My winter warming veg soup comes out when it’s really cold outside. Yesterday it hit -3 degrees Celsius and today it’s raining like someone just poked a hole in the sky. So, out the soup came.
The winter weather has been quite turbulent and extra cold this year, so the boys are in need of something warming in-between their meals, which will heat up their cold, rundown bodies after a long stretch during the winter school term. This February half term, they’re resting and hibernating with mummy, as well as eating a daily dose of fresh homemade food. Also, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I’ve included this soup as the starter to my ‘Three-Course Valentine’s Day Meal for a Tenner” because it’s easy peasy to make and it’s packed full of nutrition to fight off the cold with a punch. Only 5 ingredients!
This winter warming veg soup includes one potato, three carrots, a quarter head of broccoli, one red onion and a tin of chopped tomatoes. And, you know what? The sweetness of the carrot and red onion, teamed with the tang of the chopped tomatoes, the heartiness of broccoli and the earthiness of the potato, means this soup tastes pretty awesome on its own anyway.
But, to warm it up, I’ve included some nice flavours to the mix; 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp of cumin, just over 1/2 a tsp of sea salt and 1 tsp of flax seed (for a boost of fibre and omega 3-s). This combination of seasoning turns the hearty veg soup into a warm-up-your-body winter soup. Of course, you can add pretty much any seasoning you want, but if you want warmth, the above seasoning combo is a pretty good shout.
This recipe requires a blender or a food processor. I have a Nutribaby+ Babymoov, which is brilliant (it is a super nifty and powerful machine. I will be writing up a review of this Nutribaby+ Babymoov soon, so I’ll link to it here when I have) because I can steam the veg and then transfer them to the steamer – it’s actually what the Nutribaby+ Babymoov is intended to be used for, so if you have babies that are in the weaning stages, then you really should consider getting this steamer/steriliser/food processor combo.
Onto the recipe!
- 1/4 Head Broccoli
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Large Potato
- 3 Carrots
- 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 tsp. Paprika
- 1 tsp. Flax Seed
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp. Cumin
- Chop up all the veg into small chunks and add to a a steamer for 15 - 20 minutes until cooked through and soft
- Transfer the veg into a steamer, along with the tin of chopped tomatoes and the seasoning
- Serve with a pinch of fresh coriander or British Coriander Leaf on top
- This soup is best served ASAP, but if you have to store it, make sure you store in an airtight container to risk it congealing or setting.
- Add a dollop of coconut milk or coconut milk yoghurt on top for a creamier texture - tastes delicious!
For another body warmer, try this creamy carrot and celeriac soup, which blogger Jess Eats and Travels made in aid of the charity for homeless young people, Centrepoint.
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