Have one of those people this week with a questionable stomach who refuses to stop eating all the spicy holiday snacks because they hate bland food? Try this soup for them, tailoring the broth and protein to what you have on hand. I used beef broth (okay, boullion cubes) because I had a bit of leftover Christmas Eve steak I chopped – after scraping off all the Montreal steak seasoning I could from it. This recipe makes 2-4 servings, depending on how hungry/daring your sick folk are.
- 4 cups broth/boullion
- steak or chicken (optional but SOMEONE must have meat or it doesn’t count as a meal)
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 onion
- 2 tbsp minced garlic (more or less, I like more)
Heat 1-2 tablespoons oil (I used peanut) in a big pot; I have one of those big cast iron enameled Dutch oven pots with a lid. Looks like the fancy expensive brand but it’s not. Works just the same, imagine that!
Chop the onion well (I used sweet yellow) and saute it in the hot oil for a few minutes, reducing it and doing some caramelization. Just before you think you’re done, throw in the garlic. If you don’t keep a jar of minced garlic in your house at all times, I don’t think we can be friends.
Do not let the garlic burn! Just stir it around a minute and then add the broth and the rice. Stir, and add protein if you are putting any in. Turn the heat down to a simmer. I let that simmer for probably 45-60 minutes tonight because I had time, even though it overcooks the rice. I added chopped celery and carrots for the last half hour. That made them nice and hot but still a little crunchy.
By the time we were ready to eat, the rice was mushy (which I think is a good thing for an upset stomach) the veggies still had crunch and it all had a good flavor without anything super spicy and potentially irritating like cumin or pepper. It was a thick soup because of the rice but if you want a soupier soup you could always add more liquid while cooking.
All in all, it was a non-irritating soup for the stomach and tasted good enough for healthy people to enjoy. It got the seal of approval from Nauseous McCrankypants which is a rare and wonderful thing so I thought I’d better write this down so I remember what worked!