Anyone for soup?

This week I am going to start with a confession – I love soup!

Soup is my go-to food when I don’t know what else to eat. It reminds me of my childhood when my mum in winter use to make big potfuls of soup especially pea and ham. Its a quick, easy, healthy meal. And when you start looking into the world of soups the possibilities are endless. From all of the world each cuisine has soup on its menu.

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Soup is all great for your gut health. If you can make your own bone broth then you will have a very happy gut. Sarah Wilson gives bone broth tips here – http://www.sarahwilson.com/2012/01/how-to-make-bone-broth-and-why-you-should/

This week on the menu there is a roasted tomato, pumpkin, red lentil and thai white lipstick soup.

I will also look at what is in a can of soup and hopefully inspire you to make your own.

Roasted tomato

Ingredients
  • 5 large fresh tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 onions cut into quarters
  • some extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • Handful of chopped fresh basil for garnish (optional)

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Method

  • Place tomatoes, onions, and garlic on an oven tray and cook on 180 degrees for around 30 minutes.
  • Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic, and onion from the oven and transfer along with any roasting juices into a large stock pot. Add the vegetable stock.  Bring it to the  boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third.
  • Puree the soup until smooth.
  • Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Garnish in bowl with chopped fresh basil or parsley.

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Pumpkin soup

Ingredients
  • Fresh pumpkin cut into cubes – I used half a butternut pumpkin
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 onions cut into quarters
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable stock
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley

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Method

  • Place pumpkin, potatoes, onions and garlic and stock into a saucepan and cook until tender.
  • When tender blend until smooth
  • Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Garnish in bowl with chopped fresh parsley.

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Red lentil 

Ingredients

  • 500g red lentils
  • 1.5 litres of chicken stock
  • 1 fresh tomato cut up
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • cumin for seasoning
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

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Method

  • Wash lentils until water runs clear
  • Place lentils, onion and tomato in a saucepan
  • Add stock and cook until lentils are soft
  • Puree
  • Add salt, pepper and cumin to season
  • Serve with a small amount of fresh parsley on top

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Thai “White Lipstick” – Tom Kha Gai

(recipe from Pum’s Lazy Cuisine )

  • 100ml Coconut milk
  •  1 Handful of Chicken thinly sliced
  •  170ml Water
  • 4-5 slices of Galangal
  • 1/2 stalk lemongrass
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 Thai shallot
  • 2 small red chilies (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Method

  • In a saucepan add the coconut milk and bring to half boil then add in the chicken and stir until the meat is half cooked
  • Add the fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice.
  • Mix well
  • Add in all the herbs and wait until it boils.

If you like a creamer soup then add more coconut milk and less water

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Canned Soup Anyone?

Now that I have made you all hungry I want to look at why you should reach for your knife and chopping board instead of the can opener. In my research I came across this article entitled “The dangers of eating canned soup” I thought I would share a few highlights from this article that really shocked me. I do realise that it is not Australian based but it did make me wonder what is  hiding in our cans of soup.

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  • Most soups come in cans, and most cans contain BPA.
  • MSG is often used to flavor canned soups – while a brand may not be directly putting MSG inside your soup, MSG can be found in other ingredients and can hide under names.
  • Many soups are high in sodium, with upwards of 400mg in a can.
  • Canned soup likely contains GMO’s

You can read the whole article in full at – http://mamavation.com/2015/03/dangers-of-eating-canned-soup.html

So What Is The Best Choice?

Make Your Own Soup!

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