One Pot Love: Soup

It does not have to be chilly for me to enjoy soup.  In fact, most days, I prefer to have a cup of hot, fragrant and savory soup because of the feeling of home that comes with the consumption of this one pot meal.  As a child, the primary soup in my life was, as for many, sopa de pollo.  I learned to make chicken soup by watching my grandmother in the kitchen, making the broth and chopping the onions, garlic, carrots, and parsley; adding salt and pepper to taste and experiencing joy when the process was complete and the ladle met my bowl.

Sopa de platano was a hearty and filling soup that hit the spot on the chilliest of days and asopado de frijoles negros brought our traditional rice and beans to a new light. When my children were younger, sopa was the best way for me to get the balance of nutrition into their bodies, and so I began to explore outside of my grandmother’s scope.  Lentils, wild mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, quinoa, nuts, spinach, and leeks became my soulful need. (The list of ingredients varies to your creativity and palate.)  And although I love making soups from scratch, there are many wonderful choices in the local restaurants and cafes that can easily be my fix for the day.

Roasted butternut squash, apple & ginger bisque, pumpkin honey, spicy lentil, crème de cauliflower & parsnip, shitake, broccoli & miso, heirloom tomato, roasted chile, cilantro and lime…shall I continue? Italian Wedding, New England Clam Chowder, Matzah Ball, Mexican Pozole, Albanian Wedding, Hungarian Goulash, African Chickpea & Kale, Armenian Harissa, Vietnamese Pho, and more I can relish. 

Warming the heart and feeding the soul is the essence of one-pot meals, but soups, consommés, chowders, bisques, and stews really carry an array of textures and fragrances that can reach a foundation within and bring contentment to those of us that are comfort food lovers. Most relevant is that the health component of soup can be therapeutic and energy shifting once you find the combination that feeds your heart and soul.

Yoga feeds the soul in physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological ways that can have an enduring influence in our lives.  And like the beauty of the one-pot meal — soups in particular — our asana practice nourishes us on a daily basis and actually makes a transformational difference in our lives.

Whether you begin your journey with a new recipe for a delicious pot of soup, pick up a pint on the way home, or roll out your mat, you are deciding to feed the soul with love and nourishment for self, and that allows us to then love and nourish all of those around us in an authentic and present manner.  Some days your practice will fill you, and other days the soup will bring the comfort you have been craving.  Hopefully, both will align for you in an extraordinary moment!

p.s. Delicious soups are found at Rialto in Cambridge and Flora in East Arlington.  Or, if you are on the go, swing by L’Aroma in Boston or Newton, Diesel Café in Somerville, or Hi Rise and Sofraboth in Cambridge.  All have delicious choices that will serve you in a pinch to warm your heart and feed your soul.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pragmatic Mom
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 18:44:16

    I love soup too! Lovely post and so timely with this recent burst of cold weather!


  2. Sorayah (Yamyah)
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 20:06:07

    i love soups and i love making them :] i “blame” my mediterranean background for the love of healthy and yummy meals, especially soups. Maybe you could suggest a tasty recipe to me so i could try something traditional to you, Bless xx


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