Warm Up This Winter

tomato soup

Soups are the salads of winter. While winter can chill you to the bone and dry out your skin, soup can keep you warm and hydrated. Including soup into your meal plan can provide a wide variety of nutrition including fiber, iron, folate, calcium.

Soup tips:

  1. Simple additional ingredients to pre-existing recipes can include chopped kale and beans.
     
  2. Add brown rice or barley for a heartier soup.
     
  3. Make a double batch of puréed soups. Freeze half of it for a future, fast dinner.
     
  4. For vegetable soups, add a parmesan rind during the simmering phase. Remove before eating.
     
  5. Keep pasta al dente in minestrone soup by keeping it separate until ready to eat.
     
  6. Top soups with a a sprinkle of fresh parmesan and cracked pepper.
     
  7. Consider keeping a weekly vegetable based-soup in the fridge for lunch all week.
     

If your leftover soup stash is getting low, add more broth and any leftovers such as cooked chicken, baby spinach, diced tomatoes, or navy beans.

Amateur cook tip: invest in an immersion blender to quickly purée soups!