New to the Nordics? You must have already realised that the fruits and veggies variety here is a bit different, especially if you come from southern countries, where almost everything can be found all-year round. But worry not! The nordic countries have their own secrets to a good nutrition and keeping themselves warm during these long, dark, cold months. One of them? Root vegetables! Try making this easy and full of flavor soup, and you'll see how you stay warm and satisfied even on the coldest day.
Wanna know more about which fruits and veggies are in season? Check a harvest calendar! This is will be your best friend in order to find the best fruits and veggies for the best prices (and their taste is also the best during their harvest season). But now, to the recipe...
200g minced meat or
1.5 dl minced soy or
1 package of pulled oats or other plant protein
Assorted root vegetables (potato, parsnip, turnip, carrot, celeriac, etc.)
5 medium mushrooms
2 l water
2-4 garlic cloves
1 small onion
1tbsp cooking oil
Salt and pepper
1.5 tsp Soy sauce
Optional: chili flakes. Spinach, arugula or kale
Thinly slice the garlic cloves (the amount you use depends on how much garlic taste you want) and cut the vegetables to small cubes and the onion to thin slices.
In a big pot on medium heat put the oil and sauteé the garlic. Once it’s golden color, set it aside and cook the meat in the pot.
Once the meat is cooked, add the root vegetables and the water. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper, and chili flakes if desired. Bring the soup to boil and lower the heat. Cook for 15 minutes and add the chopped mushrooms and onions, and the garlic that was set aside. Continue the cooking until the vegetables are fully cooked.
When serving, spinach, arugula or kale can be added on top to add extra vitamins and flavor to the soup.
Pro tip: This soup can also be made with any vegetables available and extra carbs can be brought in by boiling noodles and adding them before serving.
Remember that it doesn’t matter what veggies you choose, mix and match colors to make sure you’re bringing as many nutrients as possible to your body!