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the colder months, I imagine that something happens to our energies. I can’t quite say whether they are lower in availability or simply hankering for a slower kind of work, but the things that our souls yearn for are markedly different from that in the summer. In the Fall and Winter, I like to slow things down. More than usual, anyway.
In an effort to budget my time in a way that allows me to do more meaningful work, I have recently been trying harder to practice Essentialism when it comes to household chores. And while I thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking (especially when new recipes are in tow), I also like to minimize the cooking and cleaning when the goal is to keep our bellies satiated rather than to experience a new culinary feat.
So with the Fall and Winter season upon us, I’d like to turn your attention to a solution that generations before us frequently exercised but our youth has forgotten about: Soup.
A simple word, and not by any means pretty. Soup is the savior from the holiday rush that befalls all. Soup is the reliable companion ready to comfort you after a long day’s work. Soup is the nutritious meal that you need without the high price. Soup is readily available with a few basic ingredients in the kitchen, stocked. Pun intended.
There are many ways that soup alleviates stress in our lives.
It accepts our rummaging through the kitchen cabinets to collect what we have at hand and eliminates the need to run to the market for that one rare ingredient crucial to its being. It’s forgiving in preparation, usually welcoming a haphazard throwing into the pot. It requires little time (on our end). We usually take a few minutes to prep and let the simmering do all the work. I am the first to say that we put our Crockpot to good use during these short days and long nights. Big batches of stuff, frozen for later and rationed throughout the week, sometimes as appetizer and sometimes the main course, makes soup a practical solution. Cleanup is facilitated by the need to only have one pot.
I don’t know what else to say.
With all the excesses of today, the youth views soup as an add-on. An appetizer and nothing more. An introduction to the meal. Another excess to add to the bill when we are too tired to cook from home.
But may I remind that soup can stand on its own. And it’ll cook on its own while you’re off at work. It’ll let you live your life, however slow or fast that may be, without so much as a fuss.
Soups, therefore, are essential weapons to carry around in the backs of our pockets … and at the forefront of our minds.
Without further ado, a soup recipe for you:
(adapted from Kinfolk Table)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 yellow onions, cut into 1/4-in pieces
- 3 green bell peppers, cut into 1/4-in pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-in pieces
- 2 pds zucchini, chopped into 1/4-in pieces
- 1 eggplant, chopped into 1/4-in pieces
- 4 large ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- Fresh basil, sliced
- Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat before adding the onions and green and red bell peppers. Cook until the onions have softened and are translucent, approximately 10 minutes.
- Add the zucchini, eggplant, tomato, and salt.
- Cover and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the eggs and stir gently and constantly until cooked through, approximately six minutes.
- Sprinkle with basil and cheese.
- Serve with fresh sourdough (optional).
For those looking for soup of a different kind, here are a few favorites:
- Vegetarian Coconut Curry
- Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
- Aunt’s favorite Tomato Bisque Soup
- Roommate’s Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
I’m sure many more soup recipes are to come. How about yours? Would you care to share your favorite soup recipes?