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Although I haven’t gone into great detail about why I became vegan, for me it was strictly based on health reasons.  I know a lot of vegans stand up against animal cruelty (which I agree is tragic), but it’s not the answer I give when someone asks me about my vegan lifestyle.  The reason I’m committed to being vegan is an insurance policy.  I don’t want to live a long life…..unless it’s a LONG and HEALTHY life.   There is plenty of research out there that supports the fact that fruits and vegetables do wonders for your health…and prevent cancer and other diseases!  So my insurance policy is, if I eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and deal with stress the best way I can….then I’m doing everything I can to help prevent disease.  If I end up getting cancer or some other disease, then I know I’ve done my best and I’m at my healthiest going into whatever disease I may have.

I’m still learning a lot of things, but lately I’ve discovered a little cheat sheet that I got from a book called “Anti Cancer“.  Garlic seems to be the winner in the area of cancer prevention…and there is a lot of it in the soup I’m going to tell you about :)  While the majority of people are starting to think about their new year’s resolutions…maybe you can consider adding a few of these powerful little guys to your dinner table?

The following images focus on specific types of cancers…Notice how the level of prevention changes depending on the type of cancer…Prostate cancer has a pretty decent size army helping out :)

Now…onto the SOUP!  If you’ve tried my Chunky Winter Vegetable Soup, then you are well on your way to some anti-cancer goodness! This “Tuscan White Bean” soup has come from the same source as Chunky Winter Vegetable, Rebar a cookbook that’s not entirely for vegans but it has vegan suggestions for those of you who are afraid of taking the plunge into plant protein :)

It’s simple…it’s good…it’s anti cancer!  Just for the fun of it, I’m going to bold the anti-cancer ingredients that are listed in the above charts…and, I will say this…eating raw is the best way for you to get the most out of your fruits and vegetables…but having a hearty soup in the winter can also warm the soul…Gazpacho is great in the summer for that sort of thing :)

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups (480 mL) Cannellini Beans, soaked overnight – I cheated…using the canned kind.

10 cups (2.4 L) water…I used 8 cups for fear my water would boil over in my medium sized pot

4 bay leaves

1tbsp (15 mL) salt

1 tbsp (15 mL) minced rosemary

2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

8 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp (1.2 mL) red chile flakes

4 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced – oops…I forgot to seed them

1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) cracked pepper

2 tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar – which I always up the ante on :)

1 bunch of kale, or spinach

DIRECTIONS

1. Drain and rinse soaked beans and place them in a pot with bay leaves, 2 tsp rosemary and cold water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the beans are tender.  In the last 15 minutes of cooking, add 2 tsp salt to the beans.

2.  When the beans are tender, heat olive oil in a soup pot and add the onion, remaining 1 tsp salt and chili flakes.  Saute until the onions are lightly golden, then add the garlic and remaining rosemary.  Cook several minutes, then add the cooked beans and their cooking liquid.  Bring to a simmer, add the tomatoes and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, remove the stems from the kale, tear or roughly chop the leaves and rinse well in cold water.  Add the leaves to the soup and cook until wilted.  Season the soup to taste with balsamic vinegar, cracked pepper and more salt.  Garnish with fresh garden herbs if you like or add 1/2 cup orzo or other small pasta shapes for a thick and hearty minestrone-style soup.

Lastly, we’re in the last couple of days before the “Juice Plus+ Complete” GIVEAWAY!!!  Have you posted your comment here?  You should…because even if you’re a subscriber to the blog, your name will not be entered unless you comment…so…comment :)  And please please please feel free to share the giveaway with friends and family…I’m half-way to my goal of comments from 50 people….my comments in response to your comments do not count toward my goal…please help :)

Lastly, I’d like to thank my newest subscribers:

Sheri Ohly – We go back to Junior High!  Sheri has one of the kindest hearts..although we’re not as close as we used to be, I know that if I ever needed anything, Sheri would be a person I could truly count on.  She’s amazing.  A mother of 3 adorable girls…you should see the clothes she puts these cuties in!  Sheri also has a blog called “Designing Dreams on a Dime“…check it out!  The girl can work some magic!

Cherie Robbins – I hope to one day have a link you can click on for Cherie because her dream is to open a catering business with her best friend!  They do some small parties together complete with wine pairing.  Cherie’s background is interior design combined with a love for cooking she’s got the complete package.  If you’re in the Seattle/Tacoma area look her up to put together a killer party for you…She’s also a social butterfly…maybe she should also start a business doing tours around the state :)

Joanna Polk – A friend for life.  We’ve known each other since Hawaii, survived a 15 month deployment and an Earth Quake together with some other amazing girls while our hubbies were in Iraq.  The military separates friends too often, but you know you’ve got a keeper when you still visit each other in different states…and now countries!!! Jo and Greg are heading to Germany with their 2 kiddos!

 

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