Here are seven dishes of wholesome wonder you need in your life
Still pondering over whether to do that juice cleanse? Ponder no more. Souping is the new juicing – it is autumn, after all.
Perhaps you need to ditch the chia seed, acai berry smoothie bowl in favour of experimental souping. Fresh, clean and oh-so tasty. Tempted? Check out The Soup Cleanse: A Revolutionary Detox Of Nourishing Soups And Healing Broths (Hardcover, RRP £16.99, Quercus) by Vivienne Vella and Angela Blatteis. Or, you could try some of these beauts.
1. The one that will use up all your leftovers
We always store away our roast dinners with the best intentions of making them into a lavish, midweek leftover meal, only to find them rotting in the back shelf of our fridge by the end of the week. No more! This roast chicken and vegetable soup is so quick and easy to make that you can whip it up even with the bleariest of Monday heads. Plus, it's a lot cheaper and more satisfying than any shop-bought green juice we've ever seen.
2. The indulgent one
French onion soup – otherwise known as steaming hot bowl of beefy, oniony goodness topped with a thick slab of white bread and bubbling Gruyère cheese. We're salivating.
3. The green one
This pea and mint soup will leave you feeling full and virtuous with the additional bonus of having salty chunks of ham hock in it. It's a solid 'yes' from us.
4. The virtuous (but properly flavourful) one
Just because you're trying to be healthier and lower your calorie intake, doesn't mean you have to compromise on flavour, which is where this spicy Thai soup comes in.
5. The one for when it's really cold outside
If the prospect of a smooth, creamy bowl of butternut squash soup was enough to warm your cockles on a cold day, then imagine what the addition of a sage sandwich could do. Sophisticated Italian flavours, but in a comforting bowl or mug. Yes pelase.
6. The one that feels like a holiday in a bowl
This tortilla soup with chipotle, beans and sweetcorn is perfect for the intrepid traveller among us – or just those of us who's budget and time constraints mean that the only travelling we're doing midweek is a sweaty shuffle on a commuter train.
7. The one to beat the grey skies at their own game
Look at this beetroot and orange soup with mustard seeds! It's PINK! If that doesn't cheer you up on a cold October evening, we really don't know what will.
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