Mixed Vegetables Beef Soup

This mixed vegetables beef stew is a twist to the standard tomatoes soup, because of all the strange new ingredients - but it’s also packed with more nutrients and straight to the point to prepare. The sweetness of the dates add a kick on every third bite.

As much as I enjoy cooking and eating healthy, I’m honestly not a big fan of chopping. In a dream world, I’d rather someone else does all the chopping and I the cooking, but hey, they say it’s therapeutic. The challenge in this recipe is getting all the ingredients in tiny bits, but after that bridge is crossed, it’s a smooth sailing journey. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped 
1 red onion, chopped 
1 red Paprika, chopped 
1 small fennel, chopped 
260g carrots, chopped 
230g egg plant, chopped 
600g minced beef
140g tomatoes, chopped 
160g dates, seed removed 
500ml boiling water 
2 tbsp olive oil 
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
Salt 
Black pepper 

Instructions 

1.     In a large pot on medium heat, heat the olive oil, then sauté the garlic and onions until translucent - about 3 minutes. Add in the beef and mix gently until it becomes sealed and turns from red to dark brown. 

2.     Throw in the tomatoes and carrots - mix briefly, let it sit for three minutes. Then add the hot boiling water, salt, pepper, herbs, paprika and eggplant. 

3.     Cover and bring mixture to a boil for 10 minutes, then add the dates and fennel. Adjust the salt and pepper if needed. Then boil for another 10 minutes. And voila! It’s ready. 

4.     Serve with basmati rice and some fennel. 

RecipesAureen Aipoh