One big concern about switching to a healthier diet is the amount of time required to prepare healthy meals. So today I wanted to share my favourite healthy meal which I rely on which is soup.
What’s so great about soup?
Soup is my favourite healthy meal because it is easy to make, it’s versatile, you don’t need a recipe, it can be made in only one pot, it’s frugal, healthy, you can sneak vegetables in that you (or others) might not otherwise eat and it can last for days if you make a big batch. What’s not to love?!
How do I get started?
Slow cooker – (That’s a crock-pot for those across the pond.) My favourite way to make soup is in the slow cooker because it allows me to prep at least 3 days worth of lunches in one go and then leave it to cook while I go do something else more interesting than stirring a pot! Simply chop up your vegetables, add stock or water and your herbs and spices then leave to cook. When it’s done simply use an immersion blender to turn your freshly cooked vegetables into soup and voila – you have an easy healthy meal.
Staples – Although soup comes in many varieties and flavours the basics of any good soup tend to remain the same and can be bought cheaply to create several different soups. I usually rely on butter, onion, garlic, celery, stock, salt and pepper and then add whatever vegetables I want to base my soup on.
Herbs & spices – You can switch things up with your soups by adding different herbs and spices depending on your mood which means that even if you use the same vegetables your soup doesn’t need to taste the same every time. Right now I am loving fenugreek to add a bit of a kick to my soups but I believe in experimenting and having fun! I usually get my ideas for which herbs and spices to put in by rummaging in our spices cupboard and smelling them.
What vegetables/flavours could I use?
The world is your oyster but you could try potatoes, leeks, broccoli, peas, red bell peppers, onions, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, cabbage, pumpkin, lentils, mini pasta. If you get stuck for ideas you can always check out what’s available in the supermarket and then make it from fresh to avoid all the additives and preservatives.
What is my favourite flavour of soup?
My favourite flavour of soup is spicy parsnip right now but not so long ago tomato soup was where it was at!
What’s your favourite go-to healthy meal? Do you make soup? Share with me in the comments below and thanks as always for reading.