As you’re reading this, if you chance to look out of your window, you will see the sun blazing outside, and the last thing that you can think of is the fact that winter will soon be upon us. After all, we are pretty much in the middle of November, right?
Winter brings with it the long chilly evenings, when you try to get home as early as you can, so that you can enjoy an evening to yourself with a warm cup of tea? Or even better some homemade soup. There’s something about soup, that’s so heart warming. That may be because of its sheer goodness. There are few things as healthy as a bowl of soup, made from scratch with lots of vegetables and perhaps a bit of chicken stock. For sure, the ‘healthy’ part is severely put to test when you load your soup with dollops of cream or sauté the veggies with a whole liter of oil.
Be smart here, and you will find that your humble bowl of soup is the perfect meal, full of nutrition and low on calories. The great advantage of having a bowl of soup early in the evening is that it is extremely filling, which means you are not tempted into a heavy dinner. Therefore, as you treat your body, and your soul, to a bowl of soup early in the evening, you will have the double pleasure of watching the pounds roll off you.
This is extremely important during the Festive season, where overeating of calorie rich food is par for the course. This is a time when you need to keep your bowl of soup really close at hand. Make sure that you always have a nice, filling mug of soup before you go out to eat or party. This way you won’t be ravenously hungry and therefore you will be able to enjoy the treats laid before you with discretion, instead of gorging on the first plate of chips that you see.
Discretion is the key word here. It will ensure that you really enjoy the festive season, with all the accompanying goodies. Remember eat with caution, and step up your exercise, so that the extra calories are burnt easily. This will free you from the the typical post festivity depression that hits most of us around the first week of January.
Seasons greetings to all of you, as we leave you with a simple and easy soup recipe to start off. Here’s to a lovely, bright and colourful Diwali and festive season.
Mixed Vegetable Soup
Serves: 2 bowls
- 1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (carrot, beans, cauliflower, green peas, sweet corn)
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 2 green chillies chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Coriander leaves for garnishing
- 6 cups water (or vegetable stock)
- 1 tsp corn flour mixed into ½ a cup of milk
- 1 tsp butter
- Salt as per taste
- Heat a thick bottomed pan and add the butter.
- Once the butter melts, add onion, ginger, green chilli and garlic, and stir fry for a minute on simmer.
- Once done add the rest of the vegetables and fry for a few minutes before adding the water or vegetable stock.
- Once the vegetables are cooked, add salt and the corn flour mix and stir well. The soup will thicken a little.
- Remove the pan of soup from the flame and add pepper powder.
- Top with coriander before serving hot.
For more ideas on staying fit, while enjoying the festive season check out our ‘Eat Right When you Eat Out: The Food Court‘ article.
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