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Staying Warm and Healthy: Affordable Soup Recipes

Hello again, savvy shoppers!

Nothing beats the cold better than a warm, hearty soup as we fully immerse ourselves in winter. Not only do soups offer comfort on chilly nights, but they’re also a fantastic way to incorporate affordable, in-season produce into your meals. Today, we’ve got some budget-friendly soup recipes for you to try!

1. Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin is a winter staple in Australia and for good reason. It’s versatile, full of nutrients, and quite economical. For a creamy pumpkin soup, all you’ll need is:

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Roast the pumpkin, onion, and garlic until soft, then blend with the stock and seasonings. Serve with a warm bread roll for a delicious, filling meal.

2. Hearty Vegetable Soup

You can’t go wrong with a classic vegetable soup. It’s healthy, full of flavour, and a great way to use any leftover veggies in the fridge.

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Any other veggies you have on hand (try adding in-season veggies like broccoli and spinach)
  • Salt, pepper, and herbs to taste

Sauté the onion, garlic, and harder veggies (like carrot and celery), then add tomatoes, other veggies, and seasonings to your stock. Let it simmer until all the veggies are tender.

Remember, recipes are only guidelines! Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients based on what’s on sale or what you already have.

Saving More on Your Soup

To get the best value for your money:

  • Buy vegetables when they’re in season or on sale.
  • Consider buying in bulk and freezing what you don’t use immediately.
  • Use the entire vegetable where possible (like the stalks of broccoli).

So, there you have it! Two simple, affordable, and nutritious soup recipes to keep you warm this winter. Stay tuned for our next post, discussing energy efficiency tips to save on your heating bills.

Stay warm, stay healthy, and save well!



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