Healthy soups are often the ones we know from growing up, but have changed a bit to increase nutritional value. Traditional soups are often our go-to comfort foods. Maybe it is the familiar taste of chicken noodle soup when we are feeling under the weather. Cold winter months call for a hearty helping of soup to warm up.
The one problem many of us encounter is that we would prefer a soup that is not only hearty but healthy as well. Sometimes it may be a simple change to just one or two ingredients to increase the nutritional value of our all-time favorite soup. Other times, exploring entirely new recipes is the way to go.
Some recipes are too good to pass up. Even if they are in a measurement format that is not familiar to us. Well, that is where a conversion calculator comes in quite handy!
Quinoa Vegetable Soup
In recent years, quinoa has become a cooking staple in most homes. The ease of preparation, large variety of recipes and nutritional value all contribute to this newfound popularity. We often use quinoa in recipes as a grain, but it is more accurately a plant related to spinach. The product we know has quinoa is actually just the plant seeds. The major perks are high levels of dietary fiber, B vitamins, various minerals and protein.
Quinoa Vegetable Soup capitalizes on the high nutritional value of quinoa then adds nutrient packed vegetables. A nice perk of using quinoa is the variations available. You can create a soup that fits your own preferences by selecting one that is the size and texture you like best.
Spicy Bean Soup
They list total preparation and cook time as over an hour. Many of the reviewers share that this recipe produces a large quantity of soup. For those two reasons, this may be a make-ahead soup or a weekend meal.
This recipe is absolutely packed with nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and more. All of this flavorful goodness is just what your taste buds are calling for.
Bacon Cauliflower Chowder
Cauliflower often gets a bad rap for limited ways to use in our cooking. Just like quinoa, it has gained popularity in recent years. One perk is that just ⅓ cup of it will provide 46% of the daily recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Although cauliflower is filling, it only contains 1% of RDA of calories.
Bacon Cauliflower Chowder if full of flavor but easily adjusted to your preferences. The reviews for this recipe are of great help in this arena. Always look for recipe reviews when online. They are a helpful source of tips. This recipe author offers a tip in the very beginning. If you would prefer to skip the bacon, no problem. I place of it just add two tablespoons of olive oil.
Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Creating a healthy version of a long-time favorite soup is not easy. Food Network Kitchen has succeeded in doing just that. Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup has replaced the majority of calorie full ingredients with delicious substitutes. Fat-free evaporated milk combined with only one cup of cheese dramatically decreases the empty calories in this recipe.
The reviews for this recipe do not disappoint. One person shared her tips for converting this to a vegan recipe. Other reviewers suggested using paprika and cayenne pepper to replace the nutmeg. That will certainly awaken your tastebuds a bit more.
Creamy Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup
This thick and creamy soup offers flavors to satisfy the sweet and spicy cravings. Denise Burton with Sweet Peas and Saffron brings this recipe to us with a wonderful video and detailed instructions. This style of recipe blog helps anyone from the beginner cook to a professional chef.
Take the time to review her full recipe article. There is a bounty of helpful information. Denise shares how to convert her Creamy Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup to a vegan recipe or one that uses the instant-pot. She even offers the readers some ingredient changes.
Beyond being tasty, this recipe is full of nourishment rich ingredients. Coconut milk, sweet potatoes, ginger, and red lentils are a few of the foods that increase the nutritional value.
Ginger has been used in alternative medicine for over 5,000 years. Two of the many benefits are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. That alone makes this recipe a powerhouse when searching for a nutritious soup.
Ginger-Carrot Soup is brought to us by Guy Fieri and the Food Network Magazine. Known for his flavor packed cooking, Guy has not disappointed with this recipe. Reviewers are in love with it and have added it to their regular routine of recipes. Some have even kicked it up a notch with chipotle or turmeric paste.
Mushroom Caraway Soup
If you are looking for a good starting point for creating soups this is a great place to start. The creator shares it is a beginner level recipe.
Mushroom Caraway Soup is a light variation of a creamy version. Just after placing each serving in a bowl, add the sour cream or creme fraeche to create the creamy density.
The recipe suggests a slice of pumpernickel bread on the side. If you prefer, add a slice of whole wheat or any other healthy bread in its place.