Soups for All Seasons

Spiced Carrot and Orange Soup

Carrot, Orange and Ginger soup recipe

A warming soup with the cheering color of carrots and the zesty flavor of citrus and ginger, this soup is great as everyday fare as well as an opener for winter holiday meals. more→

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Classic Mushroom-Barley Soup

Classic Mushroom Barley Soup

Here’s the comforting classic, mushroom-barley soup. It’s nothing fancy, but always so satisfying. Change it up by using different kinds of mushrooms. I like to use a combination of baby bella (aka cremini) and shiitakes.  more→

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Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup

boston lettuceHere’s an almost-no-cook (actually completely no-cook if you like raw corn) soup that’s perfect for midsummer. 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. more→

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Vegan “Chick-Un” Noodle Soup

Vegan mock chicken soup

This simple, tasty soup recalls a comfort food from my childhood — minus the poor bird. Chickpeas or baked tofu do the trick, adding substance and flavor to this soothing soup. There’s a Yiddish proverb that goes: “Worries go down better with soup.” How true! Photo by Theresa Raffetto. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.*
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Sweet Potato Dal

Sweet potato dal

This soup is Dal-icious! It’s so flavorful you’ll want seconds. and thirds! Recipe and photo contributed by Lindsay S. Nixon, from The Everyday Happy Herbivore* (BenBella Books, 2011).

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Cold Cucumber and White Bean Soup

Cold White bean and cucumber soup

Substantial yet refreshing, this cool soup can be made in minutes. Choose a crisp, flavorful cucumber with pale green (rather than watery white) flesh for optimal flavor. Leave the peel on for extra fiber and flavor if the cucumber is organic and unwaxed. Serve with a simple potato or pasta salad or wraps for an easy and tasty summer meal. more→

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Squash, Sweet Potato, and Corn Chowder

Squash and corn chowder

Squash, corn, and sweet potato combine to make a hearty chowder that’s especially perfect for fall. Though this admittedly involves a bit of preparation, none of it is difficult. It’s a great soup to make on a quiet Sunday — you’ll be happy to come home to it during the week! It’s delicious with fresh cornbread. It’s also the kind of soup you won’t mind making an extra effort to make for holiday meals like Thanksgiving. more→

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Pumpkin Peanut Soup

Curried pumpkin-peanut soup

Because of of its pumpkiny goodness, this soup is perfect to serve as a starter to everyday meals as well as festive occasions, like Thanksgiving. If serving for a holiday meal, remember that it’s filling enough to be a dinner centerpiece on its own, so serve in modest portions, otherwise you won’t have enough room for anything else! Recipe and photo by Dianne Wenz of VeggieGirl.

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