Easy soup recipes are for everyone.
Go to any reputable restaurant and first up amongst the starters will
be a soup. Why is that we have such a fascination for vichyssoise, and the like?
To start with, why is soup always number one on the menu? Two reasons come to mind. Having been puréed, it's an instant source of energy and satisfaction. If you're famished, first think of an onion and something interesting.
Second, and perhaps more important, if you have a weak diaphragm muscle, that which separates the chest cavity from the abdomen, the stomach may buldge through the diaghragm causing a hiatus hernia.
"First, take an onion, and then make something that will warm the soul."
- from a recipe 6000 years old.
Indigestion and heartburn are often problematic for those with a sensitive stomach, particular if you have a soft white bread roll with it.
The net result, if you drink any fluid, anything, tea, coffee, water, beer, soup at the end of the meal, it has a tendency to regurgitate into the oesophagus, the tube joining your throat to your stomach. A condition known as GERD: Gastro Esophogeal Reflux Disease.
Unlike the stomach, the oesophagus is not protected against the very strong acid in the stomach. The result: indigestion heartburn.
Avoid the hundreds of heartburn drugs. Instead, if you suffer from heartburn, have your soup at the beginning of the meal, and if necessary your coffee too! Have only small sips of water, or any fluid, with your meal. I have my coffee first, but then I'm weird my family tells me! But it saves me from the tummy grumbles in the middle of the night!
The condition is often worse at night, because upright, gravity helps helps keep your soup where it belongs whilst it's being digested: in the stomach. Lie down, and indigestion heartburn sufferers will find the stomach contents seeping into the oesophagus. Pain.
Just type: "side effects of antacids" - go to the Mayo clinic site. You'll be shocked. Bone pain, mood and mental changes, severe constipation, swollen ankles and wrists, muscle weakness...
Back to our easy soup recipes ...
What is soup? Perhaps it's stating the obvious but virtually all easy soup recipes start with an onion and then continue by combining other ingredients, usually meat or vegetables with stock or water. It's then boiled over low heat, extracting the flavour from the meat, or veg.
You get clear and thick soups, and I confess an affection for the latter; so, if you are looking for clear soups, go elsewhere. The thought of straining off the solids and discarding them, goes against the grain with me, though I suppose you could use the strained solids in another dish. For me, thick soups...
The French are the experts, and so you get bouillons and consommés, bisques and Veloutés and the like. But then we are not talking simple soup recipes. And often they now cease to belong to what I describe at Slow Healthy Foods, made fast. The French love to add cream and eggs, and the like...
"Good manners is the noise you don't make when you're enjoying your soup."
Canned soups have horrific amounts of salt added; and that does have a moderate effect on blood pressure. What's odd though is that no salt recipes actually increase blood cholesterol, insulin resistance and markedly increase heart disease.
Making these slow soups, made fast, enables you to keep control of the amount of salt in your diet.
I use two basic stocks, the one easy, the other rather more tricky... I like them both because they are rich in the glucosamine chondroitin sulphate that your hyaline cartilage desperately needs. That's the stuff that lines the bones in your joints: neglect it and you get arthritis... rather think chicken bones bouillon and fish oil health benefits.
GI gives you a measure of how rapidly a carbohydrate is absorbed into
the blood stream. High glycemic index foods give your body an insulin rush; that's the
hormone that stores fat. So they should be kept to a minimum. You may be concerned at the so called instant source of energy and satisfaction, if you have a diabetic tendency, but these are still well within the normal limits.
Whilst our easy recipes will provide you with plenty of energy, and warm the soul and the stomach, they still have a low glycemic index.
For example, making lentils which have a GI 30 into a lentil soup only raises the glycemic index to 44; that's still very low.
Tomatoes have a very low GI at 15. Making them into a soup raises it considerably to 38, but it's still well within the definition of low glycemic index.
To the easy soup recipes ...
For those of you with the time, and the yen, you can make these pretty-pretty, but my focus is on healthy food, made fast, getting us away from the fast food dinners that busy people are now buying on a daily basis from the supermarkets. Fast, expensive, filled with hydrogenated oils, preservatives, flavour enhancers, stabilisers and all that other crap, excuse my language, but I feel strongly about it.
That stuff I feel sure is at the root of many of the cancers and auto-immune diseases that are sweeping our Western World. I don't want to get cancer, and I'm committed to helping you avoid it too...
These recipes you can make fast, but if you are having guests to dinner, take a little more time, sprinkle them with chives, or finely chopped parsley benefits, and even a dollop of cream if you know that your guests' blood cholesterol is in good shape.
For a thickening, I hate to add refined corn or wheat meal; a tablespoon of this healthy hummus recipe will give your easy soup recipes some substance; or just a handful or blended chickpeas.
Really hummus is so easy to make; it takes only five minutes once you've got the ingredients and rhythm; I make it twice a week and it blends in so well with many dishes. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are number two in the list of foods that lower cholesterol; do you know what number one is?
Easy soup recipes is about healthy, slow food made fast.
1. MUSHROOM SOUP RECIPES
particularly rich in Selenium, an anti-oxidant mineral generally in
short supply, and strongly associated with protection against the most
common serious male cancer of the prostate. It definitely qualifies for
our Healthy Food MADE FAST menus. Simple to make. A world-wide
favourite, why mostly only enjoyed in high brow restaurants?
MUSHROOM SOUP RECIPES ... so easy to make at home too.
2. GREEN BEAN AND LENTIL SOUP ... good enough for Andre Agassi before a match, good enough for me! GREEN BEAN AND LENTIL SOUP ...
If you're a gardener save bean seeds incidentally; they are so rewarding and simple to grow.
Enjoy vichyssoise, also known as Irish potato leek soup just across the sea, cold with a drop of cream and a sprinkle of chives... or hot on a chilly night.
4. BROCCOLI SOUP RECIPES ... full of anti-cancer
Broccoli can only be described as a wonder food and makes a perfect fit for our easy soup recipes. Full of anti-cancer substances, rich in anti oxidant vitamins and minerals, it should be on your menu EVERY WEEK. Not convinced? Take a look at these Broccoli Facts. Scroll down for Broccoli Soup Recipes.
5. BUTTERNUT SOUP RECIPE ... definitely my favourite easy soup recipe
6. ASPARAGUS SOUP RECIPES
7. CAULIFLOWER SOUP RECIPE ... just good stuff
Cauliflower has no particular remarkable nutrient qualities but like all veg it's rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, surprisingly low in calories, and a little dull, so we dicky it up here with a little curry and yoghurt.
And cream, if your cholesterol is like mine, disgustingly low! Despite eating quite a high fat diet, and too much butter I confess. It's all about balance. Visit our Easy Soup Menu for recipes every week, and I guarantee your cholesterol will also drop.
8. SALMON AND BROCCOLI SOUP ... a wonder for your joints
9. Omega-3 rich FISH SOUP ... protect your heart
A good friend has just gone for a triple bypass operation. A non-smoker, not over-weight, fit what went wrong? I'm not on top of all the facts, but the surgeon said his heart arteries were clogged with atherosclerosis. Perhaps it was a side effect of the anti inflammatory drugs he was taking for a very difficult Scheuermann's disease ... Think Omega-3, think fish soup.
10. TOMATO SOUP ... love your prostate
Research proves that a tomato-a-day will reduce the chance of getting prostate cancer by a massive 50%. There's a suggestion that cooked it's even more effective. This easy soup recipe should be on the home menu at least once a week. An impotent man in the house is not something to be relished...
11. TOSCANINI CELERY SOUP ... calm your nerves
The maestro demanded an easy soup recipe before every concert: only his celery soup would calm his nerves. Celery, when did you last bite into a stick of celery or enjoy a dish like this Toscanani Celery Soup. It's anti-arthritis properties alone, never mind what the fibre will do for your gummed up colon... and the flavour? Something to die for, he wasn't such an ol' fart. A genius.
Some like it hot, and I'm one of them; especially as the capsaicin in jalapenos is strongly anti inflammatory. Add one of my favourite herbs, healthy cilantro that grows like a weed in our mild climate, and you have a winner.
13. Creamed spinach soup
Any dish with a generous helping of spinach is going to be super healthy. Just ask Popeye. At our fresh spinach recipes you'll find this delicious creamed spinach soup.
After radish, spinach is probably the easiest vegetable to grow; in the mild climate the plants often go on bearing for years; not in Chicago though where I did my chiropractic training.
All these vegetables need plenty of irrigation; think about harvest rainwater; thanks to a our large underground reservoir we use no municipal water.
Asbestos fibers that are ingested or inhaled can be lodged in the body, causing infections or swelling and ultimately lung and bowel cancer. If you're a smoker too, it's deadly; double trouble. Are you on a municipal supply using aging asbestos pipes? That would spoil your easy soup recipes. That's why we have built our own rain water harvesting reservoir.
And if you really want to join the green journey, then it's also time to think of building a solar farm at your home. On a new roof I'd consider Elon Musk's solar roof tiles. For our established home it meant erecting photovoltaic panels.
14. Bernie's beetroot soup
Bernie's beetroot soup, generally known as a borscht from its home in Poland, is like most of these recipes so simple to make. What's a little different perhaps is a couple tablespoons of vinegar.
I do whatever I can to replace red meat with legumes; we have had a heap of cancer patients in our family; they died in misery and I don't want to die that way. This chickpea soup recipe is delicious and so simple.
These easy lunch recipes are really meant for the packed lunch, but you can just as easily adapt them for your family, and even guests. Did you know that you can make hummus at home in only 4 minutes? I make it every week.
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