I try so hard to be healthy… but it’s HARD! Especially for those of us who honestly hate the taste of just about any vegetable. That’s me. I keep trying them hoping that one day I will suddenly start to like them, but as a general rule, I don’t like them. The default when you don’t like vegetables is to smother them in some sort of dressing or sauce to mask the taste… but that doesn’t make the dish very healthy. So I’ve discovered that the best way to eat my vegetables is in soup. It tastes good and most vegetable soup recipes don’t call for a ton of added sugar or cream or fat. (Well some do, but quite a bunch don’t!) In all my cookbook hunting and testing the Soup of the Day cookbook from Williams-Sonoma is by far my favorite. Since it has a different recipe for every day of the year I haven’t come close to making all of them in the few years I’ve had it, but almost every soup I have made has been great! (I can only think of one I didn’t like.) I also like that the recipes are seasonal, so if you open it up to the current month you will get a bunch of ideas that sound good and include produce that is in season! Also they include pictures which is a must in any cookbook to me!
Just a handful of my favorites are: Chickpea, Porcini & Farro Soup; Parmesan Broth with Lemon, Chicken & Spinach; Chicken & Chipotle Soup with Avocado & Lime; Roasted Red Pepper Puree with Spicy Corn Salsa; Tortellini in Broth
And in case you were wondering… today’s soup is Cheddar & Hard Cider soup with Fried Shallots. Yum.