Keeping this FOREVER. All look awesome and all are or can be vegan-ized.
Creamy Spinach Soup
Put 1 chopped onion, 2 peeled garlic cloves, 3 cups water and salt and pepper in a pot over high heat. Boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer until the onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add 10 ounces chopped spinach and 1/2 cup parsley leaves; cook until the spinach is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup Greek-style yogurt and purée. Garnish: A spoonful of Greek-style yogurt and chopped parsley.
Substitute 1 tablespoon minced ginger for the garlic and 4 cups chopped butternut squash for the spinach (it will take longer to soften). Skip the parsley and substitute half-and-half or cream for the yogurt. Garnish: A spoonful of cream.
Curried Cauliflower Soup
Substitute 1 tablespoon minced ginger for the garlic, 2 cups cauliflower florets for the spinach (they will take longer to soften), 1 tablespoon curry powder for the parsley and coconut milk for the yogurt. Garnish: Chopped cilantro.
Vegetable Broth With Toast
Put 2 chopped carrots, 2 chopped onions, 1 small chopped potato, 2 chopped celery ribs, 2 garlic cloves, 10 sliced mushrooms, 1 cup chopped tomatoes (canned are fine), 10 parsley sprigs, 1/2 ounce dried porcini, 8 cups water and salt and pepper in a pot over high heat. Boil, lower heat and simmer until the vegetables are soft, 30 minutes or longer. Strain and serve over toasted good bread. Garnish: Chopped celery leaves.
Egg Drop Soup
Beat 4 eggs. Boil the strained stock, lower the heat so it simmers and add the eggs in a steady stream, stirring constantly until they’re cooked, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped scallions, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Skip the bread. Garnish: Chopped scallions.
Boil the strained stock, lower the heat so it simmers and add 3/4 cup white rice. Cook until tender, then add 2 cups fresh or frozen peas; cook for a minute or two. Skip the bread. Garnish: Grated Parmesan
Put 1 1/2 cup dried beans, 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots, 2 chopped celery ribs, 2 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves and 6 cups water in a pot over high heat. Boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the beans are soft, at least 1 hour, adding more water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish: A drizzle of olive oil.
Substitute chickpeas for the beans and rosemary for the thyme and add 1 cup chopped tomatoes (canned are fine). When the chickpeas are almost tender, add 1/2 cup small pasta. Cook until the pasta and chickpeas are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish: A few chopped rosemary leaves.
Spicy Black-Bean Soup
Use black beans and substitute fresh oregano for the thyme. When the beans are done, add 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 dried or canned chipotle and the juice of a lime. Garnish: Cilantro and sour cream.
Sauté 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped celery rib and 1 teaspoon minced garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups cubed potatoes and salt and pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped tomatoes (canned are fine) and 5 cups water. Boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped green beans; simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish: Chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.
Substitute 1 1/2 pounds sliced mushrooms (preferably an assortment) for the potatoes; sauté until they brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Substitute ½ cup white wine for the tomatoes, skip the green beans and add a fresh thyme sprig with the water. Garnish: A few thyme leaves.
Use 2 tablespoons minced garlic and substitute 2 tablespoons tomato paste for the celery. Skip the potatoes and green beans; use 3 cups tomatoes and 3 cups water. Cook the tomatoes for 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish: Lots of chopped or torn basil
All of these recipes serve four, and you’ll want about a 2.5-to-4-quart (medium or large) pot. Most can be cooked for a while — but not so long that the freshness is gone. Most will taste as good or better the next day, so consider making a double batch and refrigerating (or freezing) the leftovers. But never boil a soup after you’ve added dairy to it; instead, reheat gently.
If you want a supersmooth soup (and just about any of these soups can be puréed if you like), use a standing blender — let the soup cool a bit first — which creates a finer purée than an immersion blender does; you might even strain the soup after puréeing it.
Garnishes are all optional, though herbs add a dimension that will be lacking otherwise. If you taste as you’re cooking, you’ll be fine, because there is really nothing to go wrong here.
Reblogging for posterity in mah Tumblr.
I love soup… and now that Fall’s here.. this is perfect.
I agree with my cousin. Perfect for the Fall!! :D I’ll definitely be making these, with the exception of the Egg Drop and the Black Bean. I’m not into eggs and I really don’t like black beans, yuck! I predict my favorite will be the minestrone or the chickpea and pasta… it’ll be a toss-up :D
Yesterday I purchased a Greenpan made with Thermolon. I have got to say that it is THE best pan I have ever owned. No no, it’s not just the best pan I’ve owned, it is THE best NON-STICK pan I’ve ever owned. This morning I made veggie omelets without a single pat of butter, or a single drop of oil. This pan is FANTASTIC, and I would LOVE to replace every pan I have with all green pans.
I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in
serious physical harm being avoided by said pregnant women.
*****If you are thinking, surely she doesn’t mean me- then you should probably read this twice. *******
1. The appropriate response to a happily married couple telling you they are having a baby is “Congratulations!” with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you an &*@!!!
2. Please refrain from telling pregnancy and delivery horror stories to expectant mums AND dads. These people are worried enough and hoping for a happy, healthy baby. They do NOT need to hear about the 17 hour labor of your former sister-in-law’s neighbor and how there were complications etc… Even if everything eventually turned out great and the child is in law school now, horror stories are not fun for expectant parents.
3. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents, friends, siblings,cousins,etc. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase “my baby”. <—— hahaha that doesn’t bother me… too much. The baby will end up staying in MY arms at the end of the day, so yeah, go ahead and say it, we both know it’s not true :D
4. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in the above, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You DO NOT have any input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it. <—- I’m fortunate enough to not have meddlesome or insistent people in my family. They can suggest, and they will, but they will not try to force me to do anything I don’t want to do. :)
5. The body of a pregnant women should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone’s stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman. <—- I don’t really mind. If it’s family, they can touch my stomach all they want unless it is 90ºF then I want NOBODY touching me anywhere lol. Now if it’s a stranger just coming up to me and touching without even asking, then that’s a little weird. It has never happened to me, and I hope it stays that way lol.
6. Likewise, no women wants to hear comments on her weight- EVER. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is huge, about to pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invites her to critique your weight and physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is “You look fabulous!”. Any pregnant woman who receives a comment other than this should reply with “I’m pregnant, what’s your excuse?”
7. By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don’t need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes. <—- meh, you can say it all you want… I know what’s to come.
8. There is a reason that tickets to Labour & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, mother-in-law or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents. <—- YES! Even though nobody has volunteered to be at the birth of my babies, I think I could give birth with nobody in the room, not even a doctor BUT since I am having a c-section (booooo), I’m going to need said doctors and nurses and I definitely will need my Tony with me to hold my hand because the anesthesia makes me shake horribly.
9. I may choose to have a c-section, need one for medical reasons, or experience the horror of an emergency or to prevent complications or harm to myself or my baby. Please note, this will not be “the easy way out”. My belly will be cut into & afterwards I will feel like I’ve been turned inside out. I will have pain just breathing & moving after surgery because everything inside of me will be held together with stitches and staples. So I will soon learn that the pain I avoided during birth will now be dragged out over months in recovery. <—— definitely NOT a way out. If I had the choice, I would try a VBA2C but there are no doctors in my area who support it :(
10. Like everything else is life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labour, delivery, the hospital and the parents home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to “help out”. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it. <—— that sounds really rude, but honestly, I have to agree. Especially since I’ll be having a c-section. I want to be relaxed and I think having my husband at home will be more than enough help. I’m not saying people can’t visit at all, of course they can, but not to stay. Having a c-section will also not make me helpless, I’ll still cook and take care of my girls. My hubby can take care of the rest (heavy lifting, grocery shopping and probably vacuuming).
11. If you are asked to help after the birth (or anytime in the first 6-8 weeks), this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.
12. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less. <—- wow, who wrote this stuff? They sound extremely annoyed by everyone in their lives and MAN do they have the guts to say this stuff lol. Their family must be REALLY meddlesome… yuck!