This month I have been a soup fanatic.  I can’t seem to get enough of it.  First off, I love soup on cold winter days (not that we’ve been having many of those lately).  But anyways, secondly, Ryder’s ayurvedic Dr. says soup is good for him and it’s a great place to add the spices that are beneficial for his body type (in the ayurvedic world).  So I was pleasantly surprised to see a few great soup recipes in January’s Sunset.  The one that caught my eye was the Toasted Bread, Bean and Vegetable Soup


Toasted Bread, Bean, and Vegetable Soup from Sunset


It had everything that is good for Ryder in it, plus we have a ton of swiss chard in our garden, I had just bought a huge bunch of carrots at the farmers market, we had day old bread and we always have beans on hand.  So I decided if I was going to make this soup I was going to make a couple others in the magazine but I didn’t have enough vegetable broth so I figured let’s make some homemade. 


This is how I spent my New Years Day, making soup.  It was perfect.  I made some homemade vegetable stock (the recipe I found in an Alice Waters cookbook)


Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution
After making the vegetable stock I took the veggies I used in the stock and pureed them to use later as a vegetable bisque (I just can’t throw away food).  I froze the pureed veggies, the remainder of the vegetable stock and the left over toasted bread, bean and vegetable soup (after we all ate huge bowls of it for dinner). 
It was great, one day and all this soup which will feed us for a long time.
A week later we tried the Creamy Cauliflower soup
Creamy Cauliflower Soup from Sunset
which doesn’t have an ounce of cream in it- ohhhh so yummy!
The other recipe that made me crave soup (but we haven’t tried yet) is the Romesco Soup
Romesco Soup from Sunset
Doesn’t that look good!
I just love a good soup and a nice salad and some warm bread – to me that makes the perfect dinner!
Hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we do.

Yesterday was our 2nd visit to an Ayurvedic doctor to help Ryder with his allergies.  If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, in a nutshell, Ayurveda is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.  So with that said we have come to find out Ryder is a Pitta (one of the three doshas) and we need to desensitize him to certain things and get him healthy again.  This means watching the types of food combinations he eats (fruit and yogurt/milk is a big no, no- who would’ve known – the kid loves his fruit filled yogurt- but no more).  I am hoping this will be a lifelong solution to his horrible allergies he has.  We do not want to see him on medication for the rest of his life for these allergies.  We are hoping we can learn how to keep him healthy with the food he eats and with some herbal remedies the doctor provides.

We desensitized him to sugar yesterday, which means staying away from all sugar for 25 hours.  Well let me tell you- everything we eat contains sugar.  I don’t mean “we” just as our family but “we” as everyone in this nation.  Wow!  I challenge you to read some food labels and see just what is in the food we buy.   I had to do this back when Ryder was about 1 b/c of all his food allergies.  It would take me hours to shop because I read every label.  It really makes you aware of all the awful stuff we put into our bodies and don’t even know.  The 25 hours will be up this afternoon, but let me tell you, trying to explain this to a 3 1/2 year old is challenging.  Let’s hope this works because I do NOT want to do this again.  Not that we eat tons of sugar – but it’s in everything- he couldn’t even eat fruit because of the sugars in it. 

This will be worth it in the long run- 25 hours of an inconvenience is minimal to a lifetime of health. We will be going once a week for 3 months and then after that will be maintenance.  I would eventually like the entire family to go – but baby steps for now. 

We are very excited to see what happens.