It is the time of the year when I crave warming comfort food in the form of a creamy soup. Creamy soups don’t have to be unhealthy. I swap the usual cream out for coconut milk in mine, and use a cornstarch slurry instead of a butter roux to thicken them. They taste just as rich and delicious, but you still feel good after enjoying them. This one features one of my favorite fall things, butternut squash, along with flavorful leeks and white beans for protein. It is a full balanced comfort food meal all in one bowl!
Chili is one of my favorite things this time of the year! It is hearty, easy to make and I just make a batch and get several meals out of it! This Sweet Potato Lentil Chili is flavorful and delicious plus really healthy! It is packed with fiber and protein thanks to the sweet potatoes and lentils so you can feel good about eating it!
Most people eat oats for breakfast, but did you know that steel cut oats are amazing in savory applications as well? Like adding them to a soup, instead of rice. It is almost like rice when it is done cooking, but a little more texture. Steel cut oats actually have 6 grams of protein per serving and fiber so it is more nutritional bang for your buck than the rice. This soup is hearty delicious and easy to make! Give it a try this spring!
A nice warming brothy soup is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly winter day! The broth in this soup happens to contain garlic and ginger which is good for boosting your immunity too! This is easy to make, hearty and so good but also good for you!
There is nothing like a home made warming soup on a cold winter day! This beans and greens soup is really delicious, especially served with a piece of crusty sourdough bread! It is packed with fiber thanks to the beans, and sweet potatoes, and has just the right amount of protein. Also the spinach is added at the last minute so it retains the nutrients which are definitely needed this time of the year when we are all trying to stay healthy. This is a great choice for dinner if you are looking to add more plant based meals into your routine!
When most people think of pumpkin recipes, they think pumpkin pie. But it is actually really delicious in savory recipes as well! It is really packed with nutrients so it is perfect for adding to recipes to get your nutritional bang for your buck. I especially like it in soups, like this one that combines it with chickpeas for a filling hearty dinner. This is quick and easy to make, and cooks up in about 30 minutes so it is perfect for weeknights!
Organic local sweet corn is so delicious! I love it right off of the cob, but a corn soup in the summer is always nice. The recipe I am sharing with you today is really easy to make, and so good! It is ready in less than half an hour, so perfect for a weeknight meal! Also, it happens to be gluten free, dairy free and vegan as an added bonus!
Hearty, healthy soups are the best kind of comfort food for the Winter months! They leave you feeling full, but energized instead of heavy. One of my favorite kinds is the bean or pea based soups. The recipe I am sharing today is made with mung beans, and the texture is almost like a lentil or split pea soup. It is delicious, because it is packed with flavor thanks to the curry spices, and the coconut milk I add gives it richness without adding any dairy. I stir in greens at the last minute to boost the nutritional value as well. This soup has plenty of fiber and protein and is an awesome comfort food dinner to enjoy on a chilly night, not to mention it is quick and easy to make!
Warming soups are essential this time of the year when it is so chilly outside. One of the keys to making a really flavorful soup is good vegetable stock to start out with. It is really simple to make at home, and you can use veggie scraps so that you waste less. I should note though that the amounts listed below are for if you don’t have scraps, but otherwise use about the same amounts of the ingredients. I like to save my veggie trimmings though in a bag in the freezer, and use them later to make stock when I have enough. Vegetable stock made this way is a light and healthy way to add flavor to your soup without any extra fat, and it has much less sodium than most store bought brands.
Now is the time of year to make hearty warming soups, and what better ingredient to use than squash! Not only is it good for you because of its high vitamin and fiber content, it is delicious as well in just about anything savory! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with black beans and corn for the perfect balanced meal! It is fast and easy to make coming together in under an hour, and you will feel good after eating it not weighed down. Also, it happens to be gluten free and vegan as an added bonus! I like to make this and enjoy the leftovers for a few days, as the flavors get even better as they sit.