Wholesome Vegetable Soup
During the winter time, I love nothing more than eating wholesome soups with slightly toasted brown bread. This recipe below is one I having been making for the past few years all thanks to my mum's home cooking. I find soup to be a fantastic way to increase my vegetable intake and in doing so it provides my body with natural vitamins and minerals and dietary fibre so it can function optimally.
1 head of broccoli washed, trimmed and cut into florets
1 celery stalk trimmed and sliced
1 leek washed, trimmed and roughly chopped
1 garlic clove peeled and chopped (do not steam garlic)
3 carrots medium sized, trimmed, peeled and sliced
1 fresh sprig of chopped coriander
1 organic vegetable stock cube
½ organic French onion stock cube
4 cups of water for vegetable stock
4 cups of water for steaming vegetables
Pour 4 cups of water into a saucepan.
Place vegetables except for garlic into a colander over the saucepan of water. Place lid on vegetables and steam for approx 20 minutes until tender.
Place cooked vegetables into a blender and add garlic clove. Blend vegetables till smooth and creamy.
Place 4 cups of boiling water into a saucepan add stock cubes to the water and stir till dissolved. Add fresh chopped coriander.
Pour blended vegetables into stock and stir well. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
Serving options can be with a wholegrain bread, oatcakes, or wholegrain crackers of your choosing.