Cooler weather seems to have finally settled over our community, and cool weather makes me want to sit down to a warm bowl of soup, stew, or chili after a long day at work.    If you’re not a vegetarian, and you want to add a little extra nutritional punch, as well as extra flavor, to your soup recipes, consider whipping up some bone broth to use as a base for your soups.   I try to make some bone broth whenever we have extra bones lying around.  The broth can be frozen for later use.

Soups are nutritious and satisfying, and homemade soups are especially good for you because they don’t contain artificial ingredients, chemicals, or high levels of sodium.  There’s even evidence that adding more soup to your diet may help you to lose weight due to the lower calorie density in soup compared to other foods.  Who doesn’t love a good bowl of soup?

Here are five of my favorite soup recipes from Simply Healthy Eats.

Albondigas Soup

sopa de albondigasThis recipe is a delicious combination of garlic, herbs, and vegetables.  The meatballs made with rice and a chia “egg” require no pre-cooking.  You simply drop them into the pot of boiling soup.  Served by itself or accompanied by some warm tortillas, this soup is sure to satisfy.

Chicken Bone Broth Soup

Chicken Bone Broth SoupA version of chicken soup is present in every culture.  This version is simple and delicious and begins with a base of bone broth made from chicken bones to which a variety of different vegetables can be added.   Carrots, celery, onions, garlic, asparagus and swish chard are a few of the veggies in this soup that add depth of flavor as well as a nutritional punch.

Gluten Free Minestrone

Gluten Free MinestroneMinestrone is one of those soups that is loaded with rich flavors.  Thick and hearty, this soup is also vegan and gluten free.  Served by itself, with a salad, or a crusty piece of warm, gluten free bread, this soup makes a delicious and healthy meal that your family is sure to love.

Simple Pea Soup

pea soup, steaming hot.Some people can’t get past the green color of pea soup, and refuse to eat it, but they are truly missing out on something delicious.  This vegan soup is loaded with nutrients, protein, and dietary fiber.  It’s hearty and filling and the perfect bowl of soup for a cold day.  If you are trying to get your kids to eat this soup and they don’t like green foods,  consider using yellow peas instead of green ones.  Sometimes the change of color is all it takes to entice kids to give it a try.

Tomato Lentil Soup

Tomatoe lentil soup topped with a dollop of creme fraicheTomato soup has been a favorite since I was a kid, and I still keep a few cans in my pantry, but nothing compares to the flavor of a fresh, homemade soup.  This version has the benefit of extra protein due to the addition of the lentils.  The best thing about this vegan soup is that the children who served as taste testers unanimously liked it.  It’s delicious when topped with a dollop of cashew creme fraiche. 

That concludes our five favorite soup recipes from Simply Healthy Eats.  Give one, or all of them, a try and leave a comment to let us know what you think.