I craved a warm bowl of comfort for lunch. Soup. Hot and nourishing. Today, I'm home sick with a cold. Nothing bad, but enough to make me want to curl up on the couch with a good book and do nothing but drink tea and read a good book. Or settle down underneath a blanket and watch a couple of movies. I actually sat on the couch and worked on my computer. But I got hungry. After looking through the pantry for canned soup, because when you're home sick, you shouldn't have to cook. I was out of luck. There was nothing but 4 cans of organic pumpkin puree, 2 jars of spicy harissa, 1 jar of applesauce, 1 jar of dijon mustard, and cans of pineapple, artichoke hearts, mandarins. But I did find some packages of chicken broth. Chicken broth. Good. I'll make my own soup. The quick kind. The kind where you just heat up the broth and throw in whatever you can find. So I did. A very simple recipe. Healthy, and tasty too!
chicken, beef or vegetable broth
assorted vegetables, fresh or frozen:
1 large parsnip, chopped
red and/or yellow peppers
3 stalks of celery
1/2 onion, sliced thin
1 can of tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Kefir lime leaf, if desired
1-3 garlics, finely chopped
small piece of fresh ginger
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
ground paprika, to taste
Pour the broth into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add everything else.
I took a couple of handfuls of each vegetable and added to the broth.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 7 minutes.
Add salt, pepper, and ground paprika to taste.
Pour and serve.