Food for Life – Minestrone

Favorite Recipes from Staff and Friends of Steps to Life

“Children should be educated to habits of temperance, even while in their mother’s arms. Our tables should bear only the most wholesome food, free from every irritating substance. The appetite for liquor is encouraged by the preparation of food with condiments and spices. These cause a feverish state of the system, and drink is demanded to allay the irritation. On my frequent journeys across the continent, I do not patronize restaurants, dining-cars, or hotels, for the simple reason that I cannot eat the food there provided. The dishes are highly seasoned with salt and pepper, creating an almost intolerable thirst. During my last trip, the conductor of the sleeping-car kindly brought me a plate of rich vegetable soup. I tasted the apparently inviting dish, but found it so highly seasoned that I dared not eat it. The salt and pepper made my mouth smart, and I well knew that they would irritate and inflame the delicate coating of the stomach. I passed the tempting dish to another; for I dared not place such an abuse upon my digestive organs.” Review and Herald, November 6, 1883.

Milton-Freewater, Oregon, is home for Judi Knoefler, a homemaker and a fulltime beekeeper who cares for 1,900 bee hives with the help of her son, Matt, and husband, Melvin. A vegetarian since 1971, Judi collects vegetarian recipe books. She may be contacted by telephone at: 541-938-6122, or by e-mail at:

Recipe – Minestrone

1 Tablespoon olive oil
5 carrots, cut diagonally
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 onion, chopped
Sauté together 20 minutes.

5 small potatoes
4 cups tomatoes, fresh or canned, chopped
Cook 15 minutes.

1/4 cup salad macaroni or 1 cup cooked rice
1–2 cups cooked kidney beans
2 teaspoons beef style seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1 Tablespoon dry parsley

Cook 10 to 15 minutes, until macaroni is tender, or if using rice, heat and serve.

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Wichita, KS 67278