If you’re looking to lighten up your meals or just add more vegetables to your diet, a bowl of soup is always a solid option. These healthy soup recipes are packed with vegetables and are sure to keep you feeling toasty warm from the inside out on a cold day.
As the holidays come to a close and winter begins, I find myself turning to soup. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a piping hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day to warm and comfort you from the inside out, and after weeks of feasting we can all use a bit of a nutritional reset don’t you think?
Besides being cozy and comforting, soup has some pretty terrific things going for it: it’s simple to make, can be stashed away in the freezer for later, is filled to the brim with both vegetables and water, (keeping us full and hydrated), and is easy to re-heat (in fact most soups taste even better the next day).
A bowl of soup makes a great starter for dinner or a satisfying lunch all by itself and is a simple and sane way to get back on track with healthy eating after the holidays (smoothies and salads are great but soup is so much nicer when it’s cold out). So I’ve put together a selection of healthy soups that are all gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan to get you through the season and warm you on even the coldest winter day and beyond.
Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup
This cozy cream of mushroom soup is hearty and satisfying while offering lots of rich flavor thanks to dried mushrooms and cashews which gives the soup it's velvety texture without any added cream.
Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup
Filled with warming spices like ginger and turmeric this heathy carrot soup warms you from the inside out. Bright and velvety smooth, it’s like a little bit of sunshine in a bowl.
French Vegetable Soup
French vegetable soup (also known as a potage) is a traditional vegetable filled soup popular throughout France that's both healthy and warming. It’s a thick and velvety soup that’s cozy and comforting and a staple during the colder months
Spicy Tomato Vegetable Soup
Inspired by the flavors of the classic Italian Puttanesca sauce, this spicy tomato vegetable soup is robust, full flavored and filled with big chunks of vegetables.
Winter Squash Soup
This cozy, nourishing soup filled with seasonal favorites is a great make-ahead option for lunches and dinners.
Golden Winter Root Vegetable Soup
Cold days call for a silky vegetable soup filled with a medley of winter root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes and fennel topped with crispy fried sage.
Thai Sweet Potato Soup
This sweet and spicy Thai-inspired sweet potato and spinach soup is perfect for chasing away the cold or just adding a little zing to your mealtime.
Broccoli Spinach Soup
It’s not always easy eating enough green vegetables in winter. This broccoli spinach soup is the one I reach for when I’m feeling the need for some extra green in my diet.
Spiced Carrot Red Lentil Soup
This easy to make carrot and red lentil soup spiced with red curry hits the spot when you need a little warming from the inside out.
Potatoes and celery root give this soup all the body and richness it needs. Nothing warms you better from the inside out when it’s cold out.
Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.
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