What a cozy, homey way to end the 7 Day Winter Hygge Challenge. This morning I selected this final activity.
Try a new soup recipe
Hygge encourages simple wholesome nutritious meals. On this windy, chilly overcast day, the thought of dining on hot soup tonight warmed me all afternoon.
Finding a New Soup Recipe
I made use of the Yummly app to find a new soup recipe. Called a “smart cooking sidekick”, Yummly allows me to find the perfect recipe. By entering in preferences and filters I can narrow down my search by cook time, course, cuisine, occasion, diet, allergy, nutrition and the ingredients I have on hand.
I already have my Yummly app set up with a vegan preference. The app stores my saved info as well, such as no meat, dairy products, gluten, eggs, soy or sugar.
Tonight I listed ingredients I had on hand, a prep and cook time of under an hour, and hit search. A list of recipes popped up, featuring their eye catching photos. Much like Pinterest, clicking on the photo takes me to a contributor’s website, where a full list of ingredients and directions for the recipe are posted.
Vegan Potato Carrot Soup
I settled on a potato leek carrot soup, minus the leeks, which I did not have on hand. This vegan recipe, from Healthier Steps, was simple to prepare with a couple of adaptations to match my available ingredients. Check out her website for amazing plant based recipes.
I doubled this recipe, as noted below.
Vegan Potato Carrot Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 can coconut milk
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Sauté onion, carrots, celery and garlic until soft, about 4 minutes.
Add thyme and stir. Add potatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, water, coriander, turmeric and cumin. I also added a teaspoon of sea salt.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through and tender. Season with black pepper and more sea salt, if needed. Makes 6-8 servings.
The new soup recipe proved to be delicious. Full of veggies and savory with a subtle blend of spices, the Potato Carrot Soup goes into my “keep” section on Yummly.
I enjoy cooking, especially on cool evenings. A hot bowl of soup is satisfying comfort food and serves up warmth, nutrition and a perfect hygge experience.
The 7 day hygge challenge is finished. Practicing coziness continues. I’ll randomly select the remaining hygge activities from the jar, over the winter.
Even as Christmas decorations come down, winter deepens and will remain for three more months. I’ll practice creativity, finding ways to display candles and pile up the thick blankets and bring natural elements indoors. It’s going to be very cozy around here.