A healthy hot bowl of soup is a perfect comfort on a cold Winter day. With January being national soup month among many countries it makes it even more appropriate to add it to your daily menu.
It is also a healthy starter because it is high in vegetables, filling and low in energy density.
Homemade soups are a far better choice than processed supermarket ones for many reasons. For one, you know exactly what’s in it and no matter how bad at cooking you are, it will always taste better than anything you can buy in the shops.
Soups in the supermarkets are also packed with sugars, salt and sodium which can damage your liver and give you diabetes. Soups are better than smoothies because vegetables, by cooking or steaming, are breaking the connections between the molecules which make it easier to digest.
If all this didn’t make you love soups maybe the fact that they are an amazing cure for hangovers will.
I decided to share with you one of my most favourite soup recipes, butternut squash, rainbow or heritage carrots, leaks and kidney beans.
Soak the kidney beans overnight and cook separately half way through and leave it aside.
Put half of the vegetables on a roasting tray, spray it with olive oil and sprinkle it with smoked paprika, salt and pepper and put it to roast for 35 minutes. You can add all the vegetables straight into the cooker, but roasting helps intensify the flavours.
Put all the vegetables together with kidney beans in the pot and cook it for 20 minutes. When the vegetables are cooked, purée it to the consistency of your liking. You can add some soy cream and some roasted pumpkin seeds to add to the flavouring. You can enjoy it with a slice of toasted rye bread.
I made my soup with kidney beans because it adds a lean protein to the soup but you can stick to the vegetables only. Different kinds of beans in your daily diet are proven to extend life expectancy to up to 10 years and I’m gonna dedicate one whole post to it.
Soups are a great way to use up your leftovers and create new variations of favourite recipes.
I hope you like my soup recipe and please let me know what is your favourite winter dish.
Lots of love,