Soothing, Humble Soup

African Black Bean Soup
Soothing Humble Soup – African Black Bean Soup

Out of curiosity, I looked up a definition of Soup. How can we define a food that is so basic and universal? Wikipedia says “Soup is a primarily liquid food, generally served warm or hot that is made by combining ingredients such as meat and vegetables with stock, juice, water, or another liquid.” My definition, ‘soothing humble soup!’

That says it all and says very little at all. What about soup’s deliciousness? What about the immense varieties of soups? Soup is such a humble food that even the poorest people make it with the simplest ingredients, and even that soup can be so warm and delicious that it feeds people’s souls.

The soup aisle in a grocery store reveals an amazing array of cans, plastic tubs and paper envelopes that claim to offer soup, or the ingredients to make it by just adding water. These are called convenient. I will show you true convenience:

Open your freezer and take out a container of your own homemade soup to heat and enjoy. You made enough to feed your family the day you made it and for several days to come. Chicken noodle? Chili? Minestrone? You can make these and so many more types of soup with your own fresh ingredients, seasoned to exactly your liking.

nondairy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup

The next time you plan to make a soothing, humble soup. Double the batch. Place the extra servings in mason jars or freezer-safe containers. Place in the freezer. Thaw and you’ll have dinner when you thought you had nothing to eat! I’ve listed a few suggestions below.

Butternut Squash & Black Bean chili

Cream of Tomato Soup (nondairy)

Chicken Fajita Soup

Minestrone Soup

If these don’t inspire you, visit my website. There are many more options to consider.


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