Saturday, January 24, 2009

Soupah Dupah (preparing for 10 day soup diet)

We never held an official kickoff, but we are officially in soup-ville.

The rules:
  1. Soup 3 meals a day. Breakfast may mean "oatmeal" soup. To make this you add just a little more milk.
  2. Snacks between meals are nothing but smoothies or treats that are blended.
  3. Bread with soup: Today I will make homemade bread which will be the only bread we will have to accompany our soup. The bread will be rationed, as in a limited amount to last the 10 days, so that a choice will need to be made. Will I have bread with this soup or wait?
I believe this is it for "rules". I have made a few soups in the last few days which have all been delicious and I am excited to share the recipes with you. I have started to feel a bit under the weather so soup has perfect timing.

First things first preparation. Something I hadn't considered, 15-30 soups takes a lot of ingredients! Because I usually make soup from whatever I have lying around to actually buy with the intention of a lot of soup, this took a big shop.

For lunch soups, a meal when we need things moving a little quicker, I bought the Trader Joes Broth Boxes. Below is a Creamy Tomato and Butternut Squash. These stand great alone, but I always like to Doctor them up a bit for more flavor and nutritional value.
My cupboards are stocked as is the fridge and freezer, hopefully this will make meals for 10 days and then some

A few tricks of the trade. When I make vegetable juice, I use the pulp leftover to make stocks, by transferring the pulp to a pot of water and simmering for about a 1/2 hour. Usually I'll add some garlic or onion to the pulp. Then I pour the stock in ice cube trays, each tray is about 2 cups. This makes storing stock really easy. Another trick? I always peal and freeze ginger root when I buy it. This way it keeps and it is really easy to add to meals. It grates very easily when frozen and makes a very finely grated ginger that you don't end up biting into when eating your soup or stir-fry.
Below a TJ's Corn and Roasted pepper broth with julienned vegetables, spinach, and bell pepper.

A miso soup. Sweet white miso. Cabbage. Wakame (seaweed). Tofu. Scallions. Sesame seeds.
very quick, very simple, very delicious. Just boil water and add ingredients. Each bowl gets about a Tablespoon of Miso which will dissolve into the broth.
Chop Chop enjoying his soup at lunchtime.


Bethany said...

Great pics and tips. Soups look delicious.
I wish you could come cook for me.

Anonymous said...

Persephone, watch out for those boxed soups, I found that they have cane sugar as one of the ingredients.

persephone said...

Thank you and good point! They do have sugar in the ingredient list, and I usually do not buy them for this reason. However I did concede for this, I have very low amounts of added sugar in my diet and this is why I add so many vegetables (it was a matter of convenience unfortunately). But it's definitely important to look out for and I appreciate you pointing out because readers should be aware!