5 restorative broths to reset you 

By Jess Spiro, 18 January 2021

Whether you’re a “new year, new me” kind of person, or just looking for something a little lighter after the festive season, we’ve got just the thing. Broths are not only simple to make, but they’re a great option for those times you need to eat but don’t want anything too heavy. We’ve rounded up 5 of our best broths to set you right this January. 

Wholesome quick chicken broth with poached chicken

This wouldn’t be any kind of broth round-up if it didn’t include a quick chicken version. This is a great way to boost shop-bought stock and turn it into something that your granny might make. Play around with the veggies used here – any will work as long as they’re quick-cooking. Think shredded kale, chopped broccoli or cabbage.
Get the recipe for wholesome quick chicken broth with poached chicken here.

Poached chicken in coconut broth

This coconutty broth is the perfect recipe for when you need comforting nourishment, without any hassle. Make double the broth (without the chicken and mushrooms) and freeze it for future last-minute dinners. You could serve this with prawns or hake or a pile of quick-cooking greens instead of chicken.

Get the recipe for poached chicken in coconut broth here.

Turmeric-and-coconut broth

Two coconut-based broths in one round-up might seem excessive but we couldn’t leave this out. With its super-powered addition of turmeric, this broth is not only good for those times of reset, but also for anytime you’re feeling under the weather.
meat-free meals: Turmeric-and-coconut broth recipeGet the recipe for turmeric-and-coconut broth here.

Mussels in spicy tomato broth

This recipe proves that not all broths need to be something you eat hunkered down on the couch. If you’ve got people coming over, this dish is easy to make and perfect for a light summer dinner.
Get the recipe for mussels in spicy tomato broth here.

Crispy sesame tempura mushrooms and Asian-style mushroom larb broth

This goes to show that veggie broths can be just as filling as meaty ones – especially when mushrooms are involved. If the whole recipe sounds fiddly, you could omit the tempura mushrooms entirely, or simply pan-fry them and serve them on top of the broth.
Get the recipe for crispy sesame tempura mushrooms and Asian-style mushroom larb broth here.

Jess Spiro

Article by Jess Spiro

Jess Spiro is a freelance food writer, chef and restaurant critic based in Cape Town, who can often be found in search of the next great plate of food. Follow her on Instagram @jess_spiro to see what she's eating.
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