I’ve bumped into tons of people over the last few days that have succumbed to that first batch of Autumn/Winter viruses. Offices, stores and public spaces seem to breed them and pass them around; it doesn’t matter how healthy you are – occasionally you get sick. Personally, my sinuses are always clogged up when the weather turns colder, and the central heating is first switched on. The best thing that you can do is to take it a little bit easy and keep your fluid consumption up -no not alcohol! Fruit juices, water, smoothies (no milk that just makes more mucus, as far as I can tell) and soup. The idea is to make sure that you are replacing any liquids that you are losing so that you remain hydrated but that you also take in a burst of nutrients that will power you through it.
So are you feeling under the weather or just need some cheering up as the winter heads our way? Here, are some good veggie soups that really pack a punch and will help you on your way to feeling much better!
I have actually just made this soup; I can smell it from here and it smells delicious. I’m going to serve it with some lovely sesame seed encrusted bread from the Turkish store on the corner. My eldest daughter and her boyfriend both have stinking colds, hope this will perk them up! Ed. That went down really well they thought it was gorgeous.
Now this one surprised me, I am very fond of traditional leek and potato soup, so I was not entirely sure that the ginger would add much value to the whole dish. However, being the time of year where a little fortification is required, I thought I would give it a go. Do not try this with regular potatoes! Sweet potatoes are obviously the magic ingredient that makes this flavour blend work.
Comfort food is often the answer when you are under the weather and this particular soup reminds me of growing up in the 1970’s. I used thin strips of smoked tofu – not the chunks that you see in the picture alongside this recipe. Warming, comforting, wholesome, packed full of nutrients and delicious with some bread with olive or sunflower spread.
Taking yourself back in time and recalling memories of great holidays can really pick up when we are feeling blue or ill. Visual reminders like looking through photographs can be great, but I find that smell and taste are much better senses for evoking memories. Corn Chowder (my eldest daughter would opt for clam) evokes some of my best holiday memories. The best Corn Chowders I have ever had were from San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan. I love this recipe, which can be adapted to suit the entire family – veggies and clam-o-holics alike!
The above soups are some of my favourite, nourishing, comfort foods for when the cooler weather starts to set in, and you feel that you need something to fortify your spirits. What are the soups that you turn to for this or do you eat something else? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.