Pureed vegan soups are robust and full of flavor. Pureed soup involves cooking starchy vegetables or legumes (or both) in a broth, then pureeing the ingredients until they are thick and creamy. Beginning your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup will improve your health, as long as you serve the right one.
Vegetable soup can quickly fill you up without too many calories. It can also help you meet your recommended vegetable intake of two to three cups per day. Still, some varieties of this soup are also filled with sodium, which can adversely affect your blood pressure. Therefore, it is even better to make the soup yourself so you know that it is healthy.
A puree is a food that has been broken down. Generally, it includes vegetables, fruits, or legumes that have been ground, pressed, blended, or sieved to a smooth paste or liquid consistency. Specific food purées are commonly identified by particular names, for example, applesauce or hummus. The word has French roots, where it meant distilled or refined in 13h century French.
About Vegan Vegetable Puree Soup
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eating plenty of vegetables will help you reduce the risk of cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes because of their high nutrient content.
Potassium helps reduce the blood pressure increase caused by high sodium intake, and vitamin A is essential for good vision and immune function. Both of these are commonly found in vegetables.
Purees can be processed in a blender, with special tools like a potato masher, by pushing the mixture through a filter, or by merely grinding it into a bowl. In general, purées must be cooked before or after grinding to enhance flavor and texture, eliminate toxic substances, and/or decrease their water content. Purées useful as nutritious meals for children, babies, and those unable to chew.
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