Nancy Macklin, RDN
Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.see more from this author
I havn’t made this yet . I wanted to check and be sure you were suppose to add the remaining pesto sauce to the tomato soup, I was thinking it was for the breadsticks. Thanks
I omitted the beans, used chickpeas instead..also used acorn and butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes a few times..delishious cold as well as hot
My family love this recipe and we make it every week. Simple and easy but super tasty!
Can you use canned or frozen corn?
What is the protein content for the soup?
As a response to Jeff’s comment. Alcohol is not considered a nutrient, as it is not essential for life. Yes, it provides calories, but it is also technically a poison to our bodies. Protein (amino acids) are one of the components required for life, which is why it is considered a nutrient (along with carbs, fats, water, vitamins, and minerals). Protein encompasses all amino acids, and while many foods contain amino acids, it is the relative ratios of each amino acid that are important. Some amino acids are essential, meaning we can’t make them ourselves, while others we can make from other amino acids. For our bodies to make protein, we need amino acids in a specific ratio. That is why some sources of amino acids are considered complete versus others. If you are limited in one essential amino acid, your body’s protein-building capacity will be limited. The good news is that you can get these amino acids throughout the day. They don’t have to come from one specific meal or food source.
Protein is a misnomer and does not need to be tracked on a plant-based diet (or any diet). All plants contain ALL essential amino acids and if you eat enough calories you will get enough protein. Our body doesn’t care where it gets the amino acids from, it breaks them down to form ‘protein’ chains. Proteins are polymer chains made of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds. Eating ‘protein’ doesn’t make protein. The ONLY reason that protein is considered a food group is that amino acids provide energy – but so does alcohol so?