Snow will be here before we know it for some of us. However, for others—it has already arrived. That means it is time to bring out our soup pots and cook some great recipes to warm us up. Livestrong even recommends eating soup due to the vegetables, minerals, low fat, and is overall a very filling and satisfying meal to have. Broth based soups are more healthy and nutrient dense rather than cream/milk based soups which are not good for you when you have a cold. However, if you wanted a bisque-like soup you could make a vegan version! Let’s take a look into some healthy soup recipes to warm us up this winter.
Country Living’s Chicken Pesto Minestrone
Featuring a cheese-filled pasta, chicken, kale, kidney beans and pesto—this is a hearty and balanced soup to try! This is full of protein, vitamins, and will keep you warm during the coldest of days. For only an hour out of your day you can have 8 servings worth of this soup. You can find the recipe here!
Alton Brown’s Lentil Soup
In my opinion, lentils are one of the best beans for soup! This simple recipe with lentils, vegetable broth, tomatoes, carrots and distinct spices come together in a delicious and healthy soup. You can find the recipe here and give it a try. Lentils are also super affordable and you can make your own vegetable broth by saving your vegetable scraps.
Food Network’s Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup
If you have been to Panera Bread before, you are no stranger to the broccoli cheddar soup. However, it is extremely high in sodium, fat, and calories. Food Network Kitchen cultivated a “healthified” version of it by using fat-free evaporated milk. You can even add shredded carrots to make it exactly like Panera’s famous soup. Check it out here!
Kale and Cauliflower Soup
Posted on Running on Real Food’s website, this is a vegan 30-minute-meal perfect for all dietary needs. Bonus points for it being cheap to make! With only 102 calories per serving, this is also a great dish if you want something light after a long day of holiday treats.
Pioneer Woman’s Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
This is a great soup if you have chicken leftovers from dinner the night before. If not, you’re able to put the chicken right into the crock pot! This has peppers, beans, broth, and chili peppers to give it a nice spicy kick to it! This could be a great appetizer to your typical taco night as well. You can find the recipe here!
There are so many options out there for everyone! Whether you’re vegan, keto, have allergies—soup is something that can be changed by one or two ingredient swaps. You can also add additional toppings, sides, and some fresh bread. You can even have a potluck and have your friends or family bring and try all types of soups to try. So go make some soup, get cozy, put on your favorite show or movie and enjoy!