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11 Soups to help your diet!

Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup is for the Soul, the Body, the Mind and the Diet!

I’ve been enjoying some of my favorite soups as I diet into the New Year and it’s working!!  These soups, however do not taste like diet food.  In fact, they are so delicious, that my challenge is to not eat too much, so I do what experts say and drink a full glass of water before I begin my meal, which makes my tummy want less.  Add a delicious salad too for extra health benefits. I’ve also discovered that the secret to dieting is always having something healthy like soup in the refrigerator so you won’t be tempted to eat the bad stuff.

Here are my favorites that we’ve made at our annual Soups, Stews and Bread class over the years.

African Peanut Stew recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

African Peanut Stew

African Peanut Stew

This soup was the biggest surprise to me.   Made with yams, red pepper, black beans, tomato, jalapeno, ginger root, peanuts and peanut butter, It has so many layers of flavor, it will leave you wanting more and why not, it’s all veggies.  Go for it!  Click here for the African Peanut Stew recipe. 

Carrot Parsnip Soup with "Snips" recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Carrot Parsnip Soup with “Snips”

Carrot Parsnip Soup with Snips

This creamy and smooth vegan Carrot Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Baked “Snips” with only five ingredients can be made in a flash. If you’ve never used parsnips (which look like a stubby yellow carrot) you will be shocked at how this may become one of your favorite vegetables.  Make more “Snips” than you need.  They are great for healthy snacking too.  Click here to get the Carrot Parsnip Soup and Snips recipe.  

 

White Bean, Bacon and Tomato Soup recipe from FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Garnish your White Bean, Bacon and Tomato Soup with some fresh herbs and enjoy!

White Bean, Bacon and Tomato Soup

This is grown-up tomato soup and more complex than the Campbell’s tomato soup of my childhood. The beans add nutrition and fiber, and the bacon kick it up a notch.  The earthiness of the beans melting into the tomato-ey broth mellows it out and the smokiness from the bacon or ham bone adds another layer of flavor.  Click here to get the White Bean, Bacon and Tomato Soup recipe. 

 

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Real wild rice grows naturally in Minnesota and every Minnesotan has their own recipe for this dish plus it’s on every local restaurant menu.  I’ve lightened this version up with 2% milk.  It contains chicken or turkey, carrots, celery and onion in a creamy broth. Click here to learn about wild rice and to get the Minnesota Wild Rice Soup recipe.  

 

Kabocha Squash Soup recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash Soup

Kabocha Squash is the richest of the winter squashes, which is what makes this Kabocha Squash Soup so delicious.  You’ve probably tasted Kabocha Squash if you’ve eaten Vegetable Tempura.  It’s that rich Japanese orange vegetable.  Look for it in supermarkets or an Asian grocery.  If you can’t find Kabocha, substitute other squashes like Butternut.  Click here to get the Kabocha Squash Soup recipe.
Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Craving something exotic?  You can have this Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup on your table in 30 minutes or less after soaking the dried chiles.  It is elegant, decadent and exotic all at the same time.  The creaminess of the coconut milk feels like a real splurge without consuming dairy and the complex flavors of the freshly-made curry paste make you feel that you have been transported into another world.  Click here to get the Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. 
New England Clam Chowder recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com recipe at

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

U.S. Senate Navy Bean Soup recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

U.S. Senate Navy Bean Soup

U.S. Senate Navy Bean Soup

Navy Bean Soup is the perfect winter weather soup. It warms your insides and fills you up with beans literally, which are a great source of protein and fiber as well as energy. My husband fell in love with this soup as a reporter in Washington D.C. years ago, when he ate it at the U.S. Senate restaurant.  I created my own version of it with more vegetables and it’s on the menu at our house every winter. Click here to get the U.S. Senate Navy Bean Soup recipe.  
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is ready to be served with rice and some fried okra.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This Cajun Style Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is perfect for a Mardi Gras party or when you just need to get your gumbo on.  Perfect for a winter day, it’s smoky, earthy and full of flavor with a bit of New Orleans kick. It takes a bit of time to make, but well worth it, so make it in advance if you are in a hurry for dinner and the flavor will improve overnight, as is the case with most stews. Click here to learn how to make an authentic N’Orleans roux and the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. 
Corn Chowder recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Corn Chowder – Vegetarian, with Bacon or Pork Fat

Corn Chowder

This Corn Chowder is on the menu at our house all year.  In the winter I use frozen corn and a roasted red pepper and pasilla chile to add layers of flavor and heat.  In summer, I kick it up a notch when fresh ears of corn are available.  Use home-made shrimp stock from the shells, if you dare and add the shrimp to it at the end, which makes it more elegant and flavorful.  Click here to get the Corn Chowder Recipe. 

 

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup called Curry Mee recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.com

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup…Curry Mee

Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup – Curry Mee

This Asian Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup…Curry Mee is a special experience!  This soup has 22 ingredients (four are garnishes that could be left out) on the list, so get ready to have an Asian ingredient learning experience. Most ingredients can be found in most grocery stores, but you might have to search or substitute for the others (substitutions list included).  If you are an adventurous eater and love Asian food, it is worth it…and believe it or not, it is fast and easy to make.  Click here to get the Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup recipe called Curry Mee.

Turkey, Chicken or Vegetable Stock recipe at FreshFoodinaFlash.comHome-made Turkey, Chicken or Vegetable Stock

Want to learn how to make home-made stock from bones you were going to throw away or vegetable scraps? Stock is the same as the fancier term, bone broth. I have a stock making night every winter and have a couple stockpots going using the chicken and turkey bones I’ve frozen from other meals over the year. This process is very therapeutic, fills your house with a pleasant aroma and then I fill quart containers and freeze them for use during soup season.  It’s golden to be able to take a quart container out of the freezer and plop it in the soup pot, frozen or thawed out. What a difference in my soups and other meals!   Click here to learn how to make home-made stock. 

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