“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go let it snow, let is snow, let it snow.” We are a week shy of Christmas and here in the Midwest we are experiencing our first, true, winters snow. Even though the snow is peaceful and calming, as I watch it fall from window, outside it is truly frightful. Per the “Let is Snow” song, I really do not have any place to go but, I do need to make dinner. Since I have not gone to the grocery store, nor plan on going, this cold winters day is a perfect time for soup.
Benefits of Soup
- Vegetables –> You can pack a soup with vegetables that not only provide an array of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber.
- Low Fat –> Broth based soups with lean meats are very filling without the gilt.
- Affordable –> By using frozen or canned vegetables and stock made from your protein of choice soup can serve a family for a couple meals at a low price.
Bump up the Nutritional Value in your Soup
- Liquid oil like olive or canola oil to sauté vegetables instead of butter.
- Unsalted stock or broth in order to control the amount of salt in your soup. Plus, broth based soups are not as calorically dense as cream based soups.
- Lean protein: fish, chicken, pork and beef cuts that include “loin” or “round” in the name.
- Mix it up using a variety of vegetables and colors! Squash, asparagus, sweet potato, kale, bell peppers, you name it!
- Try different spice combinations to add flavor without a lot of sodium or fat. For example: rosemary and thyme go well with beef.
- Make it vegetarian! Use beans, tofu, or even grains like quinoa for protein sources.
Soup doesn’t have to be a complicated dish or meal. Rather, it is a great way to use what you have in your freezer to make a delicious and filling meal. You can even use leftover meat and vegetables to make a great tasting soup. Make it to taste but don’t forget, soups get better with time so tomorrow soup will taste even better than todays!
Stay Warm and Happy Healthy Holidays!