Mixed Vegetables Soup with Broccoli


Prep Time

15 minutes

Prep Notes

Easy, inexpensive, everyday soup following one of the most basic, most simple soup making techniques. Learn it once, make it forever in many varieties by simply switching the ingredients for the local, in season vegetables realistic for you! I rarely end up with the exactly same soup twice. Especially in colder weather, this soup is often my family's main (and sometimes the solely) dinner course.

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Yields

2l

Ingredients

2 tbsp fat (coconut oil, olive, ghee, butter, lard, tallow...no vegetable oils - some of the most chemical, harmful substances you can put in your body - I don't)

1 onion

1 carrot

1 piece of renkon (lotus root)

2 potatoes

3 tbsp grain-like seed (millet, amaranth, quinoa) *optional

1 broccoli

liquid to cover/fill your pot (water, home-made stock - definitely more flavor and more minerals, dashi - gives it nice smokey flavor, I used this time 1/2 dashi & 1/2 filtered water)

salt & pepper to taste (1 tsp of salt works for me, and just invisible pepper amount due to kids. I add more into my bowl.)


Directions

  1. Heat oil in pan while chopping your peeled onion.
  2. Saute the onion while chopping carrot (going in order from the hardest vegetables to softer).
  3. Continue chopping and adding renkon, potatoes, stir every now and then, saute a bit, add pepper, or any other spices you wish, at this point.
  4. Do not add broccoli (would be overcooked), but prepare into bite-sized florets (in the time available after next step).
  5. Add your choice of liquid, bring to boil.
  6. Add grain, lower the heat to minimum and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Switch off, add salt, stir, add broccoli, cover, let the broccoli cook in the residual heat.
  8. That's it, you have a nourishing, delicious, even hormone-balancing dinner, you will sleep well after.

Notes

ideally washed, even soaked, could be already cooked too (in such case you can add it later, or even straight in your bowl, and it will cool the soup for you!)


Kids tips:

  • Let kids help you! They are great and happy with cleaning vegs, cutting, adding, stirring. Basically, they can do the whole job!
  • Adding leftover cooked grain into bowls, instead of cooking it in the soup, and mixing it up, is also a fun thing for kids to do.