Winter Warmers – Healthy Soups
When the weather gets cold and chilly we often look to warm ourselves up from the inside. There is nothing quite as effective as soup when you want to do this and the mere thought of a nice hot soup gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Not everyone however, has the time to chop up vegetables, stew the chicken and prepare their own soups. So, what is the alternative? Instant packet soups? They don’t taste quite as nice. Takeaway always sounds like a good option in such situations. Finding a good savoury soup is not as easy as it sounds. Let’s look at a few soups that make it onto our list of faves.
Originally a Thai soup, Tom Yum can be found in almost all South East Asian countries. It isn’t just found in South East Asia anymore. Luckily for us Tom Yum has reached Ireland in all its savoury beauty. ‘Tom’ means to boil and ‘Yam’ refers to the salad and spice that goes into the soup. Most people love the seafood version of this, it’s definitely a soup you want to try!
Gueytow is a noodle soup that is very popular, containing bean sprouts, leek, carrot and spring onions all thrown into this soup to give it a taste we all love. The noodles make the soup particularly filling. With all the vegetables used in the preparation, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Gueyteow is one of the healthiest soups out there!
PHO NOODLE SOUP
All the way from Vietnam in South East Asia the Pho noodle soup was conceived. Made of chicken (or other meat) stock, noodles and plenty of vegetables and sprouts. This soup has had my vote for so long, as it is delicious and must be eaten piping hot for the best effect. It is another soup that you must add to your list of must tastes.
The chicken soup is popular across the world, again made of chicken stock and chicken pieces, this soup is a light, healthy and a perfect snack. In fact, I know several people who would substitute their lunch with an extremely large bowl of chicken soup. If you like it then why not?
CHICKEN RAMEN SOUP
This noodle soup is a specialty from Japan. It is made with rice vermicelli noodles. Mushrooms, chicken and hard boiled eggs are other ingredients that are popularly added. The chicken ramen soup is an acquired taste for some. For others, it is love at first sip. No matter where you stand on this line, it is worth trying.
SWEET CORN SOUP
I think that this is one soup that is popular not just in Ireland but all over the world. Made of a base of sweet corn, people tend to add a lot of other ingredients to it. The sweet creamy texture of the soup has made it popular. It’s a soup that most parents love to order for their children because it is easy to get the kids to eat their veggies this way!
Known for its tangy flavour, the tomato soup slowly gained popularity. Not many ingredients are usually used in this soup because people love the sweet-sour tang that the tomato brings to the dish. The clear broth is often used to soothe a sore itchy throat. A good ingredient that goes well with tomato is basil. That is probably why the tomato basil soup is quickly gaining popularity.
Making a soup at home is easy but it requires time and effort. It is a luxury that most of us do not have. Unfortunately, if you are like me, you will turn to a soup when you aren’t feeling too well. This means that the effort to make the soup can be overwhelming. While homemade food always trumps takeaway, Ireland is now teaming with plenty of takeaway restaurants and takeaways that specialise in healthy, home-style foods.
I would suggest making a list of all the takeaway spots nearby and start collecting their menus. Try out each of their soups slowly over time. You will soon narrow down on your most favourite healthy soups. After all, it isn’t just the type of soup that matters, it is also the hand that makes it that is important!