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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Organizational Soup

Just back from a great weekend in NY city! This is when the soup really starts to hit the fan ;) While I was there I took advantage of the great restaurants and had Indian, Mexican, and French cuisine. Fantastic. I will not return to the island until tomorrow morning and then Chopper and I will put our "soup" plan into place. I actually had soup this morning for breakfast, I hope I'm not blowing my soup steam (how many times can I say soup in this post?) This morning I started with a delicious cup of mixed squash soup from Wholefoods and a 5 grain roll. It was delicious, this soup thing should be fun. But enough talking and more action!

Aside from my soup aspirations I am very excited about my new time management and organizational steps/tasks that I am putting into place. I have been a lot of talk, no action, for a long time in this area. Getting a planner a year ago was SO big for me, that I sort of stopped there. I use it, of course, but perhaps not best for it's capacity. Today, I asked myself, "What can I do to get more organized?" And next, comes answering that question with a list. Then adhering to that list. It feels so great to get it all down on paper, I highly recommend it! It is in these areas that we relieve the daily stresses of life and in turn make healthier day to day decisions. I was so excited and thrilled with the action in the city this weekend, that I didn't feel the need to finish every meal with dessert. So next I will ask myself the question, What can I do to have more action in my day to day life? And then? Make my list.

Proof I was in NY
Beautiful Lambs Wool from the Union Square Farmers Market
That would add color to anyones day!