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4 Balanced Winter Soups to Warm Your Soul

Written by Kassy Montgomery, RDN, CDCES on December 13, 2023

As the winter chill sets in, there's nothing quite as comforting as a steaming bowl of soup. Not only does it warm you up from the inside out, but it also provides an opportunity to nourish your body with wholesome ingredients. Here are four delicious and nutritious winter soup recipes that are sure to become staples in your kitchen.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup:

Ingredients:

1 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled and cubed

2 apples, cored and diced

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp curry powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil for roasting

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Toss the butternut squash, apples, onion, and garlic with olive oil, curry powder, salt, and pepper.

Roast the mixture on a baking sheet until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized (about 30-35 minutes).

Transfer the roasted ingredients to a pot, add vegetable broth, and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Lentil and Vegetable Soup:

Ingredients:

1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

6 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

In a large pot, sauté the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until softened.

Add lentils, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender (about 25-30 minutes).

Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Quinoa and Kale Soup:

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

3 carrots, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp turmeric

Salt and pepper to taste

Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions:

In a large pot, sauté the onion, carrots, and garlic until softened.

Add quinoa, kale, vegetable broth, thyme, turmeric, salt, and pepper.

Simmer until quinoa is cooked and kale is tender (about 15-20 minutes).

Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup:

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 cup wild rice, cooked

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, chopped

4 cups chicken broth

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

In a large pot, sauté the onion, carrots, and celery until softened.

Add shredded chicken, cooked wild rice, chicken broth, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Simmer until the soup is heated through and flavors meld (about 15-20 minutes).

Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

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These hearty and balanced winter soup recipes are not only packed with flavor but also provide a comforting and nutritious way to stay warm during the colder months. Experiment with these recipes, and feel free to customize them to suit your taste preferences. Stay cozy, nourished, and enjoy the goodness of homemade soups all winter long!

As we wrap up our warm and nourishing journey through the world of soups, I hope you've been inspired to embrace the healthful, comforting, and diverse flavors that soups offer. Remember, each bowl is an opportunity to feed your body with essential nutrients and your soul with timeless comfort.

If you're eager to explore more personalized nutrition strategies and discover how you can incorporate these delicious soups into a balanced diet tailored just for you, I invite you to join me on a deeper culinary and health journey.

Sign up for my personalized nutrition counseling sessions, where together, we can create a plan that's as unique as your taste buds and health needs. Let's turn every spoonful into a step towards wellness.

Join me, Kassy Montgomery, RD, your guide to a nourishing lifestyle, and let's embark on this flavorful and healthful journey together.

Article written by Kassy Montgomery, RDN, CDCES

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