The heat and humidity of summer have given way to the cold and damp of autumn and pre-winter weather. It is time to alter eating habits and eat for the season: cold weather and soups go together well.
Soup makes for a great meal. It often contains all macronutrients (i.e. fat, protein and carbs), is nutritious and nurturing. It’s easy-to-make, adaptable to a wide variety of tastes and a great way to keep up your hydration levels.
- If using prepared soup, opt for low-sodium. Add fresh veggies to the soup when heating it through to up your veggie quotient.
- Use scraps from cutting veggies to make your own soup stock. Add a teaspoon of miso paste or marmite for an added flavour element.
- Invest in a hand-held blender to make puréed soups.
- Busy life? Toss all ingredients into a crock pot in the morning and enjoy a hot soup when you arrive home from work/school.
- A thermos is an environmental and budget friendly option that allows you to bring a comforting soup along with you wherever you go.
- Starches such as potato, rice and cashews help to thicken a soup without the use of high-fat dairy/non-dairy cream.
- Magic ingredients that all soups must contain for optimum flavour: onion, garlic, salt and thyme.
- Stumped for soup ideas? Just about anything goes with soup. Be inspired by your favourite salad ingredients, signature dishes from various cultures around the globe or simply search the internet.