Vegetables make a wonderful low-fat soup packed with vitamins and minerals. Making soup can even be fun. Follow the instructions below and you will have the chance to chop, simmer, and blend your way to a healthy meal your whole family will enjoy.
- Chop a variety of vegetables and simmer in a flavorful vegetable, chicken or beef broth for a quick meal. Just remember to cook longer-cooking vegetables first, then add more delicate vegetables later.
- Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and parsnips - as well as green beans and winter squash - will take longer to cook than vegetables such as summer squash and greens. Add these after the tougher vegetables are tender so they don't turn to mush.
- Delicious cream soups also can be made with vegetables. Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, butternut squash and many more veggies can simply be boiled in a flavorful broth or water until very tender, then pureed in a blender. A small amount of cream or half and half can be added for a more velvety texture.
- Liven up the flavor of soups by adding spices, dried or fresh herbs, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, hot sauce, flavored vinegar or flavored oils. Just remember to start off with small amounts of these items, as they are potent and add lots of flavor with just a little bit.