Soups are delightful to sip on, when the air is colder. A steaming hot soup during rainy or cold weather is perhaps one of those simple pleasures of life that we all crave. Soups are considered healthier than other meals for several reasons. For one, they are low in calories due to the watery base and can help you stay hydrated. They also fill you up and are incredibly convenient as meals. You can snuggle up with a bowl in your bed or on a sofa or even carry your bowl with you to your work desk. Soups are also very versatile and accommodative of a wide range of ingredients, from vegetables to meats to food grains. Soups can be made as heavy or as light as you like and there are numerous ways of making them delicious and adjusting them according to every palate.
A lot of people prefer to add nutritious vegetables and other ingredients to their soups. They are preferred for times when you just want something healthy and filling. You can also make your soups rich in protein, by adding ingredients like beans, chicken, fish etc. If you're looking to incorporate a protein-rich soup in your diet, then we have the perfect recipe for you - 2-Bean and Chicken Soup! But before we look at how to make this soup, let's look at the nutrition in the soup.
Bean And Chicken Soup: The Perfect Healthy Companion For Monsoons
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Beans are one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Red beans that are used in this recipe are also replete with beneficial nutrients. A 100 gram portion of these beans contains 21 grams of protein and good amounts of potassium (as per data by the United States Department of Agriculture). Potassium is important for heart health. For non-vegetarians, chicken is one of the best sources of lean protein and is hence, the protein of choice for many around the world. A 100 gram portion of chicken contains 24 grams of protein and it has a whole range of essential amino acids.
Here's how to make protein-rich 2-bean and chicken soup for monsoons:
1. Boil the beans and roast the tomatoes on open fire.
2. Cut the skinned chicken into small pieces and saute the pieces with chopped onions, garlic and tomato puree.
3. Add the leftover water from boiled red kidney beans along with the beans. You may add chicken stock as well and cook for some time.
4. In a separate bowl, make salad using boiled beans, bean sprouts and season with salt and pepper.
5. Pour the soup in a bowl and add the salad to it. Serve hot.
Click here for the full recipe and details of quantities of ingredients. Sip on this soup that is both rich in protein and fibre, and is delicious!
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