ABS, always be soupin.’ That’s been my thing this winter. Soups are super easy and super delicious, and I’m amazed that we all aren’t eating more of them. I recently started browsing my gazillion cookbook collection for soup recipes and noticed something pretty overwhelming but also pretty obvious. Most soup recipes are basically the same thing with a few modifications! I’m not a measurer; I’m just a gatherer. I gather a bunch of items and make a soup 🤣. I thought I’d share the basis of my soups and give a few options so we can all jump on my soup bus! Don’t be scared, it’s ridiculously easy.
The basics ingredients: Chopped onion, carrots, celery (more or less based on personal preference), and salt and pepper and oregano. Put all this in a big pot with a little olive oil and heat until the veggies are soft.
Next add in the options. Here’s some ideas: Mushrooms, diced tomatoes, a chopped potato, jalapeño, black beans, white beans, cauliflower, spinach, kale, green chilis, corn, plant-based “faux meat.” Add a few of these or a lot of these. It’s not possible to make a mistake. Heat it all up until all the veggies are soft.
Next add vegetable broth. I start with four cups. To make it “soupier,” add more broth. To make it creamier, here’s my secret. Take out half the soup and put it in a blender and blend it up. Add it back into the soup pot and heat it back up. 😋
Ready to soup? Let’s turn this into a lesson in mindful eating. Here are some of the tips learned through my training with Deepak Chopra.
• Eat in a quiet, settled, comfortable environment.
• Eat only when you feel hungry.
• Do not eat when you are upset.
• Always sit down to eat.
• Eat at a comfortable pace; stay conscious of the process.
• Don't overeat; leave 1/4 to 1/3 of your stomach empty to aid digestion.
• Eat freshly prepared foods. Lightly cooked foods are preferable to raw or overcooked foods.
• Sit quietly for a few minutes after finishing your meal. Focus your attention on the sensations in your body, then take a short walk.
Food is medicine. Let it nourish your body and soul.