Soups for All Seasons

Southwestern Fresh Corn Stew

Southwestern Fresh Corn Stew

While fresh local corn is abundant in early fall, the most tempting way to eat it is right off the cob. But cooking with fresh corn can be equally appealing. Its sweetness and crunch can’t be matched by frozen corn kernels.To vary the recipe, add a cup or two of cooked pinto or pink beans and serve with a purchased fresh bread. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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No-Cook Cold Soups for Summer Refreshment

Cold White Bean and Tomato Soup

Even though we can use air-conditioning to mitigate summer heat in the kitchen, being able to make cold soups without turning on a single burner is a gift on the hottest days. Some cold soups have cooked ingredients and then are chilled in the fridge, but the ones presented here don’t require any heat at all. It’s good to chill them before serving for ultimate refreshment, but you can serve them right away if need be (you can always swirl 3 or 4 ice cubes into them before serving to get that chilled effect). First up, Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup, shown above, which makes for a flavorful, nearly instant and surprisingly hearty cold soup.  more→

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Curried Red Lentil, Pumpkin, and Cauliflower Soup

Curried Red Lentil Pumpkin Cauliflower soup

Red lentils cook quickly, so they’re a good choice when you want a hearty, filling soup in little time. Adding a couple of cups of pumpkin or butternut squash puree adds to the orange-y goodness of this soup — and cauliflower and spinach contribute to its overall veggie-packed deliciousness. Serve this main-dish soup with a fresh flatbread and a simple salad. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Vegan French-Style Onion Soup

Vegan French Onion Soup

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→

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Cold Avocado and Green Pea Soup

Cold Avocado and pea soup

Cold soups are one of my favorite ways to feel refreshed in the summer heat. What makes any cold soup even better for me is if it needs no cooking at all, like this one featuring ripe avocados and green peas. And it adds gorgeous burst of green to the table, as well. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Watermelon and Peach Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho recipe

Adding summer fruit like watermelon and peaches (or nectarines) to a classic tomato gazpacho works surprisingly well. The sweet and piquant flavors play off of one another in this palate-pleaser. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. more→

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Raw Mushroom Medley Scape Soup

Mushroom Scape Soup by Joelle Amiot from Jar o Honey

Garlic scapes are the edible flower of the immature garlic plant. They have been around for thousands of years and are used in both culinary and medicinal applications. The flavor is of a soft, velvety garlic with a hint of green. I can’t think of a more perfect marriage of flavors than mushrooms and garlic! The best thing about mushrooms is that they taste great raw and cooked so I thought an in between soup would be divine. A raw mushroom soup with scapes is perfect! This soup is so simple to make yet bursting with flavor, everyone should make it at least once. Because it is only heated to 105 degrees F, it is the perfect soup also for warmer weather. Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot from her blog JarOHoney. more→

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Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup

Cold coconut cream of lettuce soup

Here’s an almost-no-cook (actually completely no-cook if you like raw corn) soup that’s perfect for warm weather meals. Lettuces are abundant in gardens and in farm markets, and if you find yourself with too many heads, this soup will take two of them off your hands and out of your fridge! Fresh corn pairs perfectly with the lettuce in this mildly curried, refreshing chilled soup. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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