Friday, November 21, 2014

My Mixed Vegetable Soup Recipe

Soups are making winters warmer. Isn't it? Besides, providing plenty of nutrients, these healthy soups are great way to warm up and have pleasant time with your family.

So here I am ready with another recipe of nutritious soup which I make at home:

Mixed Vegetable Soup

Ingredients of the soup are:

 4 Spring onions, 2 red tomatoes, 5-6 florets of cauliflower, cabbage, 2 capsicum, 5-6 beans, 2 carrots, salt, black pepper powder, soy sauce, vinegar, oil,

Recipe:

1. Finely chop all the vegetables.
2. Heat two spoons of oil of your choice in the wok.                    
3. Add spring onions and saute for a while.
4. Now add tomatoes followed by other vegetables.
5. Saute all the vegetables at low flame till they are half cooked.
6. Add four cups of water, some salt as per taste and stir. Cook for 10 minutes at medium flame.
7.When the vegetables are cooked, add black pepper powder, two spoons soy sauce and a spoon of vinegar. Bring the soup to a boil and then turn off the heat.


Your Mixed Vegetable Soup is ready to serve. Garnish it with coriander leaves, butter/ cheese and serve it with soup sticks for more flavor.

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Tomato soup recipe
Veg Pasta Soup

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tomato soup recipe

Hello everyone,

Vegetable Soups are my favorite especially the tomato soup. My family is also a big fan of this one.  Its filled with goodness of tomatoes and other ingredients which I always include.

Here is my recipe of tomato soup which you can also relish:

Ingredients: 7-8 red and ripe tomatoes, 3-4 carrots, some french beans, few leaves of cabbage and ginger (optional).
Salt, black pepper powder, butter, sugar, coriander leaves for garnishing.


Kids would never come to know that you have added so many veggies to the tomato soup! Add these along with tomato and provide your family maximum advantage of vegetables.

 Method:

Wash all the vegetables. Peel off the carrots and cut them roughly. Now cut all the vegetables into large pieces and place them in a cooker. Put half cup of water, one small spoon of salt and place the lid. Boil them for some time. After 3-4 minutes of one whistle of cooker, switch off the flame.

store soup in glass jar and freeze



Now let the vegetables cool down. Make a puree of the boiled vegetables in a mixer/ food processor and strain them. Now you get a thick paste which you can either use to prepare soup or store in a glass jar and freeze for future use.      

                                 
In a pan, put some thick paste of soup and some water. Add some sugar and black pepper powder according to your taste. ( Note: I prefer sweet-salty taste so I have added some sugar. In case you like the tangy flavor, then do not use sugar.) Bring it to a boil and then serve in a soup bowl. Do not forget to add some cubes of butter ( avoid butter if you wish to lose weight) and leaves of coriander.

Serve the yummy tomato soup quickly and enjoy with your family in winter evenings.



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Benefits of homemade soups

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy to prepare Vegetable soups

Vegetable based soups are filled with goodness of nature. No preservatives, chemicals or artificial colours. When you have them on regular basis, you get plenty of nutrients and energy. Unlike packed soups, homemade vegetable soups are fresh and fulfilling. Furthermore, you can experiment and make changes as per your liking and creativity.

Here are some easy to prepare homemade soups that do not take lots of time and efforts.

Tomato soup                                                     


Tomato soup is one of the most favorite soups among kids and adults alike. This one is very easy to prepare. You can also show some creativity by adding some more ingredients of your choice and garnishing with different things such as cream, coriander, etc. Some like the tangy flavour of tomato soup and some prefer to have sweet-salty taste. Make your own recipe and share it with your family today!




Hot and sour soup
This Chinese soup finds place at every dinner table. Loaded with lots of seasonal veggies and Chinese sauces, the hot and sour soup is perfect for winter evenings when you need some extra energy and enthusiasm to go on.

You may prepare it without using oil and butter to cut down the calories. Though this recipe is originally high on spices, you may alter according to your taste and restrict chillies or chilli sauce to suit your taste buds.


Veg, Talumein Soup
Another Chinese soup which is filled with lots of vegetables, spices and sauces! What sets it apart from other soups is use of noodles. Kids love to eat and drink the soup because of noodles.
If your kids are fussy eaters then make this soup and they would start asking for more. It i a great way to make kids eat vegetables.

The biggest advantage of making Talumein soup at home is that you may delete certain ingredients such as chilli sauce and chilli oil which make the extra spicy. This is not possible with pre-packed soups wherein the spices and flavour are innate.


Lentil soup with vegetables               

To get enough of proteins along with other nutrients, try the lentil soup. Use one lentil or combination of two lentils to make this soup and add vegetables to it. You can add herbs such as parsley and mint to enhance the flavour and nutritional value. The result is healthy and satisfying meal for dinner.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Health benefits of homemade soups for kids

A wholesome diet is a prerequisite for complete development of children. One of the essential ingredients of complete diet of a kid is homemade soup. There is nothing to be amazed about it. Soups indeed have plenty of visible as well as hidden benefits that your kids deserve. If you are still not aware or not sure then read on to find out more about soups.

Nutritional benefits of homemade soups
Homemade soups, especially, constitute of fresh vegetables and ingredients that are full with nutrients. So when your child consume a bowl of soup on daily basis, you can be assured that he/ she gets daily supply of vitamins, proteins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. In addition, these homemade soups have no preservatives and are low in sodium, fats and carbohydrates.

With increasing activity levels and hectic schedules of growing kids, it is important to incorporate healthy eating habits in their lifestyle so that they remain prepared and active at all times. Soups thus fit into their routine very well without taking much time and rendering health benefits in abundance.

Superior option over junk foods
Soups are healthy snacks that contain only health benefits of veggies, legumes, grains and good meat. They are best option for lunches and early evening snacks. These are great appetizers which ensure goodness of nature while side-lining junk foods and foods rich in Trans fats.

When you are ready with your bowl of tasty soup, kids are unlikely to rush to chocolates, chips, aerated drinks, burgers and other high calorie foods. Therefore, you introduce them to healthy eating while taking them far from unhealthy foods without knowing them.

Protection from obesity and other health problems

Vegetable based soups provide ample of benefits to the mind and body of kids. Soups are ideal and delicious meals for obese kids who need to lose weight as these meals are low in carbohydrates and fats. Moreover, many of the gastric issues such as constipation and indigestion can be tackled among kids when they consume healthy homemade soups.             

In case, your child has fallen ill or suffering from cold/cough/ fever then soups are best way to provide quick nutrition as they are easy on stomach and digest really fast.


With so much to gain and nothing to lose, prepare your child’s favorite soup today at home and experience the healthy benefits!