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Enlightened Soups: More Than 135 Light, Healthy, Delicious and Beautiful Soups in 60 Minutes or Less Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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Homemade soup also comes close to being the perfect meal: easy to make, naturally low in fat, rich with nutrients, and convenient and economical, it is a superfood from most every perspective. That's the heart and soul of Enlightened Soups.
In addition, recent studies indicate that eating a healthful soup produces greater feelings of satisfaction and satiety at meals than a variety of other types of food. Researchers aren't sure why, but speculate that it may have to do with soup's high water content, as well as the piping hot serving temperature, which slows down the speed of eating, allowing time to notice a feeling a fullness.
But while the health news for soup is compelling, the primary reasons you'll want to make each and every soup in this collection are far simpler. First, they are absolutely and unfailingly delicious. Second, they are loaded with healthful ingredients, with a minimum of fat and calories. And third, they are all easy to make in 60 minutes or less.
These recipes honor the classics, but tweak tradition enough to keep them healthful and fresh, making all of these soups modern favorites as well as tried and true friends. Think Lemon Chicken Soup with Fresh Spinach & Pasta, Roasted Vegetable Minestrone, Italian Tortellini-Sausage Soup, Summer Corn & Basil Bisque, and Split Pea with Caramelized Onions.
Enlightened Soups includes a wealth of soups from across the country and around the world, adapted to be healthy and home-cook friendly, with familiar, readily available ingredients. For example, Tunisian Chickpea Soup, Tuscan Farro & Bean Soup, West African Peanut Soup, and Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup. In other words, this slender volume brings you the world in a bowl, one sip and slurp at a time.
It won't take much time or effort to work your way through these recipes, either, because soup-making has an honest minimalism that makes it accessible and appealing to home cooks of every level of ability. Enlightened Soups simplifies things further, offering recipes with particularly straightforward cooking techniques and easy-to-find ingredients, and then categorizing each according to total preparation and cooking time: 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
Finally, all of the recipes are well-tested, and follow recognized, "enlightened" guidelines for healthy eating, including no more than 10 grams of fat per serving, and utilization of healthy fats and oils, lean meats, and plenty of vegetables. In short, each recipe delivers contentment on multiple fronts.
So pull out the pans and enjoy your new collection. For ever-pleasing soups equally at home in the dining room or kitchen, you need look no further than Enlightened Soups , because fast, healthful, delicious soup is always in style. Soup's on!
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I cannot fail to mention that the book's design is especially pleasing and user-friendly, attractive and colorful presentation, concise recipes and nutritional details (calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates). A thorough introduction by the author yields important information, time-saving suggestions. The author describes homemade soups as "a dose of serenity sipped from a spoon... as comforting as home itself." Each recipe is simple and delicious, "loaded with healthy ingredients", minimizing fat and calories, made in sixty minutes or less, a marrying of country and world, healthy and "home cook friendly". There are helpful tips for preparing these soups, including canned and frozen ingredients, necessary equipment and storage.
But the proof is in the eating, the selections as varied and delicious as any creative cook could want: "Petite Pea Soup"; "Italian Tortellini Soup"; "Sausage Soup"; "Southwestern Black bean and Rice Soup"; "Wild Rice and Corn Soup"; "Gingered Chicken and vegetable Soup"; even "Green Chili Chowder". A bit worse for ear, Enlightened Soups has proven invaluable for its wealth of combinations, healthy ingredients and savory spices. Luan Gaines/2008.
I also found the book easy to navigate, with logical organization, and a very easy to use index.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many recipes, but the only draw back is that there aren't any pictures.Published 17 months ago by Collette E. Tardiff
This book had a bunch of different soups for all occasions. Great gift for my stepdad to make for my mom and him.Published on January 13, 2014 by kdkat
"Enlightened Soups" itself looks fine: interesting and healthy-looking recipes, but I'm seriously considering returning my Kindle edition. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Omnireader
What's better than a bowl of good soup on a cold winter's night? Nothing. Recipes are delicious and easy to follow. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Grandorse
Best. Soup. Ever. I have tried a few of the recipes but my favorites so far have been the Thom Kha, Black Bean and Pho Bo. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Pleased
I bought this book to help my kitchen staff come up with ideas for our daily soup and, so far, every recipe they've used has been spot on even when we're increasing the recipe by 4... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by CLUBTREMON