With the cooler weather, you may lean more towards warm, comfort foods. If you are looking to ensure your meals are still nutrient-rich, add fresh greenhouse grown vegetables to your winter soups. Pure Flavor® greenhouse grown vegetables mean you can choose fresh 365 days a year! There are numerous advantages to incorporating fresh elements into soup to support your healthy lifestyle. We’ve put together some new soup recipes to help you and your family Live Deliciously®!
THE BENEFITS OF FRESH –
A warm bowl of soup is both delicious and incredibly soothing in the winter. It is also a great way to enjoy fresh produce, which will help you consume the recommended daily amount of vegetables. Vegetables are an important part of your diet because they are high in both nutrients and antioxidants, which support immunity and help you stay healthy. Fresh, nutrient-dense vegetables also add flavor and texture to soups.
In addition to tasting great, there are many health benefits in soups made with fresh vegetables:
- It keeps you warm – soup nourishes you from the inside out and helps to raise your core body temperature on cooler days
- It aids in digestion – including high-fiber vegetables aids in digestion since fiber is a fuel the colon cells use to keep them healthy
- High in vitamins and minerals – because you also consume the broth, soup retains the vitamins and minerals of cooked vegetables
- Maintains fullness and hydration – the high water and fiber content of vegetables added to soup keep you satisfied in a healthy and hydrating way
FRESH HEARTY SOUPS –
We know that sometimes, making the same recipes over and over can be boring and make meals less exciting. We’ve put together some fresh, new soup recipes that you can try! They use always-available greenhouse grown produce to help ensure that you and your family stay healthy during these cool, winter months.
SPICY LASAGNA SOUP
This Spicy Lasagna Soup is creamy and flavorful. It combines Italian herbs with Pure Flavor® Roma Tomatoes and Sweet Bell Peppers and only takes 45 minutes to make a bowl of this delicious comfort food. Simply roast the tomatoes in the oven to caramelize the juices and increase the sweetness.
While the tomatoes roast, sauté the remaining vegetables in your favorite soup pot. Cook the meat until it is browned, then add the roasted tomatoes, broth, & noodles and cook until the noodles are al dente. Using fresh Roma Tomatoes that you can enjoy year-round is a great option to make fresh soup broth instead of canned tomatoes. Perfect to serve the family or enjoy on your own on a cold, cozy day.
CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP
This creamy, garlicky Chicken Gnocchi Soup is loaded with immune-boosting vegetables like Pure Flavor® Sweet Bell Peppers. Did you know that Sweet Bell Peppers contain 100% of the Vitamin C you require for the day? It also contains many of the vitamins that help us fight colds and flus. It’s such a versatile vegetable that it can be eaten raw, grilled, steamed, or in soups!
Sweet Bell Peppers also add lots of comforting flavor to your soup. This creamy soup is loaded with vegetables and ready in 40 minutes. The chicken, onion, mushrooms, celery, spinach, and peppers with a garlicky cream will satisfy all your cravings. You may want to prepare extra for leftovers or meals throughout the week.
TOMATO LENTIL COCUNUT CURRY SOUP
This Indian-inspired, vegan Tomato Lentil Coconut Curry soup is a must-try if you’re looking for a flavorful soup. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook making it a great weeknight option.
The soup’s main base uses fresh Beefsteak Tomatoes, which are meaty and juicy. The mild flavors are complemented by the cilantro, ginger, and curry seasoning. The antioxidant lycopene found in red beefsteak tomatoes also helps prevent bone loss by slowing the breakdown of bone cells. Not to mention that these juicy tomatoes improve heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides, lowering the risk of heart disease.
GRAB A SPOON & FUEL UP –
Soup made with fresh greenhouse grown vegetables can be a great way to nourish your body from within. Vegetables are a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can help to boost your immune system, improve digestion, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, eating soup made with fresh vegetables is warm and comforting on cooler days and it can be a great way to incorporate a variety of different flavors and textures into your diet. Choosing always-available, greenhouse grown produce means that even in the midst of winter, you always have access to fresh!
We have a great number of soup recipes that will keep you happy, hydrated, and full! Make sure to explore our Soup Season page for even more recipe & lifestyle inspiration.