Although I can still enjoy a nice salad at lunchtime, a soup, either from the Vita-Mix, the pressure cooker (both super fast) or the pot nourishes our body and soul and helps to to keep us warm on cold nights. Certainly for me, soup brings back nurturing childhood memories, and I guess that a good homemade soup is more than the meal. I think it is love in a bowl.
When it comes to speed there is nothing to beat the Vitamix raw soups, that are so tasty and simple to make. It takes less than 5 minutes to make a Vitamix soup from start to finish.
My next option is to make a quick (cooked) soup in a pressure cooker. It is best to avoid using an aluminium pressure cooker, so rather pay the extra and buy a stainless steel model. I just throw various combos of vegetables, herbs, spices and non-MSG seasoning into the pressure cooker, add some boiling water and give it 5 minutes after the pressure is up. Then pour the contents into the Vitamix jug and blend to smooth or chunky as desired.
The third option is cooking the soup in a pot. Now, I am not in favour of leaving soup to cook for hours and hours until all the vitamins have evaporated. Unless you are including potato in the soup, bring the vegetables to the boil, put the lid on, switch the stove off and let it stand for 10 minutes, then heat to the desired temperature and blend. Voila! Ready in minutes and the nutrients are not all destroyed.
Since soups are mainly liquid, they are also easy to digest and very slimming (providing you leave out fats and oils). They are also a great way to get everyone to eat more vegetables that are not identifiable. 🙂
Warm your body and soul with these delicious soup recipes.
Raw Tomato Basil Soup
Here are the ingredients and if you are not sure of exactly what to do watch Tommy Nicholas – Raw Blend give you a good as live demo. Apologies Tommy, I tweaked the recipe just a bit.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 spring onion (with root)
- 1 stick celery with leaves
- 1/2 carrot
- 1 handful cabbage
- 1/4 red capsicum
- 1-2 handful cashews (optional)
- 1 handful basil (with stalk)
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1-2 tsp herbamare/sea salt or a non MSG stock (to taste)
Place all ingredients in Vitamix and secure lid. Start slowly on variable speed and then move speed control to high. Run till you achieve desired temperature. 4½ minutes will give you a hot soup. Serve immediately.
Creamy Broccoli Soup – Raw or Cooked
Pressure cooker method:
Place all these ingredients (except for the nuts) into a pressure cooker, bring to temperature and cook under pressure for 5 minutes. Pour all ingredients into the Vitamix, add the nuts and process till smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
– Place all ingredients (except for the nuts) into the pot and follow the 10 minute soak method above, adding the nuts to the jug when you blend. Serve immediately.
– Place all ingredients in Vitamix and secure lid. Start slowly on variable speed and then move speed control to high. Run for up to 5 minutes to desired temperature.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 heads broccoli
- Half stalk celery and leaves – slice the celery fairly fine to avoid having strings in your soup
- 1 Spring onion
- 1 Baby marrow
- 1 small handful cashew nuts (optional)
- Vegetable stock to taste
- Herbs such as rosemary and thyme
Enjoy the soul food and drop a comment about what you thought of these soups.