There are MANY things that I love about our new home, but the way we have adapted to sitting around the table to eat our evening meals is by far one of my favourites.
In our old house we had a separate dining room with a plush, six seater John Lewis dining set. We barely used it, and instead opted for walking through the dining room and eating our food from a tray on our lap in front of the television.
This was bad habit that I didn’t like and decided that needed to change when we moved. A change that has been for the best for all of us… well most of the time.
You see – there is a problem with everyone sitting around the table at a set time to eat our meal together. There needs to be a MEAL ON THE TABLE.
As most of you know (and I know that a lot of my dear readers are working Mum’s too) I work a fairly full on job, I run my blog and my own social media, I have a small person to keep alive and keep happy, I like to spend time with my husband and I also dedicate two evenings per week to myself too. One evening is for my Slimming World class, and one evening is for my Kettle-bells class.
So between all of this and binge watching my favourite TV shows there usually isn’t a huge amount of time for cooking a slap up meal and the subsequent cleaning up.
What is quick and easy, nutritious and leaves plenty of left overs for lunch the next day?! You guessed it (well it is in the title of this blog post) – SOUP!
There are a few fresh, frozen or freshly frozen food items that don’t tend to get thrown away in our house, because they make the most welcoming additions to soup:
The SEVEN Best Ingredients To Make Soup
- SPEED foods on the Slimming World plan
- Easy to freeze
- Cheap and easy to come by
- Very easily grown (ALL OF THEM) in your back yard at the right time of year
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C and is a very good source of dietary fibre. It is also a great thickener for soups as it doesn’t require much blending and just softens. We also really like the flavour and broccoli had the added benefit of freezing really well.
Cauliflower contains masses and masses of vitamin C. Just what a healthy body needs to warm it through in the winter. It doesn’t taste like a huge amount of anything so is a great addition to any soup (or curry for that matter!).
Bursting with vitamin C and B, garlic is the one of the most potent snot blasting veggies I know (can we call it veggie? It is part of the onion family). A little goes a long way meaning your 30p blub of garlic can spread into many, many dishes.
And lets face it – garlic can add flavour to even the most tasteless of veggie concoctions whilst lowering your blood pressure.
As well you know, I am a massive fan of anything that takes more calories to eat than it contains (I’m not sure if this is true but I heard it on the grapevine). Celery, what there is of it, contains mainly vitamin K. This is the dude that is essential to the blood clotting.
It also has an acquired taste that took me a while to get used to, but now I throw it into most things. Soups, salads, stews, smoothies…
It is also one of the easiest ‘cut up and freeze for a later date’ veggies I know.
Radishes believe it or not, contain calcium! Cream of radish soup is a sneaky way to get plenty of goodness for healthy bones in to little ones that would ordinarily not fancy it.
They can be grown really easily in the garden or on your window ledge at home. They are cheap and easily available in lots of varieties.
I’m not sure how true this is, but when I was pregnant and diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes I was advised to eat a lot of onions because they have a knack of helping the body to regulate blood sugars. My blood sugars were always steady and I managed to control my diabetes with diet alone. I did eat a lot of onions – so this could be true? Worth a try.
Onions are also another great flavour addition and a well known snot buster and blood pressure lowerer.
Courgettes contain no fats or cholesterol. Great for aiding constipation and for settling unhappy tums. We use a lot of these bad boys in ALL soups and also pop them into pasta, quiche and muffins!
There is one more thing that all of these ingredients, when in soup, have in common… they give us a ruddy good excuse to get the bread and butter out… ahem, I mean – use our Healthy Extra B.
Even the dinosaurs approve!
What are your favourite staple ingredients?!
Thanks for reading.
Love and winter warmers,