With a mix of healthy carbs, veggies, and legumes, a bowl of stew has all you need for a well-balanced meal. And with so many soup variations out there, you could have a different stew every day and never get bored. So, for tonight's menu, why not prepare a scotch broth? It's a humble soup prepared the Scottish way. And we revisited the classic recipe to make it vegan and healthier. Let us show you how to do it!
Simple and comforting, the Scotch broth is a traditional soup that originated in Scotland. It's so popular now that you can even find the ready-made, canned version at the supermarket. The original recipe includes winter vegetables, pearl barley, and stewing cuts of mutton, lamb, or beef.
As some recipe variations also include legumes, we simply replaced meat with beans for our plant-based version. But if you still want the look and feel of meat, you could also use shredded jackfruit. We have a stewed jackfruit recipe where you can find tips and inspiration if you want to give it a go.
Before we start, let's have a look at all the delicious ingredients that make up our vegan scotch broth:
Pearl Barley - This cereal has lovely nutty and roasted notes and a wonderful chewy texture. It's one of the distinctive ingredients of the Scotch broth, so we don't recommend substituting it with other cereals. But a good alternative would be spelt, and for a gluten-free option, you can use oat groats or buckwheat groats.
Vegetables - A classic scotch broth mix includes onions, carrots, and leeks, plus swede or turnips. Shredded cabbage added at the last few minutes of cooking time gives the soup a pop of colour and extra nutrients.
Yellow Split Peas - Many scotch soups include a mix of green split peas, yellow split peas, and red lentils. Here, we opted for just yellow peas to keep the ingredients list short and sweet.
All you have to do is simmer the ingredients until tender and then get ready to savour this warming and hearty soup. Each bowl has only 360 calories, and yet it packs nearly all the fibres you need in a day, plus 30% RDI of proteins. With a single meal, you'll stock on plenty of vegetables, precious nutrients, and slow-digesting carbs, sure to keep you full and satiated for long. Awesome!