If you hadn’t noticed, this blog is a hodgepodge of wisdom on life and parenting and health, pictures of family and babies and friends, writings of stories and poems and random thoughts, and of course, recipes. I refuse to label myself as a mommy blogger, a food blogger, or a writer-blogger.
I just am. Perhaps one day I will decide to occupy one niche, but not today.
Today, I happen to feel like writing about health. More specifically, healthy food because I have found that eating well is one of the biggest favors you can do for your mental and physical health. It’s difficult to be very happy when you are in poor health.
Here’s a valuable tip to those who love good food and also love eating healthy and seasonally: make soup. Preferably soup made with lots of fresh vegetables, spices, and just a bit of fat to make it tasty.
Each year, as summer wanes, the trees shed their leaves and the days become shorter, I become soup-obsessed. There’s nothing better than a hot, hearty soup to warm my tummy and my soul on a cool Autumn day. Usually, the pot of soup will last for at least two or three meals and I don’t have to cook and clean up every.single.second. And soup is one of those rare foods that actually tastes better the next day, after the flavors have had time to marinate and fully mature.
Soup-making is intimidating for some, but I promise it’s not difficult. All you have to do is (sort of) follow a recipe, and I have a few great ones to get you started. In the past several days I have created the following, all recipes I found online and modified how I wanted:
potato and corn chowder made with fresh thyme, fingerling potatoes, and corn from the farm (I did not make the bacon part of this recipe and I did not use exact measurements, for example, I only had 3 ears of corn rather than 7)
spiced lentil and chickpea soup (also with fresh vegetables from the farm)
chai-spiced butternut squash soup with apple cream (I did not use apple cider in the soup, only in the apple cream, and I substituted fennel with leeks)
No matter what changes you make, or whether you serve the soup with fresh bread and butter or with a salad or alongside a main dish, these soups are fragrant, savory and delicious.
What’s your favorite soup? Care to share the recipe?