SOUP-er comforting

by Khushboo on October 30, 2013

As much as I would rather be too hot than too cold, I occasionally miss the feeling of winter.  Although the temperatures were still relatively mild while I was in London, it was such a treat to relive some cold-weather sentiments including:

  • Winter clothing & accessories, especially boots & layers
  • The crisp air hitting my face every time I stepped outdoors
  • Clutching a hot drink while walking in the cold

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  • Heart-warming bowls of soups & stews
  • First few signs of Christmas, courtesy of Selfridges

While Mumbai is currently too hot for any of the above, eating soups has recently been an exception.  I’ve been down with the flu this past week , which I’m guessing a combination of travel, change in weather & exhaustion.  As much as I hate being ill, I’m using it as a humbling reminder to slow down every so often- there’s only so much our bodies can take before they start to rebel.  Along with popping pills (very much GP-approved), I’ve been trying to keep my vitamin intake high.  While vegetables hardly scream “comfort food” when you’re sick, they’re much more appealing in soup form.  To keep things souper interesting, I’ve been switching up flavor combinations.  So far I’ve had:

  • Lentil Soup a.k.a Daal
  • Tomato & Basil
  • Hot & Sour
  • Mushroom

And my current favorite:

  • Broccoli & Cheddar soup

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Before you give me credit for being adventurous in the kitchen when I’m ill, hold up a sec.  My activity over these past few days has solely involved me moving from my bed to the sofa in the living room and back…with a few bathroom breaks thrown in.  This recipe is courtesy of my madre.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

Broccoli & Cheddar Soupmakes 2 large bowls (or 4 side portions)

Ingredients

  • 500g broccoli, cut up into small florets
  • 1 medium leek, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup grated cheddar (=40g)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Place a large pot over medium heat & coat with nonstick cooking spray or 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Once the oil has heated, add garlic.  As it starts to release a fragrance, add in the leeks & sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli, and allow it to cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock, salt & black pepper and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat & simmer until the broccoli has softened, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Transfer soup mixture to a blender & whizz until it reaches your desired consistency.  Add soup back to the pot to heat up.  Towards the end, stir in ¼ cup of grated cheddar.
  6. Divide soup into bowls and garnish each bowl with the remaining cheddar.
  7. Serve hot.

For what it’s worth, I did stir in the cheese towards the end 😉

What’s your favorite part about winter?

What’s your favorite soup combination? 

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Arman @ thebigmansworld October 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Argh, hope your on the mend- I’m guessing it does have to do with the travel, but also one extreme to another- every time I travel and return home I used to constantly get sick- mainly due to going from cold weather to hot or vica versa!

I have never had broccoli soup before! Granted, I’m not a huge soup fan although when I eat out at Japanese I always start with Miso soup or at Thai, the Tom Yum!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

Love starting off a Japanese meal with miso soup 😀

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Oh Khushboo – hope you start feeling better soon! The flu is no fun and you are right, it seems to strike when we are just worn out. I know here in the US they have some magical concoction that makes you feel 100% at the doc’s. Few yeas back when I was down with the flu and could barely stay upright I dragged myself to the doc’s (noting else seemed to be working)only to be given an injection of meds that had me wanting to do a jig as I walked out!

Soup is what we have eaten for most of this week – yesterday I made “everythingbutthekitchensinksoup” which had carrots, celery, ginger, onions, garlic, turmeric, tomatoes, pumpkin puree, tom paste, adobo chili in chipotle sauce, handful of chocolate chips, chicken, beans, potatoes and corn – was surprisingly great!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thanks Shashi! Whatever those doctors in America I have, I want IN! This soup sounds so random yet so delicious…very intrigued by the addition of choc chips :)!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick October 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Sorry to hear you are feeling sick! Sending healing vibes your way!
It must be something – so many around me are at home on bed!
I am not a soup fan, but in winter I crave it once in a while. Broccoli and leek are definitely my taste!
PS. I love the new layout!!!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thanks so much, Lucie…on both counts :)!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Aww poor girl 🙁 I really hope that you start to feel better soon! A lot of people around here seem to be coming down with something, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps away from me.

Soup is a perfect sick food, though… and just a perfect fall food in general. One of my favourites is probably a curried apple pumpkin soup that I make, but it’s been forever since I’ve had broccoli or cauliflower soup, so I really need to give those a try again.

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’ve tried butternut squash and apple soup before but I’m loving the addition of curry powder- will have to try it out 🙂

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Ksenija @ With An Open Mind October 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

So true! Nothings better than soup when you come down with a cold. I’ve been sick two weeks ago and what really helped me was a huge pot of homemade chicken soup. It’s just the best thing in the world when you are sick!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

Agreed, especially when noodles are thrown in 🙂

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Alex @ therunwithin October 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

that sounds so good, soup is so soothing this time of year

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:23 am

It sure is!

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dixya@food, pleasure, and health October 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I hope you feel better. I have some sort of bug too, mostly annoying cough since I got back. I have been fighting it with green tea and honey. I hope madre’s love potion will take care of you. XOXO

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:23 am

Feeling much better, Dixya – thanks!! Hope you are too 🙂

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Angela @ Health's Angel October 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Hope you feel better soon! It is definitely that time of year where everyone seems to be sick. SO many of my co-workers have been sick and I’m extremely paranoid that I’m going to catch something. I’ve been loading up on Vitamin C and washing my hands like a crazy person.

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

Thanks Angela…sounds lik you have a great plan of attack against getting sick 🙂

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Yum! I love any soup with cheeeeeese. Especially tomato soup with cheese and a little grilled cheese dipped in it…can you tell I like cheese?!? Feel better!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:25 am

Adding in cheese is always a good idea 🙂

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Parita @ myinnershakti October 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I honestly miss winter weather a little too. Miami is pretty tropical and warm year round. The chilliest it got last year was 60 degrees F.

And all of the soups you mentioned sound delicious. I love minestrone soup – something about the combo of beans, veggies, and pasta that’s too good to pass up.

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:25 am

Agreed about minestrone soup! I think it’s the vegan/vegetarian equivalent of chicken noodle soup when you’re down with the flue- so comforting :)!

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Shelly October 31, 2013 at 12:28 am

I would have to say my favorite part about winter is snuggling up in blankets with hot drinks. Either that or the holiday season. Otherwise I hate all of the snow we get here!
I’ve been on a soup kick lately too. I’m glad it’s not because I have the flu though! Get better soon! My favorite is french onion… yum!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

Ah I’m tempted to blast the air conditioning right now just so I can snuggle up with a hot drink 😉

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 31, 2013 at 12:45 am

I LOVE broccoli cheese soup! It has always been one of my favorites. I think this winter I am going to try making a vegan version!!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

Oh I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂

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P October 31, 2013 at 6:01 am

Shredded cheese and tomato soup is the best! I love how it melts on the surface of the soup 🙂

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

Same..and then you get lumps of cheese every so bite 😉

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 31, 2013 at 7:30 am

Aww, I hope you feel better soon lady! Soup is always my go-to when I’m sick as well…magical healing properties 😉 I can’t even remember the last time I had broccoli cheddar soup…it’s always a good way to go though!

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Khushboo October 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

Thanks Sam- there’s definitely some kind of magical healing properties in soup 😉

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 3, 2013 at 1:20 am

Oh I hope you’re feeling better soon. There’s nothing worse than feeling sick, but good for you for taking it easy and listening to what your body needs. I always think the very best thing when your sick is rest, usually in the form of sleep. Soup is second on the list and third is caring parents who make it for you. I’m glad you tossed cheese in that bowl too. 🙂

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Khushboo November 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

Sick or not, nothing beats gooey cheese 😀

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