Healthy & Hearty Tom Yum
By now, even reliable comfort foods can lose their warming charm. Risotto, Jacket Potatoes, Dhal… all the old favourites which seemed so exciting in the late Autumn now seem to…
By now, even reliable comfort foods can lose their warming charm. Risotto, Jacket Potatoes, Dhal… all the old favourites which seemed so exciting in the late Autumn now seem to stretch in an unending starchy line to Summer. And while it’s not quite time to retire the masher for the season, a dose of fresh and “zingy” flavour in the form of a clean & aromatic soup is just the thing to shake up a hibernating palate.
At Hart & Soul, we believe that Thai food is a fantastic cuisine. It’s so far removed from the flavours that our Western palates are used to.
Tom Yum is the essence of Thai flavours: fresh, hot, sour, sweet and spicy. Set in a phenomenal translucent broth that comforts the soul. The soup is aromatic enough to cut through even the stuffiest of winter colds.
Did you know that the name Tom Yum simply means hot and sour soup? What’s also great about this soup is that it can contain anything; beef, chicken, crab, prawns, vegetables or tofu. It’s a very adaptable recipe which also has the added benefit of being ridiculously quick to make once you’ve amassed the ingredients – just what you need after a busy day!
The lovely Natalie (nat_hax) threw this healthy, hearty, chicken and vermicelli tom yum soup together using our Hart & Soul Tom Yum Cup for a quick, easy, warm & comforty goodness soup. Damn girl!
1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed and sliced
100g dry vermicelli noodles
1 Hart & Soul Tom Yum Soup Cup
Place the chicken in a saucepan over high heat. Pour boiling water over the chicken until just covered. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
Add broccolini and noodles to the saucepan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and noodles are tender. Carefully drain the water from the saucepan. Slice chicken. Add chicken, broccolini and noodles to a bowl.
Warm up Hart and Soul Tom Yum Soup as per cup instructions. Pour soup over chicken, broccolini and noodles, and serve immediately.
Mid week dinner never looked so exciting, with this mouthwatering Gluten Free / Vegetarian combination of melt in your mouth flat mushrooms, spicy & creamy Coconut Lentil, tasty melted cheese and fresh chives! At Hart & Soul, we are all about balanced flavours & textures. The beautiful Melanie Lionello (@naturallynitritious) whom we developed our Coconut Lentil with has put this recipe together and it’s oh… so smart! You will have fun cooking, eating and feeling warm from your head to your toes with this one! This kind of comfort food, at it’s finest is great for you. Mushrooms are an amazing food. They are meaty, juicy and chewy. Their umami flavour (brothy/meaty) lends itself to an endless array of cuisines and dishes. Mushrooms are a source of iron and fibre and low in carbohydrates. They provide you with lean proteins and are free from cholesterol and fat. Due to their nutrient density, they actually rank higher than most fruits and vegetables, and some researches show that mushrooms are one of the rare foods that people can eat as often as possible, with no side effects.
For this recipe, you can use either Portobello or regular Button mushrooms. It can easily be scaled up—doubled or tripled. You will need to scrub the mushrooms well first, then just snap out the stems. They’ll come out easily, no need to use a knife. Have the mushrooms cleaned and stems removed ahead of time but don’t cook them until you want to serve: Once cooked, stuffed mushrooms do not hold up well for long periods. Bake some, serve and repeat. YUM!
Pumpkin season is here! Pumpkins are said to have an amazing array of health benefits. The bright orange vegetable can protect against cancer, boost vision, lower blood pressure, helps you feel fuller for longer and allows you to sleep better. Pretty special for a big orange thing like this! To keep you warm during the winter months, here at Hart & Soul we have combined one of the healthiest vegetables of the season with the creaminess of coconut milk and a fusion of warm Thai spices. Whisking your imagination away to a deserted, tropical island. Absolute bliss!
Sarah (@foodies_digest) understood this perfectly! The following recipe is what you make for dinner when it’s cold outside, you’re tired and short on time. So, yummy, looks fancy and reheats fantastically for lunches the next day. Taking a hot lunch, especially in cooler months, is an easy way to increase your veggie intake too. Sarah has used our new Coconut Pumpkin soup as a base to create this delicious vegan pasta bake. Very simple, very delicious and very veggieful!
Have the chilly winds of this week made you open up your winter closet to take out your coat and scarf? Yes, we too can definitely feel that winter is here! It’s trying to creep under our door and it’s now time to ‘pack away’ the bbq and instead, fire up the stove to cook hot meals to fill our bellies with hearty, healthy food!
For Hart & Soul, pumpkin soup has to be at the top of the soup list; it’s straightforward and filling with just a few ingredients.
The beauty behind this new flavour is that you can use it as a base to create your own recipe or eat it just like it is, though we absolutely love to see all your genuine creations!
The following recipe has been created by Holly, aka @thehealthyhunter. A smart mix between the sweetness of the coconut, the smoothness of the pumpkin and the richness of the salmon; a ‘go-to’ when you don’t have much time to cook dinner though still fell like a warming and healthy meal.
Mid-week meals just got a lot easier with this Coconut Lentil Curry Prawns from Melanie Lionello(@naturallynutritious). You know these kind of days when you’re full of goodwill and want to cook a nice dinner? Then you read a recipe, scrolling down the page and shake your head asking “who has the time to make that?” These kind of days when you want dinner NOW? Like walk through the door and have it ready on the kitchen bench. Instead, you often find yourself relying on take-away or toasties… (we all do it).
We have been collaborating with Melanie Lionello to create our tasty Coconut Lentil. A soup based on South India’s staple lentil koottu, which includes both lentils and nutrient-rich mung beans, as well as capsicum and sweet potato to give it a slightly sweet taste that sets off the spices very nicely.
Melanie already developed two recipes using the Coconut Lentil. A Chicken Skewers on Naan Bread (she has the desire to share and create for people she loves, using real kumera, lentils, capsicum and mung beans all heightened and united by a traditional mix of Indian spices) and a Baked Jacket potato with pomegranate (a delicious and nourishing ‘go for’ if you are in lack of inspiration). We let you judge by yourself.
For this new recipe, Melanie decided to mix the sooth and super flavourful Coconut Lentil with some tangy pineapple and juicy prawns. Dinner ready in just 10 minutes!
Last week we payed homage to the Veganism with our Coconut Lentil soup. It’s now time to honour the simple and delicious Singaporean Laksa.
Laksa is a deep bowl of delicious comfort. It always taste so amazing. This Laksa recipe comes from Libby Elliot (@elizabethlouisenutrition), her Christmas twist uses smoked ham to add some protein to the dish. Serves one hearty meal or two lighter meals than are actually in the dish. But trust us, there won’t be any leftovers!
For the Smoked Ham
For the Laksa Soup
Hart & Soul have a wholesome burger for you! Burgers can be a complete dish, easy to make at home and could even be “balanced” if we choose the right bread, reduce the tonne of mayonnaise and five kilograms of French fries.
Our vegetarian burger ticks all the boxes; shape, texture and taste. The talented Elle from Cheeky Coconuts has developed a tasty vegan burger recipe using our Coconut & Lentil soup. And don’t worry, this recipe won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours! It’s easy, quick and D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.
You can also make a whole batch of these delicious vegan steaks, place them in separate resealable bags and store them in the freezer. When you feel like eating a ‘vegan steak’, just take one out, cook it and voilà.
When it comes to pasta, the Hart & Soul team totally agree with the Italians “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” We know a lot of people out there don’t eat pasta as they think of carbs being the enemy. Pasta is actually the perfect foundation for a healthy, delicious and satisfying meal. As an ideal “delivery system” for other nutritious foods, pasta meals can easily become nutritional all-stars. Off course be sure to keep an eye on portion sizes (a one-cup serving of cooked pasta is roughly the size of your fist). Pasta is also an ideal partner for other nutritious foods that are essential to a healthy diet. It’s great to pair with fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed, poultry and lean meats. So many possibilities!
Elle from Cheeky Coconuts shared her delicious Baked Pasta recipe, featuring in our Vegetable Tagine Soup Pouch. A delightful infusion of Moroccan spices with sweet potato, chickpeas, tomato, capsicum & raisins making it a balanced meal. Sorry did we mention that this baby is Gluten Free and Dairy Free? Definitely a winner!
Curried Fish Laksa? Heaven in a bowl. A slurpy- splash-orange-coloured sauce-down your white top, eaten in an enthusiastic ardour. Yes this is our kind of soup!
This dish is that good that it makes you look at your friends bowl to see if they have any left that you could steal. It’s also on the table in less than half an hour using only one pan! How wonderful? At Hart & Soul, we are always looking for new adventures. For that one, we have partnered with Dinner Twist, a genius service that deliver a box of fresh, local and top quality produce with a matching recipe book straight to your door for quick and healthy dinner. It’s easy, they plan, they shop, they deliver and you cook.
Using our Laksa kit as a base, they have developed a delicious Fish Curry The result is a tasty, beautifully complete aromatic dish.
PS: don’t forget the bib 🙂
A rigorous experiment revealed that on a hot, dry day, drinking a hot beverage can help your body stay cool.
So next summer, do us a favour and try it. Try our Hart & Soul Laksa Soup Kit in the midst of summer to not only cool you down but fill you with the right nutrients.
Laksa is a soup that embraces the aromas and heat of spices. Did you know that chili makes see everything through rose-colored glasses? It secretes endorphins in our brain. and the more you eat, the more you feel good!
Once again, Holly from @thehealthyhunter has done it, her beautiful recipe combines vibrant flavours of the soup and the benefits of the veggies she adds to it. So you can enjoy a gorgeous and truly healthy meal anytime of the day or season in just 10 minutes!