Lee Holmes shares her favourite, fresh soups with a modern addition - zoodles!
Today I’m recreating some of my old favourite soups with a modern twist. If you’re attempting to satisfy your soup cravings with quick takeaway like pho or ramen, I’ve got an easy trick for you to make your own healthy versions, minus the additives and sugar.
First, I bring you zoodles. 'Zoodles' are zucchini noodles, i.e. zucchini that has been spiralised into a noodle shape.
Spiralizers are an inexpensive and super handy kitchen tool to help make something intresting out of veggies like sweet potato, carrot and cucumber. Tip: For those who don’t have a spiralizer and aren’t sure they’re ready for the commitment, you can try improvising with a peeler or mandolin.
For avid noodle fans who think that zoodles are just an 'impasta', you may be rolling your eyes, unwilling to try out zoodles, but hear me out! Zucchini is high in fibre so it will keep you fuller for longer and help get things moving on the inside. They’re also known to help you lose weight and boost the nutrient value of your diet. Also high in vitamin C and vitamin A, zucchini is great for your overall immunity, heart and eye health.
Try my Thai Prawn, Peanut and Zucchini Noodle soup. Prawns provide a filling source of protein, while the zucchini noodles offer an easily digestible alternative to wheat and white rice noodles that send your blood sugars on a rollercoaster.
If that's not your style, you can also try my Chicken, Edamame and Zucchini Noodle Soup for a great aid for cold and flu, or just a healthy midweek meal.
Ginger, garlic and onion, are full of wonderful flavours and anti-virals that help reduce inflammation, stimulate circulation and boost the immune system. The edamame beans are the perfect swap for your regular croutons because they’re high in protein, don’t raise blood sugar levels and may help to lower cholesterol.