Soups are very easy to make, and can be quick to make also. You can literally throw anything in a soup...beans, potatoes, grains, a variety of vegetables (celery, onion, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, leafy greens, asparagus, green beans etc). Use a little vegetable broth for added flavor, and spices or fresh herbs like parsley, oregano, basil, thyme...I just use water as a base, or even plant milks or ground nuts if I make a cream based soup (potatoes work for this too). One of my favorite soups is white bean and carrot soup with curry powder and ginger. I use two cups dried cooked white beans (or a can), and several chopped carrots. Simmer it for about fifteen minutes in water/and or plant milk, to get the carrots soft. Add your spices. Throw everything in a blender or food processor to get it smooth and creamy.
I keep a small thermos and bring soup to work during the week for lunches. I store the rest in a large container in the refrigerator and it keeps all week. I will dish out enough for a serving, and microwave or heat it on the stove for a few minutes while I get my coat on and stuff together, then pour it in my thermos and off I go. I bring along a crusty bread or salad to go with, or something like rice cakes with sunflower butter on them for a side dish with my soup, because soup alone is not enough to fuel me for a long day.
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