Detox with Soup


I used to associate soup with cold winter days or in Florida when a “cool” front came down from the north and the sweaters were finally taken out from the bottom of the drawer. But, in recent years I have discovered that there’s so many ways to make soup be it blended, chunky, cold, spicy, with grains or even adding in fruit. There’s more than just boring chicken noodle soup!

We tend to use a lot of cream or butter in soup, but it’s not necessary to make it taste good. Soup can really bring out the flavours in vegetables and to make a homemade vegetable stock is so easy to do. You can even freeze the stock and use it as a base for other soups in the future. Making your own vegetable stock means you don’t have all those additives like extra salt, msg, palm oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar or yeast extract. The same goes for pre-made soup or canned soup; plus, when you make soup it goes a long way getting 2 - 3 meals out of it…and it tends to taste nicer the next day.

Soup can also be used in a detox programme allowing the body to easily digest the food and not work so hard while eating. The simmering of vegetables blends their rich flavours as well as their essential vitamins and nutrients. While many diet detoxes and cleanses can leave you hungry, soup can be very fulfilling and reduce hunger cravings due to the high fibre content in vegetables. As part of a detox, you eliminate the common allergens like dairy, soy, eggs, nuts and gluten. This elimination is also good to heal the body especially the gut and assess if your body is affected by any of these foods. Perhaps, you may notice reduced bloating or breakouts. A typical detox programme could look like this: warm vegetable broth or chilled beet soup in the morning, carrot ginger soup for lunch and roasted celeriac and cauliflower soup for dinner. Even if your not detoxing, soup is still a family pleasing, kid-friendly and fulfilling meal for any meal!

Here’s a few soup recipes for your healthy kickstart!

Simple Vegetable Stock

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 3 celery stalks

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 tomato

  • 1 red bell pepper (yellow is best)

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • handful of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 8.5 cups/2 litres water

Instructions:

  1. Roughly chop all vegetables except tomato and add to a large pot.

  2. Mince garlic and add to pot along with the tomato.

  3. Add remaining ingredients to pot and cover with cold water.

  4. Bring to boil and then simmer for 45 minutes.

  5. Allow to cool and strain stock discarding the vegetables.

Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 large onion

  • 4 large parsnips

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes

  • 1 garlic cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or rapeseed oil)

  • 4 cups/900 ml vegetable stock

Instructions:

  1. Roughly chop all vegetables and mince garlic.

  2. Heat oil over medium heat in large pot. Add onion and celery to pot and cook for a few minutes or until onion has soften.

  3. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and cook gently for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add vegetable stock and bring to boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

  5. Remove from the heat and puree the soup with a handheld blender or in a food processor until smooth. If necessary, return the soup to the pan and reheat stirring in the cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper. Top with roasted parsnip and sweet potato strips.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks

  • 6 carrots

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 small white potatoes

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 knob of ginger

  • handful of coriander (cilantro)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or rapeseed oil)

  • 4 cups/900 ml vegetable stock

Instructions:

  1. Roughly chop all vegetables and mince garlic.

  2. Heat oil in large pot and sauté onion and celery until soft. Add small knob of chopped ginger, garlic, carrots and potatoes, cover and allow to sweat for few minutes.

  3. Stir in vegetable stock and coriander leaves, cover and simmer until vegetables are soft. Blend together and add some orange zest for zing and salt and pepper to taste.

I have loads more soup recipes but I’ll have to save them for another time! So, for now let the winter cleansing begin with some warming soup!!

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