Photo: Faith Durand
This easy, nutrient-dense, satisfying soup has been my go-to breakfast for months now. Perfect for busy folks with an intention to eat more healthily. I’ll start with the basics and offer modifications in my notes below.
- food processor or knife
- ice cube trays
- small pot
- a couple tablespoons of your favorite healthful fat
- a few carrots
- a few stalks of celery
- one or two onions
- sea salt to taste
- mug of broth
Prepping the Hack
- Place all veggies in a food processor or mince finely with a knife.
- Portion veggie mixture into compartments of ice cube trays.
- Place trays in freezer.
- Store frozen cubes in freezer-safe container.
- Melt a couple of tablespoons of fat in a small pot.
- Add a 2-3 cubes of frozen veggies with salt to taste. Cover and stir occasionally until cubes melt and veggies cook through.
- Add broth and simmer for a few minutes.
- Fill your favorite mug and enjoy!
- Develop your intuition through the preparation of food. Relative amounts of ingredients can be helpful when learning a new recipe. Once you become more attuned to what tastes good to you, mix and match, add, subtract, and modify ingredients according to your pleasure.
- Play with flavors. Look to world cuisines for inspiration. The vegetables in my base recipe (above) come from France’s mirepoix. One of my favorite veggie combos (a mixture of bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and cilantro) originated in Puerto Rico and is called a sofrito. Perhaps Mediterranean, Asian, or Indian influences are more your style. Discover what delights your palate.
- Either make your own bone broth or veggie broth, or buy ready-made broth from the grocery store. Not the stuff in boxes from the pantry aisle. I’m talking about the jars of nutrient-dense goodness from the refrigerated section.
- I use ghee (i.e. butter with the milk solids removed). But you can switch it up with coconut oil.
- For a quick dose of protein, stir in a raw egg while the broth is simmering. Or maybe some leftover beans, lentils, or quinoa are more your speed. Tailor this bowl of bounty to your tastebuds!
This breakfast hack is an excerpt from my Spring 2018 newsletter
which also includes
• A Bountiful Breakfast Hack (I cook and eat almost daily)
• A Birth Guide (backed by the latest evidence)
• An invitation to care for Our Great Mother
• An empowering birth story (in an animated film)
• 3 inspiring books
• The Original Mother’s Day Proclamation