Make it healthy, make it creamy, make it with veggies and feel good about it…

It’s mid Dec and it feels more like spring, where is the snow??? What I love the most about winter is the snow, if there is no snow then what’s the point of having winter? I know majority of the people are glad that it’s not snowing including my hubby.

So, it’s definitely going to be a green Christmas. I cannot believe 2012 is coming to an end, that was incredibly fast!!!

My man came home sick, looks like flu viruses have fallen in love with him. What’s more perfect than making soup on a rainy day for my sick man? That’s exactly what I’ve done. Made a delicious veggie soup, poured some cream to make it creamy so that the sick man would feel better. He did feel better after sipping this soup, not one bowl but he had 2 bowls.

Creamy healthy veggie soup

Ingredients

  • Carrots- 3 large, diced
  • Celery- 3 stalks, diced
  • Potato- 1, large diced
  • Tomato-1, large chopped
  • Basil, dried- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/2 tsp or more
  • Soy sauce- 1 1/2 tbsp (optional)
  • Heavy cream or half- half- 3/4 cup
  • Water- 2 to 2 1/2 cups ( or add veggie stock or chicken stock)
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Salt- to taste

Instruction

  • Add the carrots, celery, potatoes along with salt, dried basil, dried oregano, ground pepper and 2 to 2 1/2 cups water to a large pot.
  • Cook covered till veggies turn tender.
  • Add tomatoes and one handful cilantro, cook till it’s mashed up.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Puree the cooked veggies to  smooth constituency using a hand blender in the pot itself or puree it in a mixer.
  • Return the pot with pureed veggies over the stove top and heat it up.
  • Add the soy sauce, combine well. This is just optional, I just felt like adding soy sauce, it did enhance the flavor.
  • Add cream, combine well and cook for a few seconds.
  • If the soup is too thick add some water to thin it down.
  • Sprinkle cilantro, cook for a couple of seconds.
  • Taste and add more salt or ground pepper if needed.
  • Serve hot in a soup bowl along with crackers, bread etc.

 

Creamy Healthy Veggie Soup
 
Ingredients
  • Carrots- 3 large, diced
  • Celery- 3 stalks, diced
  • Potato- 1, large diced
  • Tomato-1, large chopped
  • Basil, dried- 1½ tsp
  • Oregano, dried- 1½ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp or more
  • Soy sauce- 1½ tbsp (optional)
  • Heavy cream or half- half- ¾ cup
  • Water- 2 to 2½ cups ( or add veggie stock or chicken stock)
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Salt- to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes along with salt, dried basil, dried oregano, ground pepper and 2 to 2½ cups water to a large pot.
  2. Cook covered till veggies turn tender.
  3. Add tomatoes and one handful cilantro, cook till it's mashed up.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Puree the cooked veggies to  smooth constituency using a hand blender in the pot itself or puree it in a mixer.
  6. Return the pot with pureed veggies over the stove top and heat it up.
  7. Add the soy sauce, combine well. This is just optional, I just felt like adding soy sauce, it did enhance the flavor.
  8. Add cream, combine well and cook for a few seconds.
  9. If the soup is too thick add some water to thin it down.
  10. Sprinkle cilantro, cook for a couple of seconds.
  11. Taste and add more salt or ground pepper if needed.
  12. Serve hot in a soup bowl along with crackers, bread etc.