Yes, I said it. The *D* word: Detox. Gah! Let it be known that I’m totally against any form of trendy diet detox (restricting food, cleanses, liquid diets and other extreme measures). Our lungs, kidneys and liver are the body’s major detoxification system and work far better than any kooky crash diet. I believe if we’re eating as much of a nutritious diet as possible – one that is chock full of veggies, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, plenty of water and lean protein – there is absolutely no need to “detox.”
A few extra candy canes or glasses of champagne around the holidays aren’t going to necessitate any juice fast; all it takes to get right back on track is to fill your plate with those nutritious foods that our body needs to function at it’s finest. And this soup is loaded with those foods that are just what the dietitian ordered after a few weeks of holiday treats, celebratory cocktails, and dinners out. The best part about it is that you can modify the recipe each time you make it using different beans, herbs and spices, or veggies, and it’ll still be delicious and nutritious.
6 cups vegetable broth
8oz tomato sauce
1/2 bag frozen mixed veggies
1 box frozen sugar snap peas
About 20 mini cooked shrimp leftover from our New Year’s appetizer
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can white beans, rinsed
4 fresh basil leaves, ripped into tiny pieces
a few shakes of dried thyme
a few shakes of dried oregano
a squirt or two of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: cooked/leftover whole grains like brown rice, couscous, quinoa, pasta, etc.
I added all ingredients at once into my big soup caldron and brought it to a boil. That’s it!
Funk microwaved a bowl of whole wheat couscous so I also added a scoop of that into my bowl. This soup had all the necessary parts to make up a super satisfying, healthy meal in a bowl: veggies, protein (beans, shrimp) and whole grains. I have to say, I think homemade soup is one of my favorite parts about winter. And since winter lasts about looooong 8 months in Boston, I see a lot of variations of this soup in the near future!
What’s your favorite homemade soup recipe?