Instant soups are an easy and inexpensive option for people too short on time to cook. Even though instant soups aren’t considered healthy, people tend to believe they are healthier than other fast food. Instead of nutrients, instant soups have the long list of additives and little nutritional value.
The following recipe is a quick and healthier alternative to a store-bought soup. You just need some time in advance to prepare and freeze bouillon cubes. However, you don’t need to prepare this every time you want to make a soup. So, let’s start from scratch.
How to prepare a Bouillon Cube
Ingredients for a Bouillon Cube:
- 2 – 3 Carrots
- Parsley Leaves
- 1 Parsley Root
- 1 Celery Root
- 1 Parsnip
- 1 Onion
- ½ Head of Broccoli
Chop all the ingredients in small pieces and put them in a pot. Add water on top of them – not too much water, just enough to cover all the ingredients and boil until all vegetables are cooked. Wait to cool down. Then, put everything in a blender – and blend. Put the mixture in a muffin tin, plastic ice cube trays or regular plastic bags and your soup is ready to be frozen. The cubes will look something like this.
Now, let’s prepare a soup.
Ingredients for a Soup:
- A Frozen Bouillon Cube
- Dried Lovage Leaves
- Salt (Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt or regular)
- Handful of Rice (Millet or Buckwheat)
- Optional Spices: Parsley Leaves, Dried Chive, Turmeric or Pepper
Lovage is a strong aromatic spice. Fresh or dried leaves are the key ingredients to flavor soups, but you can also use lovage to flavor sauces, meat dishes, legumes or salads. Its aroma is strong, so add it to quite a few dishes.
There is no need for instruction for making a homemade soup. You just grab a bouillon cube from the freezer, add some hot water, and you are good to go! Add rice (millet or buckwheat) as well and boil until cooked.
This is a simple routine that can replace buying instant soups. So, “not having enough time” is not a real excuse!