This time of year, everyone seems to get a little tired of the cold, short, snowy days. But you’ve really only got two options:
- Complain and make yourself and those around you miserable.
- Make soup and cuddle up with a blanket by the fire.
If you’re thinking option #1 sounds better, here’s some inspiration to help you go with the soup/fireplace option instead.
1. Pumpkin Soup with Cranberry Apple Relish. I’m afraid some people think that once Starbucks takes the Pumpkin Spice Latte off the menu, they have to stop all pumpkin recipes until next fall. That is simply not the case. Try this recipe and you’ll see why.
2. Vegetarian Ramen Bowl with Spicy Brussels Sprouts. Brussels Sprouts tend to get a bad rap, but if you’ve sworn off the cute, baby cabbages, try them again. With some spice, you really can’t go wrong.
3. Garden Vegetable Soup. This fresh, light vegetable soup recipe will warm you up and let you daydream about spring days.
4. Vegan Tortilla Soup. Cozying up with a bowl of soup doesn’t have to mean a big bowl of meaty chili. Vegan options (or vegetarian if you make this soup with traditional cheeses) can be just as comforting.
5. Simple Farro & Bean Stew. If you still haven’t tried Farro (an ancient grain), the time is now. After cooking with it one time several years ago, it’s now become a staple in my pantry.
6. Chickpea & Sweet Potato Noodle Soup. This one is for the carb-addicts out there. Sarah from MyNewRoots.org makes these noodles out of sweet potatoes for a healthy, flavorful soup.
7. Vegetarian Pho. Whether you pronounce it ‘fuh’ or ‘fo’ doesn’t really matter. What matters is this spicy, Vietnamese soup will heat you up to your very core.
8. Ginger Carrot Soup. This soup comes together really quickly. All of the ingredients are easy to come by all year long. Oh, and it tastes really good.
9. Tomato Artichoke Soup. Your childhood favorite, but fancier and better. No one will judge you if you dip a grilled cheese into it.
10. Spiced Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk. In this recipe, the spices (thyme, tumeric, curry powder, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg) are balanced out with the rich, creaminess of coconut milk. This is a soup you’ll go back to again and again.
11. Classic Pasta and Legume Minestrone. If you’re short on time after work or family schedules, using a pressure cooker to make a healthy meal can be a lifesaver especially when the alternative is picking up fast food on the way home. This classic recipe can be made in under an hour with very minimal work on your part.
What are your favorite, winter soup recipes? Share them in the comments!
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