A plant-based lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular because everyone wants to live a healthy life through what they eat. This Vegetarian “Detox” Soup is a delicious Meatless Monday recipe idea that I believe the entire family will enjoy.
Why Meatless Monday?
Meatless Monday is a popular trend among people who want to cut meat out of their diet on a regular basis in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
On Mondays, they avoid eating meat for the entire day. Fish, chicken, and red meat are not permitted. However, meat substitutes, such as tofu or textured vegetable proteins, or other meat substitutes, can be included in their meals.
Furthermore, Meatless Monday is now a global campaign that encourages the consumption of vegan or
vegetarian meals on Mondays.
The elimination of meat from your diet for one day is not only good for your health but also good for the
Vegan/Vegetarian Meat Alternatives
Beyond Meat, products and other meat alternatives have gained a lot of popularity among vegans, vegetarians, and even some meat eaters because their meat alternatives are very tasty and, for the most part, look and feel like meat.
Check out my blog on the Health Benefits of Radishes to learn more about radishes and their many health benefits.
Traditional Jamaican soups include meats, root vegetables, pumpkin, dumplings, and yams. Soups are ideal for the cold winter months, but they can be enjoyed all year.
In Jamaica, however, Saturdays are typically soup days. The aroma of various soups permeates the atmosphere as you walk along with each house.
What Are The Most Popular Jamaican Soups?
Chicken foot Soup
Red Pea Soup with red meats (pigs tail, beef, smoked meat)
Mannish Water (Made with Goat Head)
Jamaican soups differ in flavor, aroma, and consistency due to the amount and type of ingredients used. The majority of our soups have a very rich and thick consistency.
The Mannish water, which most Jamaicans pronounce as “Manish Wata,” has a more broth-like consistency but is very flavorful and has a distinct smell and flavor.
Why Meatless Monday Vegetable Soup
For people who follow a Meatless Mondays lifestyle, their meals mainly consist of some type of legume, vegetables, fruits, and a starch side item. A meat substitute is sometimes used for added protein.
This is my first Meatless Monday soup. The soup is vegetable-based with my favorite kidney beans. Corn is the only starchy vegetable in the recipe and may be ideal for those who follow a ketogenic or keto diet.
I believe the high fiber content of this Meatless Monday vegetable Soup can help to naturally detoxify the body and cleanse the digestive system. Moreover, it may be enjoyed at anytime of the week.
I’m hoping that my blog may somehow motivate you to start following a plant-based diet or a Meatless Monday routine.
Vegetarian Vegetable Detox Soup: A Meatless Monday Recipe Idea
- Aluminum Pot
- Cutting Board
- 16 oz. Dried Red Kidney Beans
- 3 ears Corn
- 2 cups Fresh Kale, Chopped
- 5 medium Radishes, sliced ½ inch thick
- 2 cups Celery, sliced ½ inch pieces
- 1 tbsp. Pimento Seeds
- 2 cups Carrots, roughly cubed
- 1 packet Grace Cock Noodle Soup Mix
- 2 cubes Knoor's Vegetable Boullion.
- 1 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
- 2 tsp. Salt
- 2 stalks Scallion, roughly chopped
- 3 quarts water
- Under warm, running water, clean kidney beans. Kidney beans should be soaked for 24 hours at room temperature or overnight in 3 quarts of water with 2 teaspoons of salt. By doing so, the beans become softer and the cooking process is sped up.
- Empty the packet of Grace Soup Mix, Knorr bullion cubes, pimento seeds, scallion, and thyme into the beans mixture. Stir very well and let the beans cook until tender.
- Beans should be cooked for an hour or until they are soft and tender over a high flame in a covered pot. Take out 1 bean to check for doneness. If it can be readily crushed with a fork, they are done.
- Keeping this in mind, not all kidney beans are created equal. Depending on their maturity, some may require a longer cooking time. A pressure cooker will cook the beans in less than 60 minutes, reducing the total cooking time.
Let's Prepare The Vegetable For Soup
- Cut the corn into roughly 2-inch pieces on a chopping board using a knife with care. Roughly chop or slice the kale, radishes, celery, and carrots.
- Add cut vegetables to the bean mixture and cook for another 15 minutes over medium heat with the pot covered.
- Remove from flame and serve warm.