GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 16, 2018 — It's no surprise that during the dark frigid months of a Midwest winter, comfort foods reign supreme. And for many Midwesterners, comfort food comes in the form of soup. It turns out that soup may be bringing more comfort to more people this year as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that there are more cases of influenza this year that rival the last severe outbreak.
Whether soup possesses healing qualities or not is debatable; however, according to Fine Cooking, soup, being more liquid than most foods, helps with rehydration, as fevers and viruses rob the body of fluids. If illness or cabin fever is motivating you to make your own homemade soup, the Meijer chefs who oversee the retailer's fresh deli and meal selections offer their tips on making three popular soups of the season: Creamy Lobster Bisque, Lemon Chicken Rice Soup, and a vegetarian favorite, Curried Winter Squash Laksa.
The trick to making any good soup is to practice a simple method called layering, as in “layering flavor.” In other words, you build upon each ingredient, hence the term, layering. Layering isn't complicated. It just takes time. And it is the key to making these soups delectable.
Creamy Lobster Bisque – When it comes to soups, a bisque is about the thickest you can get. Here are some tips to keep in mind when making lobster bisque.
Lemon Chicken Rice Soup – Also known as Avgolemono, Lemon Chicken Rice Soup may bring some relief to virus sufferers due to the extra energy boost in protein due to the eggs and chicken.
Curried Winter Squash Laksa – Laksa is a spicy noodle soup that is a winter favorite thanks to the warming quality of spice and fiber-rich vegetables.
When storing any soup, it's important to completely chill a soup before storing it in the refrigerator. When reheating, reheat it on the stove versus the microwave. Reheating soup slowly reactivate the flavors.
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
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