Our healthy soup recipes are great any time of the year. In winter our hearty soups are warm and comforting and in summer our chilled soups are cool and refreshing. Since the U.S.D.A. recommends that adults eat from two and a half to three cups of vegetables every day, soup is an excellent way to fulfill this requirement without overfilling yourself.
By adding a variety of vegetables to your soup, you are likely to get a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C and E, potassium, magnesium, folate and the all-important dietary fiber. You can also puree some vegetables to use as a thickener for creamy soups. Pureed cauliflower, sweet potatoes or winter squash work nicely for this.
Soup makes an excellent meal in itself, along with a side salad or some bread, or can be served as a first course for an elegant dinner. Keep some stock on hand at all times so you can quickly whip up a nutritious meal when the mood strikes you. You can make a large batch of stock and freeze it in smaller containers.
Basic soup stock has very few calories in relation to the nutrition it provides, making it a smart food choice for those looking to manage their weight. All you have to have on hand for some basic vegetable stock is an onion, a couple of carrots, and some celery. Chop them up, sauté them in a little olive oil for 5 minutes, then add a couple of quarts of water, a bay leaf, a few whole peppercorns and a teaspoon or so of sea salt. You can also add the remains last night's roast chicken for a tasty chicken stock. The variety of soups you can make from basic stock is endless! Use our recipes as a base for your own soup ideas. Almost anything left over from your dinner table can make a healthy and delicious soup. Experiment!
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