Love it or hate it, it's soup time!

soup

 

It is one of those love - hate relationships.  Time to make soup – that is great.  But, unfortunately ‘time to make soup’ is a reflection of the falling temperatures.  Not so exciting.

Not only is it a great way to get warm, but it’s also a nutritious and tasty meal for your family.  When you cook vegetables as soup, you are keeping the water soluble vitamins (like Vitamin C and B vitamins) in your meal – instead of pouring them out with the cooking water, they stay in your meal.  You can do a 'fridge clean-out' to make your soup, but you will get a lot better flavour if you use fresh, quality vegetables.

And, it's versatile - make it ahead of time, make a large batch, and keep it in the fridge or freeze it.  A great 'no guilt' option for those busy nights.

Here are a couple of recipes to get you going.  Now, alter the  vegetable size accordingly – for those who want chunks, do exactly that.  For my nearly-2-year-old, small-ish chunks are easy for him to get on his spoon himself.  Older ones – I find it better to ‘hide’ the vegetables more, and therefore grate them.  Or even more – blend the soup once it is cooked.

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started.

Good old vegetable soup: Grandma’s vegetable soup

Or for more of a meal, with noodles added:  Vegetable and Noodle soup

Keep warm and enjoy!