Soupin’ for the Soul

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.

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