Heartwarming Hamburger Soup Recipe. Naturally, the idea of getting back on track after vacation and getting ready for work was my theme for the monthly article at work. I decided to share some healthy, transportable lunch ideas (good for kids and adults too!) and inevitably found myself on a quiet campaign…to bring back the Thermos!
Before I share my heartwarming hamburger soup recipe, hear me out for a moment, people – yes, there are microwaves in a lot of offices and schools now, but not enough to service a lunchroom full of people who have one hour to eat and do personal stuff outside.
So, they either have to waste our time standing in line, or put our food in at the same time as all the other people, so we all end up with food that’s still cold in some parts, or worse, food that might make us sick because it wasn’t heated properly. You can stick to foods that don’t need heating, like sandwiches and salads, but having the option of something hot, in a Thermos, opens the door to lots of other potential lunch foods.
Now that we’re on the topic of my nutrition “campaigns”, here’s another one I want to get started – Stop fretting about how late dinner is! I always cringe a little when my friends come in and they guiltily say, “Oh, I eat dinner at 7… sometimes even 8.” Because, uh… that’s how late I eat dinner. Oprah and personal trainers everywhere have led people to believe that our body slows down at a certain hour – that’s simply not true.
Our hearts are still beating. Our lungs are still breathing. Our guts are still digesting. Our brains are still thinking. Sure, you may not be moving, but as long as you’ve done some moving during the day, you should be fine.
Some people may argue, “but what about that study in Obesity that found that mice fed during the day (their sleeping time) gained significantly more weight than mice fed the same amount of food at night (their waking time)? Well, first of all, that is just one study, using animals. I can show you another study with animals that gives the opposite conclusion.
But even if our circadian rhythms did have an effect on our metabolism/weight gain, they are affected by our environment (see: jet lag) so the answer is not as simple as not eating after a certain time.
The main reason why I want people to stop fretting about how late dinner is, is that perhaps by subconsciously pressuring ourselves to get dinner on the table by a certain time or make dinner within a certain timeframe, we rely on convenience foods instead of taking the time to prepare a healthy meal.
Or maybe we disallow ourselves from having an afternoon snack at 4 or 5 so as not to “spoil” dinner, only to find ourselves nibbling on the vegetables that we’re chopping or the chips that are in the cupboard as we are preparing dinner. I would much rather see someone eating a meal that they took the time to prepare from scratch using fresh ingredients at 8 PM, versus someone eating a microwaveable dinner or take-out at 6 PM. Just sayin’.
So, a heartwarming hamburger soup recipe!
Two of my friends actually have a pretty good hamburger soup recipe, but when it came time to write my article, strangely they were both away. So this heartwarming hamburger soup recipe actually comes from Healthy U, the government of Alberta’s healthy living website – I figured they would have some easy, family-friendly recipes. They actually have several versions of hamburger soup recipes.
This heartwarming hamburger soup recipe is aimed toward the busy person and is very basic – you chop up some vegetables, open up a few cans and throw everything into the pot. And I’d like to think anything with the word “hamburger” in it would be welcome to little kids (unless you were me, and your mom didn’t like hamburgers so you grew up on Filet O’ Fishes) If you are averse to canned tomato soup, tomato paste can be used, though you may want to add some sugar to taste.
You can also substitute the canned tomatoes for fresh. Once you get the basic formula down of the heartwarming hamburger soup recipe, feel free to play! Substitute the ground beef for another ground meat or even TVP, swap in your favorite vegetables, herbs and spices, or use a gluten-free grain instead of barley, etc.
Heartwarming Hamburger Soup Recipe
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil , 5 milliliter
- 1½ pounds extra-lean ground beef , 700 grams
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 large onion , chopped
- 4 cups water , 1 liter
- 2 cups low-sodium beef broth , 500 milliliter
- 1 can low-sodium condensed tomato soup , 10-ounce/284 milliliter, or 1 can (5½-ounce/156milliliter) tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained , 28-ounce/796milliliter, or 3 fresh, ripe tomatoes, diced (save as much of the juice as possible)
- 4 large carrots diced
- 2 stalks celery diced
- ½ cup pearl barley , 125 milliliter
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley , 5 milliliter, or 1 tablespoon (15 milliliter) fresh, chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme 2 milliliter, or 1½ teaspoon (7 milliliter) fresh, chopped
- ½ teaspoon black pepper to taste
- 10-15 minutes. Drain off any excess fat.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring the soup to a boil before lowering heat. Simmer until the barley has fully expanded, about an hour (if you are impatient the soup should be edible within 25-30 minutes). Serve and Enjoy!