Why am I obsessed with soup?
Moist Cooking Method
Fact: The way we prepare our food changes its nutrient content. So, if you’re going to cook your food, in a soup is the best way! Cooking in water means the food can’t go over 212*F. This is a plus because the higher the heat, the more nutrients are denatured and destroyed and the more carcinogenic properties begin to form. With moist heat, there is now browning or charring occurring. Also, in a soup all of the nutrients are cooked into the broth instead of drained out. So you’re eating all of those incredible vitamins and minerals instead of pouring them down the drain with the water.
Is it possible to make a whole foods plant based soup that isn’t medicinal magic? Flavor it up with ginger, garlic, and onion, Throw in that turmeric and black pepper and make a curry. Use all those veggies you never heard of like romanesco, leek, and lion’s mane mushroom. The ingredients in hearty wholesome soups and stews are powerful disease prevention and reversal medicine for a calm mind and a happy healthy and long beautiful life!
Variety on Variety
Vegetable soups, bean stews, creamy squash, chili, bisque, even chilled raw soups! The possibilities are endless. Thickening up by blending with cashews, chopping some veggies chunky, blending others, using vegetable juices for a base, maybe even coconut milk, garnishing with pumpkin seeds, or even avocado. There are so many kinds of soups. I eat them almost daily and don’t think I’ll ever get sick of them.
Feeling lazy? Me too. I’m down to heat up some water and throw in all my favorite veggies and spices any day. ( me everyday ) Yay soup!
Soup is a great option. Sure, if you get it in a can it can have some extra sodium look for less than 300mg of sodium per serving or find “no salt added” or “low sodium” options and maybe if you get them at a restaurant they’ll have some oil, but overall, whole foods plant based soups and soups are an incredible option not to be overlooked. Please try making at LEAST one of these recipes this winter!
1. TOMATO BISQUE
adapted from http://www.DrFuhrman.com
- 3 cups carrot juice (3 pounds of carrots, juiced, or put 2-4 carrots chopped in a blender with enough water to reach 3 cups and blend until smooth) (they sell carrot juice at whole foods and trader joe’s)
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 (26 ounce) BPA-free carton chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup unsalted, unsulfured dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 leek, chopped
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons no-salt herb seasoning blend, adjusted to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 5 ounces spinach or baby kale
- In a large saucepan, add all ingredients except the cashews, basil and spinach. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove 2 cups of the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Puree the remaining soup with the cashews in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth.
- Return the pureed soup along with the reserved vegetables to the pot.
- Stir in the basil and spinach and heat until spinach is wilted
2. MAMA’S CHILI
- 2 Tbsp water for sautéing + some nearby
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (learn to chop an onion)
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
- 2 cups corn kernels (we used frozen)
- 1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), stemmed, wiped clean, and cubed
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes (Muir Glen Fire Roasted – No Salt Added)
- 3 cups canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 15oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth/stock
- diced avocado and chopped green onion, garnish
- In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic, stirring until soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add zucchini, corn, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and adjust seasoning to taste.
3. THE HERO POT
- A large pot
- 1 red onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 small chunk of ginger
- 1 tbsp ground or fresh turmeric
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 cup red lentils
- ~6 cups filtered water
- ~1/2 cup broccoli
- ~1/2 cup celery
- ~1/2 cup mushrooms
- ~1/2 cup peas
- Lime and avocado to garnish
- Prep ingredients: chop vegetables, mince garlic + ginger
- Sautee onions and garlic in pot in 1/3 cup of water (keep a jug of water nearby to add as needed)
- Add turmeric, lentils, sweet potato, and 5 cups of water and bring to boil for about 10 minutes
- Turn down heat to simmer and add in rest of ingredients to simmer for about 15 minutes
- Take your superhero medicine 😛