Easy Soup Recipes
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Soups with Poultry or Meat
A must in your Frugal Foodie life is of course good and easy soup recipes.
Soups are known all over the world. Every country at least has one or two signature soups to offer. You might be surprised how many you know. Come on, do the test! Name a country and think of one! France? Onion soup. Italy? Minestrone. America? Clam chowder. Belgium? Waterzooi. Let's crank it up a bit. Morocco? Harira. Greece? Avgolemono. Familiar with the Asian flavors? Japan maybe? Miso. Vietnam? Pho. China? Shark fin. Last but not least: Thailand? Tom kha kai! There are so many and easy soup recipes worldwide. The soup list is endless considering that many soups also have some local variations.
One thing is clear: soup must be one of the world's oldest meals. From the moment fire was invented, one pan watery and more solid stews were prepared resulting in soups. Meat, vegetables and grains were cooked and boiled together.
Not surprisingly soups become more and more part of our menu the closer we get to the winter days. How's that? What's even more heart warming than a steaming hot bowl of solid homemade comfort food when it dark and freezing outside. It's the perfect picture to enhance the feeling of a cozy home.
Our easy soup recipes are so simple! What are the basic ingredients? Water or stock, vegetables to your choice, pepper, salt and maybe a bit of cream or butter to combine all flavors. As you already figured out, the total cost is very low. Vegetable or chicken stock works just fine. To give your winter soup even more depth you can add beef stock as well. Stock cubes are perfect. They are easy to store and handy to use because they are wrapped separately. You can also decide to use only water and add salt to taste.
Extra tip: use seasonal vegetables. They are cheap because of their
availability. Need any help? Here are a few autumn and winter vegetables
to look out for: parsnip, squash, pumpkin, celeriac, cabbage, beetroot,
mushrooms, endives... Dried pulses such as lentil and peas are popular
too but mostly available the whole year through. Don’t forget our soup's
best friend: garlic! It works as a flavor enhancer and gives your soup
that extra earthy touch. Season the soup with enough pepper and salt to
taste. You can either mix the soup and make it more like a velouté or
serve it with the chunky vegetables.
Too much vegetables or soup? Keep them in your freezer for buzzy days.
Prepare or reheat your soup, add pasta or some leftover chicken or keep
it simple with some fresh bread on the side. This is not only frugal but
simple, quick and awfully tasty as well! An extra advantage soup and
bread have: it fills and heats your stomach and gives you a pleasant and
satisfied feeling. You feel full after one or two bowls but it feels
like you've eaten tens of them. This makes soup the perfect meal for
anyone who wants to loose a few pounds. Soup is full of vitamins,
energy, fibers but low in calories, cholesterol and fats.
Not only big kids but smaller kids sometimes like soups more than a plate full of yucky vegetables. Add something to make it even more appetizing: a pasta alphabet or spider meatballs (pierce raw meatballs with spaghetti to make legs and cook them in the soup). A guaranteed winner! And a fun way to make them eat their 'greens'.
There's other kinds of soups besides vegetable soup as well. For instance: clear soups like broths, consommé and bouillon. They don't contain vegetables but only their flavors. After boiling the liquid is sifted through a colander and served as a clear soup. Sometimes meat, pasta, noodles, rice or pancakes are added to give it an additional bite for example the Italian 'tortellini in brodo' or the Austrian 'fritatenzuppe'. The origin of these clear soups is simple: in earlier times old bread was soaked in hot water and eaten as a meal. Later on salt and other herbs and flavors were added.
This book is a great inspiration source for easy soup recipes:
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