Carrot Coriander Soup Vegan Wallflower Kitchen
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The French classifications of clear soups include bouillon and consommé. Thick soups are classified by their thickening agents. Purées are vegetable soups thickened with starch. Bisques are made from puréed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream. Cream soups use a béchamel sauce for thickening. Veloutés are thickened with butter cream and eggs. Soups can also be thickened with rice flour grains lentils mashed potatoes or puréed carrots. In addition to being delicious soups are also generally quite healthy. You do have to be careful about the sodium level in processed soups. Many manufacturers now offer lower salt level options. Salt caution aside soups offer a filling meal often rich in vegetables (increasing fiber intake) and a high liquid level (perfect for keeping hydrated).
Wine should be added at a ratio of no more than 1/4 cup of wine to 1 quart of soup. Beer is also a good addition to soups and stews. A good rule of thumb is 1 cup of beer to 3 cups of soup. Freeze the liquids drained from canned mushrooms or vegetables for later use in soups or stews. Since liquids boil at a lower temperature at high altitudes cooking time may need to be extended at altitudes above 2500 feet. Soups and stews should only simmer while cooking never brought to a hard boil. "Is it soup yet?" Naturally the best soups are made with a base of homemade broth and fresh ingredients but this method can be very time-consuming and labor intensive. If you like time spent in the kitchen preparing soup may be reduced by using canned or frozen broths and vegetables while still yielding an excellent product. Remember there are no really good quick soup recipes because any truly good soup needs time during preparation for flavor to fully develop. Always plan on providing enough time to prepare a really good soup or stew.
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Try a tablespoon of an Italian mix or teaspoon each of basil and oregano and a quarter teaspoon of pepper (hot red or black as you prefer). Add a teaspoon of "Kitchen Bouquet" if you wish for extra flavor and a rich color. Stir in a teaspoon of "Better Than Bouillon" or salt. Bring to a rolling boil lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the noodles do not stick to the bottom. The flavors will meld beautifully. Serve soup with a carbohydrate. I like to switch between corn bread fresh bread toast and crackers. Add a serving of cheese peanut butter or tuna fish. Finish your meal with a piece of fresh fruit or a serving of canned fruit. Eat a soup meal every day. You will find your food dollar goes further and you will also notice improvements in your overall health. "Like what?" you ask. Hydration. Hydration levels are improved because of the high amount of water in soup. Hydration affects how your body functions.