Since the vegetables were sauteed prior to going in the soup, they were soft and pulsing with flavour. The hot red pepper flakes provided a slight increase in temperature, but it was not the kind of the heat makes you desperately search for a glass of water; it was more tingly than hot (My Dumb and Dumber fans will appreciate that line). Bringing all of the flavours together, topping this soup with chopped green onions is a must.
Have a MEH (Meat Eating Husband)?: Don't worry! You can add chunks of chicken to the soup and it still works out! (I cooked the recipe as directed, and I added chicken into my MEH's portion. He loved it!).
Soup gives you a nutrient dense meal, leftovers for lunch the next day, and can add variety to your weekly dinner meals. This particular soup recipe is loaded with vegetables. Mushrooms are often overlooked because they lack the bright colour that other vegetables offer. But, mushrooms are packed with goodness! They contain vitamins, minerals, protein, water and fibre. For many years, mushrooms have been known for their medicinal properties. In fact, mushrooms have been believed by some cultures to cleanse blood, improve circulation, and fight against diseases such as diabetes.
Recently, research has shown that mushrooms may aid with disease prevention. In specific mushrooms contain beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid. Beta-glucans have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and conjugated linoleic acid has been shown to suppress estrogen levels. High levels of estrogen are associated a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Although more studies are needed on the various health benefits of mushrooms, the current research holds promise and reiterates one key message: EAT MORE VEGGIES!
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Overall recipe rating: 3.5/5 kiwis