WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Four Soup Recipes That Can Lift Your Spirits
As we enter the fall season, we can look forward to a few things: the leaves changing their colors, spooky Halloween decorations popping up across the urban landscape, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafting over every cafe and bakery counter. But autumn brings something else with it: the return of soup season!
Few things have the restorative power of a nice, hot soup. In the summertime, the last thing most of us want to consume is something piping hot—but soups can be good year-round when they’re done right. A cold soup can be just as nourishing and satisfying as a hot one.
Aside from being relatively easy to prepare and cheap to make, soups can provide the following benefits:
- Healthy comfort food
- Variety of styles and flavors
- Can be made hours in advance
- Helps you feel better when you’re sick
- Freezes well, which leads to less food waste
- Can be a light or hearty meal
- A good source of hydration
- Good for batch meal prepping
Got a hankering to put your soup spoon to work? Try out one of these four seasonal soup recipes. They’re budget-friendly, simple to prepare, and delicious.
Do you have some leftover carrots? Try using them in this Thai Coconut Curry Carrot soup! This vegan soup is sweet and a little spicy, and is sure to break you out of your midweek meal slump. Try garnishing the soup with a little lime juice, jalapeno, or mint to kick up the Thai flavor profile a notch.
We know we said summer in Arizona isn’t a great time for soup but something cold and refreshing can be an exception to the rule. Make a soup you can serve cold like this chilled Cucumber Gazpacho. You don’t even need to look at your stove to get the nutrients and fresh summer flavors packed into every bite!
Fall is the season for everything pumpkin - lattes, cupcakes, and yes, even soup! This Pumpkin Soup sticks to the savory side. It’s rich, hearty, fragrant, and perfect for a lukewarm fall night in Arizona.
Winter can be a stressful time for people. Between preparing for holidays, longer lines at the grocery store, and preparing for the new year, it can be hard to make time for a good meal. Try this Italian Peasant Soup - full of protein, complex carbs, and veggies, this flavorful soup will keep you satisfied for hours and give you the energy you need to keep going.