The New Frontier of Nutrition: Soup
Everyone is getting ready for the winter. You bring out your heavy sweaters, winter boots, jackets, and whatever else you have in storage. The cold season means hot drinks and hot meals -- which are always extremely enjoyable. You're just in luck, because AFC has recently come to the conclusion that a simple bowl of soup is the New Frontier of Nutrition.
Jon and I are getting ready for the winter -- albeit a "Florida winter." We’ve returned to South Florida Homestead just in time for the temperature drop. During the summer in Florida, you simply can't eat hot soup. It's too damn hot. But now that it’s getting cooler outside, we’ve started cooking this highly enjoyable, and extremely nutritious dish.
Our passion for soup started because we wanted to maximize the amount of nutrition that we got from our vegetables. When we steam the veggies, it always felt like some of that nutrition disappeared in the form of vapor. That prompted many late night discussions: How can we get the most nutrients into our dishes? A lightbulb clicked at 11:00pm one Saturday night. Make a soup! In this way, whatever nutrition was “escaping” from the steaming process, we could keep locked in.
This isn't the first time we've "stumbled" onto soups. There was a time when I accidentally cooked lentils with too much water, and it turned out to be a delicious variety (we ended up perfecting it by adding some ginger!). This time, however, we’re focusing more on vegetables rather than legumes. We’re loading up some sautéed onions and peppers (cook first in olive oil before adding liquid), and then throwing in baby bok choy, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, or whatever else happens to be in the fridge. Combining all of the organic ingredients into one big pot (or multiple, given that we haven't found a great "cauldron" for purchase yet) is the name of the game. After the liquid portion of soup is cooked, we add in some black rice or kasha to make the meal more substantial (you can also use the soup broth the following day to cook fresh grains -- another secret at the Homestead).
Most people usually don’t think of soup as a meal, but rather a starter. It’s time to change that perception and see soup for the incredible nutritional vehicle that it is. Not to mention the fact that it will keep you warm during the winter months!