The holidays can leave us like our bank accounts: depleted. So it's not the time to set ourselves up for failure with lots of unachievable resolutions. Here is my suggestion for what to do instead.
I know why Andy Warhol used cans of Campbell's tomato soup for his pop art. It is a classic that most of us grew up on. To be honest, as a kid I thought that buying soup from the store was the only way to make it.
Step one: Open can.
Step two: Dump contents into pot. (Note: contents often were still in the shape of the can.)
Step three: Add water.
Step four: Heat soup.
As I grew up, my taste became more sophisticated. I started to buy Progresso soup. (No need to add water!) Then I switched to soups in boxes that had the word "organic" emblazoned on them. I felt so virtuous and smart but I was no closer to making my own soup. Then I noticed one day that the Pennsylvania farm that delivered in my area offered chicken stock. (Click here if you want to know the difference between stock and broth.) A friend of mine said that this farm's stock was like gold---chock-full of collagen, fats, minerals and important nutrients.
So I was psyched. There's been a lot of hype about bone broth lately and I understand why. On top of being deeply nourishing and delicious, it helps fight colds, boosts the immune system, eases achy joints and leads to glowing skin and contributes to vibrant health.
This "gold" stock would be the base for my homemade soup, instead of chicken bouillon cubes or the thin fat-free watery broth that is sold in grocery stores. Now I had to roll up my sleeves and get cooking. Little did I realize how simple it would be!
Step one: Chop up whatever veggies you happen to have on hand. I've used kale, onions, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, what have you.
Step two: Toss them in the broth and simmer.
Step three: Add spices (or meats) to suit your taste on any given night. For a southwestern meal, like chicken tortilla soup, I add chicken, salsa, and paprika for a kick. (Right before serving, we add chips, avocado, and shredded cheese.) For an eastern-inspired Thai-like dish, I add chicken, coconut milk and lime or lemon juice.