Sunday 5 October 2014

Vegetable Soup for the Soul

After a lovely summer, we currently seem to be entering the season of coughs, colds and sickness in our family. All of us have fallen victim to the dreaded sickness lurgy over the last week, and I also picked up a rather nasty cold, which wiped me out for around ten days.

I always find when I'm ill that all I want is someone to put a plate of wholesome, hearty, healthy food on the table in front of me for me to tuck into. Meat Eater's seem to thrive on Chicken Soup to cure all ills, but us veggies obviously need to find a different alternative.

At the point of the week where I felt my worst, and after two days of being sick, all I wanted was to put some "proper food" inside my body. Something which was made from scratch and which had some good nutrients in it was calling out to me. After feeling ill for so long, I decided to make some vegetable soup to try and make me feel better. Eating a meal with some vitamins and nutrients, and which was quite light was a good idea as it made me feel much better.

I have featured the recipe before, under the banner of Tomato Soup, However, you can pretty much add whatever root vegetables you have available to the pot. This time around, I left out the pepper, and added a potato to make the mixture a bit thicker. Here is the recipe below.

What do you like to eat when you are feeling poorly?

1 Onion, peeled & chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 Potato, peeled and chopped
2 Carrots, peeled and sliced
2 Parsnips, peeled and sliced
1 x 400g chopped Tomatoes
700ml Vegetable stock
1 tsp caster Sugar

  1. Fry the onion in the olive oil for a couple of minutes until transparent. Next, add the garlic, carrot, pepper and parsnips and cook for a further 5 minutes
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, bring up to the boiling point and then simmer for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Allow to cool a little, and then puree in a blender and reheat gently to serve.

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