Student Friendly Tomato Soup: Good for Health, Quick & Easy
One of the big challenges in University life is finding the time to make a healthy meal or simply to stay healthy without sacrificing study time -and maybe watching your favourite show or simply because we are too lazy to. I’ve never really looked into drinking soup as a healthy way of making up for my lack of nutrients from eating Harveys, Pizza Pizza, and the like -all day long. Only recently did I come across interesting articles on the healthiness of tomatoes. I’m not a science person, but the benefits seem pretty substantial: good for skin, good for preventing cancer, heart disease, and high cholesterol (http://healthfood-guide.com/tomatohealthbenefits.aspx)!! Tomatoes are absolutely fantastic!
I ended up making my own tomato soup over the weekend with only a few ingredients and in one hour. All you need to do is dump everything in and let it simmer for an hour. Then you can enjoy steamy tomato soup for the entire week!
- 4-5 large tomatoes
- 1 sweet onion
- two potatoes
- 1 cup (1/2 pound) of minced beef
- 1 can of chicken stock
1. In a large pot, fill up the pot with water until it reaches approximately 1/4 of the pot.
2. Set the stove to boil and prepare your cutting board.
- wash and slice tomatoes into quarters and set aside (make sure to get rid of the stems!)
- wash and cut onions into small pieces (I cut them so they were not too thinly sliced because I like to have something to chew on)
- peel, wash, and cut potatoes into medium pieces (depends on how you like your potatoes -I generally make them around 0.5 inches by 0.5 inches)
- wash minced beef in cold water and set aside
3. As the water boils, put in your tomatoes, onions, and potatoes first. Wait until it begins to boil again before adding in the chicken stock.
4. Add 3 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar (you can add whatever seasoning you would like)
5. Set to simmer (around 2) and wait for it to sit for about 50 minutes.
6. After 50 minutes, add in the minced beef (make sure you separate them a little or you’ll end up with huge chunks of meat).
7. Taste the soup to see if the taste is to your liking. It should not be too strong and be soothing.
Simple & Tasty Tomato Soup!
I can’t express my current love for tomatoes properly. I’m actually enjoying some of this soup right now after a long day and a late night class. It’s not a complete substitute for healthy meals, but this definitely hits the spot on rainy days, tiring days, and just plain lazy days. Why drink canned soup when you can have this cheaper and healthier?