To me, there's no food more satisfying than a hearty soup. When I was a kid, Mom made 'em all the time and I had several favorites. From the old-fashioned potato soup to the classic chicken broth, I have many fond memories of returning to the house on a cold winter day to hunker down over a hot satisfying bowl.
Our bodies and our diets change, but we never escape those memories of comfort food--and why should we? The idea is sound: hearty ingredients, balanced flavors, soothing textures. This was my soup revelation and I'm here to share it with you.
You may have heard of The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). If you haven't, it's a therapeutic diet originally published in Elaine Gottschall's book Breaking The Vicious Cycle and it was based on prior work by Drs. Sidney V. and Merrill P. Haas. SCD is an elimination diet--you eliminate a whole bunch of foods that are likely causes of gastrointestinal distress. When my ulcerative colitis was near its worst, SCD (hold the nuts and dairy) brought me back. The problem was that "back" was still a place of bland, uninteresting food. While that kind of food will extinguish the fire, it won't heal the soul. And then, suddenly: soup.
A blended soup contains vitamins, minerals, fat and fiber--all things we need to be healthy. If you have gut issues, however, digesting and absorbing these nutrients can be tough. This is where blended soup is almost magical. You get all of these nutrients in a somewhat predigested form. The fiber is softened by cooking, the blended fats help with nutrient absorption.
A note to people who aren't struggling with gut issues:
Even if you aren't sick, soups are still a delicious source of sustenance. While my soup recipes are all free (or able to be made free) of common allergens and other trigger foods, they are all rigorously taste-tested before earning a spot on the blog. I encourage you to give them a whirl, pun intended.
Think about your favorite soup. What makes it so tasty?
All your (soup) base are belong to us
Most delicious and nourishing soups contain some common ingredients:
There's not a lot to it. Find your own shortcuts and you'll be whipping up delicious soups in 20 minutes for healthy weeknight meals.
If this is food science, then duct-taping the bumper back onto your car is automotive engineering. You know delicious when you taste it so get in the kitchen, take some chances, and start making your own soup magic. If you create something amazing, I invite you to share.
In good health,
I'm Ethan, a guy whose life used to be controlled by ulcerative colitis. As I systematically tested diets, treatments, and all types of health advice to heal my colon, I learned a lot about my own biology and also how to cook without compromise. I'm here to share the best (and sometimes worst) of that journey with you.