After watching the ball drop, I managed to catch a cold. I very rarely get sick, despite what may be lingering in the air. Not this time. This past week has mostly been about honing my best seal impression, and getting more sleep than I have ever possibly imagined needing in my entire lifetime.
By midweek, all I wanted was a bowl of soup. Despite my incessant begging and pleading, circumstances were such that no one was able to magically produce a homemade soup for me. Eventually, I gave up, and created this one myself.
As I’ve mentioned before, prepared soups and stocks are far too sodium-laden for my taste. Frankly, I think they all taste the same anyway. But those same high standards are also the reason I spent the good part of a day hand-chopping all of the ingredients to put into this kitchen-sink of a soup (which turned into a stew in the process)… and promptly fell asleep shortly after finishing it.
I’d been meaning to experiment with adding seitan to my soups, if only for the somewhat obvious reason that I have a stockpile of prepared seitan that really should be used up. The addition of the seitan, along with the piles and piles of vegetables, resulted in something more stew-like than soup.
The most noticeable flavor in this comes from the seitan. Because of the Italian flavoring of the seitan, it is a spicier creation than my usual soups. The stock color deepened over time, taking on sort of a brown-ish tint, and the flavors deepened as well. This became one of those dishes that was even better as leftovers. As with all of my soups, I just followed my intuition. By necessity, I just worked with what was around, because there was no way I was going anywhere.
This is not a recipe, so much as a palette of colorful and tasty foods to work with, should you have an interest in making something similar.
I used: celery, nutritional yeast, water, red potatoes, green and yellow bell peppers, red onion, portabella mushrooms, button mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, 3 links of Italian-style seitan sausage, black pepper, Mrs. Dash.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015! Enjoy! 🙂