5 Delightful Autumn Soups To Stimulate Your Senses
Earlier this month, we discussed 7 Ways to Consciously Prepare for Fall. One noted aspect of that preparation includes food therapy that consists, in part, of hearty soups that boost your immunity, warm your body, and acclimatize your system to the changing temperatures. The history of soup as an economical, delicious, and nutritious way of providing warmth and sustenance to people of all walks of life was also beautifully covered in last week’s blog on Cooking for Disaster Relief. As Barbara Massaad, food writer, author, and president of Slow Food Beirut, told The Wellness Project: “Soup feeds the body and the soul, and all people can relate to its benefits all over the world.” As such, it feels pretty fitting that we actually share some recipes to get you in your soup-cooking groove. So without further ado, here are our 5 favourite soup picks for Autumn.
1. Carrot Coconut Soup
Photo Source Credit: bon appétit https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/carrot-coconut-soup
This spicy Thai-inspired soup is a perfect and easy staple that’s sure to keep your sinuses clear and your beta-carotene levels high enough to adjust to the dimming light and earlier-encroaching evenings. With just a handful of ingredients and under 20 min. of prep time before it sits to simmer on the stove, this is perfect to make in bulk and freeze for those days when you just want to kick back and heat something up. Find the full recipe at bon appétit!
*Vegetarian? Replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Low spice tolerance? Moderate the Thai chilli to your liking!
2. Creamy Vegan Cauliflower and Leek Soup
Photo Source Credit: Elizabeth Rider https://www.elizabethrider.com/10-hearty-soup-recipes/
This ‘nutritional powerhouse’ is a delectable recipe, courtesy of Elizabeth Rider, that packs all the silky punch of soups containing cream, but without any of the dairy. How, you ask? The Cauliflower! Pureed cauliflower creates a spectacular texture, and happens to also be full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. Exactly what you need to keep the germs scurrying away this season. It’s also easy peasy, with only 15 min. prep, 35min cook time, and straightforward ingredients. What’s not to like? Find the recipe right here.
3. Miso Brown Rice Congee
Photo Source Credit: Kimi Harris https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/recipe-miso-brown-rice-congee
Another simple but flavour-and-nutrition-packed soup, this traditional Congee recipe (popular in many Asian countries) comes out of Kimberly Harris’ cookbook Ladled: Nourishing Soup for All Seasons. With a rice and broth base, this recipe in particular focuses on live-culture miso (a great probiotic, source of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds!), wakame (a seaweed), and a ginger-kick too. Harris also suggests some great toppings, so check out the full recipe right here. and if you love it, you can grab the entire cookbook here.
4. Spicy and Healthy Chicken Soup
Photo Source Credit: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spicy-healthy-chicken-soup
Another wonderful recipe from bon appétit, we all know that chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food and cold-soother. This is the recipe we know and love but with a jalapeño twist, a pinch of ginger, a sprinkling of herbs, a trickle of lime, and some seasonally-inspired squash and cabbage greens to boot. Doesn’t that make your mouth water? You can find the full recipe right here.
5. Artichoke Soup
The first recipe in Barbara Massaad’s book, Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity, is an Artichoke Soup creation of Alexis Couquelet. Composed of mushrooms, artichoke hearts, onion, potato, and cream, this beautiful balance of flavours has the added benefit of bringing you major doses of dietary fiber, protein, and antioxidants. While we can’t feature the entire recipe here, we encourage you to get access to it and dozens more by buying the book at your local bookstore or online! Contributing to this amazing project will warm both your belly and your heart, or as Alexis Couquelet says in the book:
“We at Couqley decided to participate in this noble project to show the world that despite the daily acts of cruelties in our war-torn region, there are people who care about other people. There are people who value humanity over politics, power, war, and destruction. There are people who want to help other people just because they are human and that’s what humans must do” (p.31).
Well said, Alexis, well said.
And that’s all for now folks. We hope you enjoy these. Do let us know in the comments, because we love hearing from you! But just one final note before we go: Whenever it is possible for you to do so, choose local, seasonal, organic produce, and hormone-free, antibiotic-free, ethically-raised meats. Good for your body and for the environment too, right? Till next time!