The season is shifting and the planet is ten days away from the fall equinox. As the weather cools, it's time to bring some warmth, nourishment and "roots" into our body. And nothing is more earthly than the potato, a food that has nourished humanity for thousands of years.
Americans, especially fitness professionals, have this "thing" with potatoes. It's a "bad" food because it's starchy and Americans over consume French fries.
I am the potatoes' number one fan! It's not necessarily the potato that is the problem, but HOW we prepare the potato and HOW MUCH potatoes we consume.
Various cultures around the world survive off of, and use the potato as part of their regular diet. The Irish, the Germans, Eastern Europeans, East Indians - everyone uses potatoes, but these cultures either boil, baked or lightly stir fry the potato. The potatoes aren't dunked in a vat of cooking oil and laden with chemicals.
This soup, similar to the taste of a pierogie, is simple, easy and an affordable recipe. I've made this several times and there is a trick to this soup, the size of the potato definitely matters! The smaller the russets, the more you'll taste the onion and garlic. The larger the potato, the more potato flavor you'll have. Please follow the notes below on this recipe.
As we kiss the summer sun goodbye, enjoy this late-summer/fall soup to bring heartiness and warmth to your home.
"My family lived off the land and summer evening meals featured baked stuffed tomatoes, potato salad, corn on the cob, fresh shelled peas and homemade ice cream with strawberries from our garden. With no air conditioning in those days, the cool porch was the center of our universe after the scorching days."
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com