For centuries, spices have been used to create delicious and nourishing meals. Aromatic herbs and spices, also known as carminatives, improve digestion and make zesty, globally inspired dishes. The key to making beans easier to digest is to cook them from scratch, adding sea vegetables like dulse along with carminative herbs and spices. Adapting this main course soup to the seasons is easy: You can use fresh tomatoes, summer squash, spinach, and eggplant in the summer; canned tomatoes, carrots, yams, or butternut squash in the fall and winter. Recipe excerpted with permission from Going Wild in the Kitchen,* by Leslie Cerier, © 2005, Square One Publishers, Inc. Photos by Tracey Eller.
Here’s a vegan take on the classic French onion soup, topped with crisp bread and melted nondairy cheese. You’ll cry a river while cutting the onions, but you and your family or guests will weep tears of joy while eating this heavenly soup. It’s also a good remedy for a cold — all those onions and garlic will do you good! This recipe skips the rather unnecessary step of baking the soup with the bread in it — as really, it’s only the bread and cheese that need to be baked. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas. more→
Starting a meal with a veggie-packed vegan soup fills you up in a good way. Hardy vegetables (especially roots and cruciferous veggies), grains, beans, peas, and lentils are quite filling, yet low in calories. more→
There are many variations on tortilla soup, a southwestern classic. The common denominator is a crisp corn tortilla garnish. This veggie-filled rendition is a light and pleasant way to begin a meal with a southwestern theme — try it with vegan quesadillas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
A longtime favorite in our family of broccoli enthusiasts, this soup gets a thick, creamy base from pureed white beans or tofu. The addition of green peas at the end of cooking time brightens the color and heightens the flavor of the soup. This is great served with many kinds of wraps or sandwiches, or with a colorful main dish salad such as Taco Salad. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Leeks, mushrooms, beans, garlic, and watercress are super-nourishing ingredients that add up to a soup that’s delicious, too. The watercress gives this soup a springtime flavor, but it can be enjoyed any time of year. Recipe from Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free* by Joel Fuhrman. ©2012, HarperOne, reprinted by permission. more→
Here’s a simple soup of quick-cooking red lentils, embellished with tender greens. It’s a warming homemade soup you can have on the table in less than 45 minutes. Once you’ve done the onion-garlic sauté, there’s very little additional work to do! Serve with fresh pita, croutons, or crispy pita chips that you can crumble right into the soup. The recipe yields a flavorful but mild soup; see notes on seasonings following the recipe if you’d like to kick it up a few notches.
This quick and colorful soup will please anyone who enjoys Asian flavors. Just toss everything into a soup pot and in a few minutes, it’s done! Try enticing kids and teens with this simple soup. Serve with an Asian-flavored rice or noodle dish and veggie spring rolls for a fun meal. more→