After a long, cold winter spring is right around the corner. With a bit of luck, the weather will be better right up until later in the year. While most of us are keen to pack up our winter warmers and bust out the spring dresses, since it’s the final stretch we might as well try to enjoy the last of the cold weather. And what better way to do so than with a warming bowl of soup? While it’s of course something you can have at any time in the year, it’s far more special on a chilly winter’s day than it is in the middle of summer.
All you really need is a good blender- sites like Healthy But Smart can help you to decide the best one to go for- and a few basic staples such as stock cubes and dried herbs. From there you can purchase some fresh veggies and get preparing these tasty, healthy recipes. They are just perfect for this time of year!
Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper
Tomato soup is a classic, but the addition of red pepper gives it a greater depth of flavor and works incredibly well. Cut tomatoes in half and place them cut side down on a roasting tray with some sliced red pepper, an onion cut into wedges and some cloves of garlic and drizzle with some olive oil. Cook until everything is roasted and tender. Add the soft veggies to a blender along with some vegetable stock- add it slowly until the mixture reaches the perfect ‘soup- like’ consistency. You could add some chilli and herbs of your choice along with salt and pepper and then transfer back into a saucepan to heat. Add a swirl of cream or creme fraiche if you like to add richness, and serve with some hearty bread. The perfect way to warm up after
Anything Goes Veggie Soup
We all buy vegetables with the best of intentions, but even the most careful amongst us can end up with waste. This is unfortunate, not only is it a waste of money but it’s harmful to the environment too. Having some go-to recipes to minimize food waste is always a good idea, and this soup is just the thing for the job. If you have any miscellaneous veggies left over at the end of the week, boil them up and add them to the blender. Onions, celery, carrots, butternut squash, garlic, just about anything goes. Add some boiled potato or sweet potato to thicken the mix, along with herbs of your choice. A great way to use leftover fresh herbs (which spoil quickly) otherwise add whatever you fancy from your dried herb selection. Blend it all together again with some stock and you have an extremely healthy and tasty dish.
Leek and Potato Soup
For a super hearty and filling soup, you can’t go wrong with leek and potato. Trim and carefully wash the leeks, making sure to wash downwards to avoid rinsing any grit back into the stalks. Then saute them in butter with some chopped onion, and add to the blender with your soft boiled potatoes. Blend with some milk until you reach the right consistency, and season with salt and plenty of pepper. You can add herbs of your choice too, chives work well. Again swirl in some cream or creme fraiche for a luxurious extra and enjoy.