Everyone I’ve talked to in the last week or so has at least one person in their house who’s sneezing, coughing, hacking, and otherwise feeling miserable. Both of the Sis sisters have been plagued as well. In my house, all four of us fell to this school born scourge. And so, while appetites have not been hearty around here lately, we do seem to agree on the goodness of soup. All soup, any soup, warm wonderful soup. The fact that we had our first TRUE cold weather of the season only made the call for soup more compelling.
I’m assuming we are not the only coughers and hackers out there, so I thought I’d pause for a moment to do a bit of a soup tour. But why, you might wonder, why worry so much about soup recipes when there is nearly an entire aisle full of prepared soups waiting for me at the grocery store? There are many reasons why we prefer homemade to “factory” soup (my nephew’s designation). Canned soup is extremely high in sodium, when the label says low sodium, it means it’s lower than the salt lick next to it. Canned soup also contains MSG (a good one to avoid according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest) even when it says it doesn’t, apparently. Canned soup contains a plethora of unnecessary preservatives and unusual ingredients (like monster carrots and celery) that are in that can solely because it is a highly, and violently processed, canned food. Finally, canned soup is expensive. No, it’s not the most expensive thing you can buy, but compared to homemade soup, which can be one of the most frugal meal choices you can make, it costs a fortune.
So for all you coughers and hackers, all you frugal home cooks, all you folks who are feeling the first signs of winter, I bring you Soup De Doo!
Soups for Healing
1. Cold Kickin’ Soup - My go to choice for headcolds and other respiratory yuck.
2. Shweet Potato Stew – Super soothing anti-inflammatory sweet potatoes with fantastic flavors.
3. Lentil, Mushroom and Sweet Potato Soup - Warming broth with healing mushrooms and anti-inflammatory sweet potatoes. Greens for added nutrish and power protein lentils.
Crock Pot Wonders
1. Slow Cooker Vegetable, Bean and Barley Stew - So easy, so delish.
2. Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup (DF) – You know you miss that tomato soup – you don’t have to.
3. Slow Cooker Creamed Lentil Soup – A surprising and simple slow cooker soup.
1. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup - Roasting the veggies brings out their sweetness.
2. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup - Wild rice is so great in soup – never mushy.
3. Bellywarming American Black Bean Soup – We always think of Southwest flavors for black bean soup – this twist reminds us that black beans are very versatile.
Ready for a great big bowl of soup? I know I am (sniffle, hack, cough). Be well, and get better before the gathering extravaganza begins!