Soulful Soups

Coconut Curried Red Lentil Soup with Spinach

Coconut-Curried-Red-Lentil-Soup-with-Spinach leslie cerier

The red palm oil and red lentils give this soup a beautiful orange color. Feel free to use any greens you like such as spinach, collards, kale, mustard greens or even nettles. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller. more→

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Hearty Lentil Soup

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The earthy flavor of these protein-packed legumes shines in this basic rendition of lentil soup. Make sure to see the variations listed below the recipe. This is perfect as a soup centerpiece, served with crusty bread or fresh cornbread, and any kind of salad you enjoy.

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Traditional-Style Miso Soup

Miso soup with bamboo mat

The kind of miso soup that’s served in Japanese restaurants is so tasty and warming, and quite easy to replicate at home. It takes just minutes to make. Look for kombu (the sea vegetable that gives the soup its traditional character) in natural foods stores. Note that once the miso is stirred into water, it should not be boiled. Otherwise, its beneficial enzymes will be destroyed. more→

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Puree of Spring or Summer Greens

Cream of Greens Soup

Here’s a soup designed to make the most of kale or chard, spinach, arugula, and lettuces when they become too abundant. For some years, my family belonged to a community-supported farm. There was always an explosion of greens of all kinds—kale, chard, Asian greens, spinach, lettuce, and more. When greens threaten to take over the fridge, I turn to this recipe, which has become an annual tradition! If you love greens and have plenty of them, you’ll find this nourishing recipe useful as well as delicious. Make sure all greens are very well washed. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.  Photo by Theresa Raffetto.

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Pink Bean, Quinoa, and Spinach Soup

Quinoa, pink bean, and spinach soup

An appetizing, mildly spiced mélange of nourishing beans, quinoa, and greens, this makes a stellar centerpiece for a soup-based meal, as it’s done in 30 minutes or less. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, making this practically a meal in a bowl. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Taco Soup

Taco soup recipe

The presentation of this easy, offbeat soup, filled with spiced beans and grain (quinoa or bulgur) is like a taco turned inside out, is fun and dramatic. It’s perfect for a chilly weeknight meal, served with a colorful salad and a green veggie. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photo by Theresa Raffetto. more→

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Miso-Butternut Squash Soup with Soba or Udon Noodles

Butternut Squash, spinach, and miso soup

Once you’ve got the squash baked, this warming noodle soup with colorful and nutritious veggies comes together quickly. It’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Use chopsticks for “slurping” the noodles, then enjoy the rest with a spoon. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.  Photos by Janet at The Taste Space.
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Nearly-Instant Thai Coconut Corn Soup

Nearly-Instant Thai Coconut-Corn Soup from Vegan Express

Here’s a soup that’s great for any kind of weather, not just when it’s chilly and rainy. Because it’s ready to serve in 20 minutes, it’s for any time you want soup in a hurry. You can even chill it and serve it cold on warm days. Recipe adapted from Vegan Express: Featuring 160 Quick, Delicious Recipes for Healthy Meals* by Nava Atlas; photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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