Healthy Soup Instructions

Healthy Soup Instructions

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Equipment Required:

  • Deep Saucepan
  • Oven/Hob
  • Your Ingredients! (full list below)
  • Something to stir with (a spoon, spatula etc)

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Suggested Ingredients:

Choose your ingredients, you’ll need:

Cooking Oil

Use whichever oil you have, We like olive oil, avocado or coconut oil

Stock

You can use a stock cube/stock pot or your own homemade stock if you have it. We’d recommend using a stock that matches your other ingredients, it could be beef, lamb, chicken, vegetable or fish.

Base Veg (optional)

We’d recommend some base veg to flavour your soup. We like: Onions, garlic, celery, shallots.

Vegetables

Pick a range of vegetables (3-4 is a good number) and cut them into even pieces. Our favourites are: Carrot, sweet potato, potato, peppers, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips, squash, swede, cabbage, kale, spinach

Pick a healthy protein (optional)

If you want to add a protein source, cut it into even sized cubes (an inch or so). We’d recommend chicken, other lean meat, bacon, lentils, chickpeas, beans (butter/cannellini/kidney), fish or prawns.

Pick a healthy Carb (optional)

Choose a carbohydrate like noodles, mini pasta or bread. We’d recommend udon noodles, or a chunk of great wholemeal bread. N.B. You might not need one if you’ve put carbs (like potatoes) in the soup already!


Method

  1. Gently fry your base veg in some oil in your saucepan
  2. Add your protein to the saucepan, and fry for a few minutes (if it isn’t already cooked)
  3. Add your chunks of veg to the pot
  4. Pour in 1 litre of stock for each stock cube you use
  5. Reduce the heat, put the lid on the saucepan and simmer for at least 20 minutes
  6. Test the meat and veg to see how cooked it is, leave it a bit longer if you’re not sure (anything up to an hour will be ok)
  7. Serve up with your chosen carb (optional)
  8. More tips below

Tips for cooking:

  • Check if your meat is cooked by cutting into it and making sure it is cooked through
  • You can add your favourite herbs and spices, click on the links for guides about what goes with what. We love using a Bouquet Garni (mix of dried herbs), we even give them out at our events!
  • You can stick the final soup into a food blender if you want a smooth soup
  • You can make it look fancy by drizzling a little olive oil over the top or adding a little creme fraiche and a sprig of parsley

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