Winter Warm Up

30 Dec

Spending time with my family in Michigan has been wonderful but living in California for the past three years has definitely made me more sensitive to the cold.  Although the past few days have been sunny and mild, they are calling for snow and cooler temperatures in the coming days.  On cold days when I can’t seem to warm up, soup always seems to be the best meal option.

Soups are easy and affordable to make.  It is also a great way to use up any vegetables you have on hand.  I usually always keep some vegetable broth or bullion on hand for days when I want a homemade meal but don’t really feel like cooking.  Making soup is as easy as adding vegetables to broth and simmering.  You can have dinner on the table in 30 min or less!

Here are some favorites from my collection of soup recipes.  Enjoy and stay warm!


Black and White Butternut Chili

1/2 medium onion, diced

1 cup red and yellow pepper, dicedPHOTO_20131230_124104

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 small butternut squash, cubed

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cups chopped kale

4 cups vegetable broth

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp cumin

2 tsp paprika

pinch cayenne pepper, optional

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Saute garlic, onion, peppers in a little bit of coconut oil for a few minutes until onions are translucent
  2. Add in the squash, beans, tomatoes and broth, turn on med high and bring to a rolling boil
  3. Add the seasonings, cover and simmer for about 20 min or until the squash is tender
  4. Before serving, add the kale to the pot and stir in until wilted
  5. Top with some sliced avocado and serve


White Bean Garden Soup

1/2 med onion, diced

2 cups broccoli

2 tomatoes, dicedWhite bean garden soup

1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

6 cups Vegetable broth

2 cups kale, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp rosemary

1 tbsp thyme

Sea salt to taste

  1. Saute garlic and onion until fragrant
  2. Add in the broccoli and tomatoes and cook for a few minutes
  3. Pour in the vegetable broth and half the beans and simmer
  4. Meanwhile, puree the other half of the beans with a little bit of water to thin it out and add to the rest of the ingredients
  5. Add the spices and kale and simmer until the kale is tender and wilted


Curried Potato Lentil Soup

1/4 onion

5 cloves garlic20131026_201648

3 carrots

3 stalks celery

3/4 cup Lentils

1 box Vegetable broth

5 small Red potatoes

1 tbsp Curry powder

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Turmeric

Sea salt to taste

pinch cayenne pepper, optional

  1. Saute the chopped garlic and diced onion in a little bit of coconut oil, cook until fragrant
  2. Add in the rest of the vegetables and pour in vegetable broth
  3. Add the lentils and potatoes and bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 min or until lentils and potatoes are soft
  4. Season with salt and spices
  5. Add about 3 ladle fulls of the soup to the food processor and puree. Pour into the soup pot and mix well (this gives the soup a thicker consistency)
  6. Serve topped with chopped kale and sunflower seeds

*Turmeric is featured in this recipe.  This spice’s active ingredient is curcumin.  An overview published in Advanced Experimental Medical Biology in 2007 states that, “Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses.”



One Response to “Winter Warm Up”

  1. Mary Blanchard January 10, 2014 at 3:06 am #

    Hi Katie, your mom sent me your website some time ago and I am just catching up. I really like your site, even though I am not vegetarian or vegan. I’ve copied a few of the recipes and I will be trying your Oatmeal Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting first! Your website really looks great and informative. I am going to pass it on.
    Take care, Mary Blanchard

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