted meal so I just prefer to add the salt as needed.
A soup that eats like a meal
I know people often just serve soup as a dish before the actual meal but over here in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen I like to create filling soups that are the actual meal for dinner time. Each and every bite of this plentiful soup will have either meat or veggies or both in it. There are no boring spoonfuls of just broth in this soup. You will always get a bite of something with this soup.
A good slow-cooker is a necessity here
Just stating the obvious here. You are going to need a good-sized slow-cooker for this recipe unless you halve the recipe. I use a 6-quart Hamilton Beach slow-cooker and this trusty slow-cooker has been an essential tool in my kitchen for years and has not let me down once. If you are looking for a programmable slow-cooker I highly recommend going with this particular model. It is easy on the wallet too, coming in at $50 at the time of posting. I have made numerous dishes with this slow-cooker and it is even large enough to cook an entire roaster chicken.
Since this soup is just meat and vegetables it is low in carbohydrates. This soup is perfect for anyone who is watching their carbohydrate intake.
I am very pleased with how this recipe turned out and that is why I am sharing it with you today. I believe this is an enjoyable bowl of soup that will appeal to your senses. It looks beautiful with all of the amazing colors and it has a great aroma from the blend of seasoning that I used. It has a pleasant taste that will have you wanting just a bit more. Have another bowl if you wish! I don’t feel a bit of guilt eating this paleo and primal meal.
What is your favorite kind of soup to warm up to on a cold day? Leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to hear from my readers!
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