This soup is specially designed for the following occasions:
- When feeling sick and nothing solid really appeals
- After xmas: when you feel that just about anything you put in your mouth will make you explode
- After any holiday when you have maybe overdone it a bit with the chips
- Before any holiday that requires you to show off the bikini body (and of course you are not ready just yet)
- In winter when you are starving to warm you up and fill you up so you don’t eat too much of any other thing on the table
The original name of this soup is Julianne Soup due to the way in which the veggies are chopped (Julianne style) and it is honestly the simplest soup you can possibly make, very difficult to screw up and genuinely yummy.
It has only super low calorie ingredients it is almost virtually fat free and the only ingredient that could be higher GI is the carrot (high GI when is cooked) which you can totally leave out and it will be just as nice.
Ingredients (serves 6)
1/2 white cabbage
1 large onion
2 carrots (optional)
250 gr of mushrooms
2 tomatoes seeds removed
Handful of spinach
2 Vegetable or beef stock cubes
Fresh ground pepper
Chop all the ingredients in fine stripes (see picture) and clean and peel the mushrooms, discard the pods (you can use them in an omelette later on) and chop them too.
In a good cooking pot (I use Le Creuset, but any good anti adherent one would do) and grease the base with an olive oil spray. Cook the onions alone for about 5 minutes in medium heat and then add the other vegetables except the mushrooms and the spinach. Add a pinch of salt and let them “sweat” to get rid of the water, stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes.
Boil 1.5 liters of water in a kettle and add to the vegetables with the 2 cubes of stock. If you want a vegetarian/vegan option stay away from the beef flavor but it is entirely up to your personal preference.
Let it boil on low heat for 45 minutes and season to taste with the spices and then the mushrooms. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.
This soup can be kept in the fridge for about 4 to 5 days and it is perfect to cook once and then just grab and reheat. Great for school nights and it comes at about 90 calories per portion, with a very filling result. WINNER!