If you are looking for a healthy and delicious savory main dish to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, I have just the thing. A flavorful and hearty white bean stew! It is loaded up with veggies, including cabbage, celery, carrots and onions, and it has white beans for protein. It is very easy to make, you just throw it all into a pot and cook it, and you have a big pot of delicious soup! It is packed with nutrients and fiber, it is low fat, and it will leave you feeling good and nourished instead of weighed down.
Beets are a super nutritious food! They contain immune boosting vitamin C, potassium for nerve and muscle function, and plenty of fiber among other things. So I like to include them in my meals. The recipe I am sharing with you today features them as the main ingredient paired with apple. It is a pureed soup that is delicious and reminds me of borscht because of its flavor but this soup is silky smooth. It is a good way to get in a lot of delicious vegetables and fruit in one sitting. This is good served with a light salad including protein on the side for dinner if you are looking for something healthy to enjoy.
If you are looking for a hearty and warming ingredient for your soups, lentils fit the bill. They cook much faster than beans, they are packed with protein and fiber and they are a good black palate for spices. The recipe I am sharing with you today is spiced with curry, and not only does it smell wonderful, it tastes good too! I combine them with vitamin rich squash and greens for a healthy meal. This is perfect for a chilly Winter night when you need something warming.
Lentils are a great source of vegan protein. Although they are great year round, because they can be eaten cold in salads, or hot in curries or soups, my favorite time of the year to eat them is right now when there is a chill in the air. They are hearty, pack fiber and protein and lend themselves to a variety of flavors. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a simple curried soup that is easy to make and keeps you feeling good. The sweet potatoes give you a good dose of vitamin A, and I add in greens at the end for extra nutrients. It is super delicious and I make it often. I like to make a batch, then eat it the next few days for dinner so I can relax after work instead of cooking, and in fact it is even better the next day!
I don’t know about you, but I am craving all things pumpkin. I love pumpkin desserts, but savory pumpkin dishes are amazing as well! The soup I am sharing with you today is perfect for when you have extra cans of pumpkin you want to use up, or you just want a quick and healthy meal. I combine the pumpkin with apple, coconut milk and warming curry spices and it is delicious and easy! Not only that, these spices have anti-inflammatory properties so it is a win all around. The next time you are craving a warming soup, give this a try!
Pasta Primavera is a favorite for me. I wanted to try and recreate my pasta into a soup for a change of pace and after eating several bowls I have decided that this may be even better than the traditional recipe! To make this a quick recipe save some time and buy a rotisserie chicken to cube up and toss into the soup.
These cold rainy days had me craving warm and filling soup. I wanted something different, something a little spicy so I whipped up a homemade ramen soup. The great thing about this soup is that you can put pretty much anything that you want in it! I made mine with roasted chicken breasts, shiitake mushrooms and green onion tops. This is nothing like the soup you became familiar with in college, it’s way better!
Homemade vegetable beef soup isn’t just for the winter season. This recipe is full of spring inspired vegetables and hearty chunks of beef, and the broth is so rich and flavorful. A tasty soup that’s perfect for lunch or dinner for the whole family!
Traditional Irish stew contains beef and potatoes, but I make a vegan version at home that is just as delicious! I still use all of the traditional veggies like cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots, but instead of the beef I add lentils for protein. They are super delicious in this stew, and trust me, you will not even miss the meat! This is super healthy, yet satisfying, and it is packed with fiber. Serve this for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner if you want to eat healthy but still enjoy something really good.
The Winter is the time to make warming soups! I like to make a batch and enjoy it for a few days, the flavors blend even more if you leave them overnight after you make them. One of my favorites that is comforting, delicious and packed with protein, is split pea. A classic soup that always makes me happy. It takes a little while to cook, but it is so worth the wait. The classic split pea has ham, but I omit the ham, just including sweet potatoes (and/or) regular potatoes in mine for the texture and some spinach for extra nutrients. It is oil free, gluten free, and you would never know. You can feel good about eating this! Does it taste as good as traditional split pea? Yes! I give it a little smoky flavor with some Spanish paprika and chipotle powder. Next time you need a big bowl of something warming, give this a go!