Time for hearty warming soups
“Between soup and love the first is better,” goes an old Spanish saying.
And what’s not to love about soups? These easy-to-eat treats are among the most appetising and versatile of dishes. They can be light introductions to dinner for family or friends, hearty lunches with a sandwich or a roll or a quick snack after school. They are favourites the world over. With vegetables, meats, herbs, stocks, lentils, beans and/or grains, soups are nourishing and comforting on cold winter days.
Want a thick and creamy soup without the cream or a flour and water paste? Try these healthy thickening substitutes.
Drain and rinse a can of beans— kidney, cannellini or butter— then pure´e. Stir into soup and enjoy the added protein.
Tip a cup or so of soup into a blender and pure´e, until smooth. Return it to the saucepan and heat through.
Pure´e tofu until smooth and add to your simmering soup just before serving.
Grains such as quinoa, barley or cornmeal will absorb liquid and swell to thicken soup.
Mashed potatoes, pumpkin or kumara are also favourite soup thickeners. Dress up soups with garnishes: Petite slices of toasted French bread or croutons. Taco chips. Adollop of salsa or pesto. Crumbled crisp-cooked bacon Diced smoked chorizo. Sprigs of fresh herbs or chopped fresh herbs.
Aswirl of sour cream, cream or yoghurt. Adrizzle of avocado oil. Diced or julienned red or green capsicums.
Finely grated cheese such as parmesan.
Quick roasted capsicum soup
coriander.— Serves 6
Chicken and ginger soup
CREAMY: Hot, healthy and gloriously garnished . . . soup makes winter almost worth waiting for.