I need easy and this rosemary white bean soup recipe is as easy as diy soup could get. This morning when I sat to meditate, I wanted to do everything BUT sit and be still. My mind was racing. So many upcoming decisions about school, work and what the boys were simply going to do at home, again, today. 
 
Back in the day, like March, 2020, so much of our lives ran on autopilot. Now every day, every hour – minute feels like a decision we have to make. Our systems are taxed, and we’ve got a case of decision fatigue. At least, it’s not a case of COVID.
 
Short-cut recipes, like this soup, continue to be helpful during these times. This rosemary white bean soup has 3 simple steps: chopping carrots, onion, celery and rosemary. Two: pureeing one cup of white beans. Three: adding the broth and beans.
 
Here are 5 other things I’m trying to reduce decision fatigue in my own life.

1. Notice when my mind is racing, and do what I need the most.

Take some time for quiet and reflection. As Socrates best said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” And, this examination does not include what my kids should be doing. Instead, the examination is all about what do “I” need in this moment to care for myself and others from a place of calm.

2. Lower my bar. For me, I can do this is a few simple ways.

Examples:
  • Simply what I’m serving for dinner
  • Being more liberal with screentime
  • Not getting back to emails as quickly

3. Supporting myself by prioritizing sleep, stress management and movement.

4. Assess my breaking points.

Where do I lose my marbles the most? I’ve noticed that I lose my marbles the most when my house is a mess. Life also feels extra hard at meal time. Taking 3 minutes to think about what’s for lunch at least 30 minutes before lunch time is manageable. Enlisting help from the kids to pick up EVERY time before a screen gets shares the workload. 

5. Ask for help, but not from too many people.

Some of these decisions are simple, others are not. For the harder ones, figuring out a few key people I can go too is key. Too many cooks in the kitchen lead to a messy head. And, for those of you struggling with food or your relationship with food, our team of dietitians is here for you. Some of my clients are so fatigued over “how” to eat or what “diet” is best. That, gives them decision fatigue. Seek out experts, evidenced-based information and make sure that guidance is tailored to you.

Rosemary White Bean Soup

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For our short-cut, I used Randall Great Northern Beans. I love not worrying about BPA in cans, plus the fully cooked beans are full flavored and perfectly cooked. A comforting bowl of this rosemary white bean soup feels like the prescription I need during a bout of decision fatigue.
Get last week’s short-cut recipe: Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Capers and Lemon
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white bean soup in a grey bowl

5 Steps to Combat Decision Fatigue + McDaniel Short-Cuts: Rosemary White Bean Soup


  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel

Ingredients

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  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, mined
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 1, 48 oz. jar of Randall’s Great Northern Beans
  • 2 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 t. cumin powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. honey
  • 1/4 c. cup chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to your preference

Instructions

  1. In a stockpot, warm olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic through celery and sauté until softened (4-5 minutes).
  3. While vegetables sauté, using a blender or immersion blender puree two cups of white beans with liquid.
  4. Add entire jar of canned beans, pureed beans, spices and broth and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  5. Taste before adding salt and pepper.

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.