Wonderful Winter Soups
Soup can be served as a meal, a snack or a delicious side dish. You can spend hours preparing or minutes warming up a store bought brand. Always check the label of store bought brands for ingredients and sodium content too. But soup will never disappoint and always make you happy.
Soup is a comfort food. In the heart of winter, soup is considered a hearty and healthy dish. Chock full of protein, veggies and spices, it warms us and puts a smile on our face.
Soup is affordable to make. I made a large pot of Leek, Spinach, and White Bean Soup and it lasted for several meals. Start by heating 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Thinly slice 3 leeks and add to pot along with 3 cloves of minced garlic. Saute until tender about 5 minutes. Stir in 32 ounces of your favorite broth, 32 ounces cannellini beans (rinsed and drained) , 4 bay leaves, and 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Add 1/2 cup of a whole grain (I use Orzo, but you can use brown rice, couscous or whatever). Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups spinach and season it to your liking. Serve and enjoy.
Or you can buy Trader Joe’s Organic Butternut Squash Soup and toss in some spinach and/or beans. Heat and serve with a dollop of greek yogurt (for protein). This soup will always make you feel full and only takes minutes to prepare.
Squirt some lemon onto almost any soup (or dish) for a burst of flavor and some vitamin C. I burn through a large bag of lemon every week. Even after adding some lemon to the whole pot, I will always serve the soup with a sliced lemon on the side.
Bob’s Red Mill Soup Mix is a must have for any pantry no matter what the season. In 30-60 minutes you can make a healthy, nourishing and hearty bowl of soup and throw in any ingredients you have hanging in your refrigerator. Beans, tomato, carrots or other veggies are a welcome addition.
Enjoy some soup this cold and wintry week-end. It’s delicious, great for your health, makes you feel full, it’s affordable, and makes you feel better. Add a chunk of a whole grain bread and top with greek yogurt or grated parmesan cheese and your life couldn’t be better- at least while you’re eating the soup!