Winter is all about being cozy, taking solace in delicious comfort foods, building immunity and enjoying every bit of nip in the air. Many of us tend to put on more weight during winter and have you wondered why? Doctors believe that cold weather slows down the metabolic activity, making us prone to various infections and in general, people also end up eating a little more extra to feel satiated and comfy for longer hours.
While we are talking about delicious food, let us also agree that cooking in winter months is quite a task and it’s time to look for something that can be easily whipped up. Well, if that dish is loaded with nutrition, it’s all the better. So, in this article may be suggest soup that can be made easily and a powerhouse of nutrition? How about Sweet Corn, that quintessential winter vegetable/a whole grain/fruit?
Yep! That’s right. The goodness of sweet corn is such that researchers are actually confused about categorizing it under one. Also known as maize, it is perhaps the world’s most popular cereal corn and those succulent, juicy kernels on the cob are an eclectic mix of various nutritious components.
Each 100 grams of boiled corn consists 73% of water, 3.4 grams of protein, 21 grams carbohydrates, 2.4 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of sugar. It also contains a good amount of Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Zinc and copper. Sweet corn also offers you a variety of vitamins including Vitamin B5, folate, niacin, potassium and Vitamin B6.
There are many recipes that can be made with corn. You can add boiled corn to your salads, pastas, as a pizza topping or just churn into a hot soup.
Corn soup is in fact a popular food item, popular across the globe. It is not only comforting but helps in fighting infections.
And here is how you stir up corn soup.
1 cup boiled corn kernels
¼ cup slightly crushed corn kernels for garnishing
¼ cup carrots, chopped finely
¼ cup onions, chopped finely
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tsp butter
1 tsp corn flour
½ tsp finely chopped ginger
5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a pan, add butter and saute onions, ginger, garlic along with carrots
Let onions caramalize and add boiled corn kernels.
Add vegetable stock and allow it to boil
Stir in some corn flour for thickening the soup. Adjust salt and pepper to taste
Boil it for 5 minutes. Pour it into the soup bowls and garnish it with more corn kernels. Serve hot.
Corn is loaded with good carbs, high amounts of digestive fibre that can deal with various digestive disorders. A good source of protein, it helps in weight loss too. The super amounts of vitamins, minerals in these succulent corn kernels provide daily dose of nutrition. Adding carrots this soup provides ample amounts of Vitamin A, while onion, garlic, ginger not only regulate metabolism but also flush out toxins.