Temple-mode minestrone


Even I’ll admit, there are days when I’ve simply had too much cheesecake, and a few too many croissants and deep-fried chicken wings. I’m often left feeling bloated, clogged up and frankly, quite disgusted with myself. To remedy this, I switch to temple-mode and focus on clean, fresh, light foods. Although I always aim to drag this phase on for as long as I can, it realistically only lasts a couple of days. I cram in as much goodness in this time as I can muster, and this minestrone features frequently as a temple-mode lunch.

This is not tomato-based like the more traditional, hearty ones that you’ve probably had before. I favour using clear vegetable/chicken stock for maximum cleansing effect, and it is also prettier to look at because the colours of the vegetables stand out more. There’s also my personal touch of adding a heap of torn baby spinach leaves at the bottom of the bowl before ladling the boiling soup over. The velvet-y texture and subtle crunch of just-wilted spinach adds a lovely texture to the dish, since the rest of the veg becomes rather soft, and not to mention, provides a great nutritional boost. For myself, I keep this minestrone carb-free; no potatoes, no beans, no pasta. Again, for detox purposes. But when I serve this to the kids, I like adding some cooked brown rice or whole-wheat orzo, plus some shredded chicken or tofu to make it a complete meal. This soup ticks so many boxes for me. It’s quick to prepare, economical, it tastes delicious and is nourishing for the body, and the monkeys sweet children like it. There’s currently nothing better in life than to watch the little onesĀ eat their dinners happily and peacefully. This is definitely a keeper.

About Dawn Chia

Dawn, a lanky food-crazed lady, started out writing for lifestyle magazines, and later spent several years in banking. When not eating, she's cooking, reading about, hankering after, and writing about food. On her first date with her boyfriend (now husband), they dined at four restaurants across Singapore. He's gained 25lbs since, and their culinary escapades continue after welcoming two rotund angels. Dawn's committed to feeding them with the best, and creating lasting food memories and traditions for her family.