I’ve started to step up my ‘anti-cancer’ diet, and I’ve made two different soups back to back this week.
Tonight, I did a chicken/onion/garlic/lots of fresh ginger/potato/carrots/broccoli with a little fresh mushrooms soup.
I really don’t like mushrooms, but they’re super good for you so I’m forcing myself to put them in my soups once in awhile.
What I like so much about making homemade soups,
is that you can put things in it that you don’t like (like, spinach and mushrooms–yuck!),
but when you cook it all together, the flavors blend nicely so you don’t really taste the things you don’t like to eat.
Yesterday, I made a beef and carrot/celery/broccoli/spinach/red pepper/onion/garlic/ginger soup that was really good. I don’t like spinach or red peppers, but in the soup you don’t taste them too much.
Tonight’s soup was mostly just chicken and potatoes…I’ve been really into potatoes lately…they’re so yummy, and they’re full of all of these vitamins and minerals. Especially the peels–so I wash the potatoes carefully, then just cut them up and put them into the soup, peel and everything.
(And before I serve it, I always put a little Grape Seed Oil into the bowl–David *hates* the oil floating on top, but our bodies need oil in order to process certain vitamins in the vegetables, and GS oil doesn’t effect the flavor of the soup. I also use GS oil in my fruit smoothies too.)
It takes about 2 hours total to make, but that’s because I boil the chicken with onion/garlic/fresh ginger and some chicken stock for 30 minutes at a hard boil, then I add the rest of the ingredients, then let it simmer…I usually have to add more water and chicken stock at some point…I always forget how much the vegetables absorb the water as they cook, and how much water boils off….
It’s a very easy 2 hours, and it’s very therapeutic and calming…it’s easy to watch TV or talk with David about his day at school while I’m cooking it, and because I’m just washing, cutting, and throwing everything into a big pot, there isn’t too much thinking involved…just calming 🙂