Because one of my goals this year is to focus on eating healthier meals and Dave became Vegan eight months ago, we’ve been cooking more at home — which means we’re always looking for recipes that are easy to prep, have fresh ingredients, and fill us up. I usually eat a quick breakfast, so lunch is when I want to have something heartier, though not so hearty that I feel weighed down.
That’s where soups come in! Something you may not know about me is that I’m a die-hard soup person. I love soup and would eat it for every meal if I could. (And if you follow me on instagram, you might have seen a couple of Dave’s cooking takeovers!).
Soups are great because they pack a lot of protein, fiber, and veggies into a single bowl and you can prep them ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate them for later. It’s a no-brainer option for lunch, because I can just heat up a bowl in the microwave if I’m working. Plus, kids love soup! Any meal that’s a hit for me and my entire family is an instant win in my book.
Here are three delicious recipes I keep coming back to:
1. Chicken Tortilla Soup
I love this recipe so much, I make it every other week. You can do it with or without the chicken, but it’s packed with veggies and has tons of flavor!
- 32 ounces vegetable broth
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 can of corn, unsalted
- 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 potatoes, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 2 zucchini, diced
- 2 tbsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste
Put everything in a crock pot for 4 hours or boil for an hour on med-low. When it’s done, ladle into bowls and top with fresh cilantro, avocado slices and tortilla strips.
2. Quick & Easy Chili
I received this recipe from a friend who was on Weight Watchers many years ago. On that program, it’s only one point for an entire bowl.
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 8 ounces of canned kidney beans
- 8 ounces of canned black beans
- 16 ounces of canned chili beans
- 1 can Italian recipe stewed tomatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 packet ranch seasoning
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 lb ground turkey or ground chicken (optional)
Combine the chopped onion and meat and sautée in a pan until the onions and meat are well cooked. Add to large pot or crock pot, and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for 4 hours in the crockpot or on the stove for 1.5 hours on med-low.
3. Southwestern Lentil
Lentils are super healthy and really filling. Add your favorite steamed veggies as toppings to make it a more hearty stew.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 cup low-sodium V8
- 1 potato, washed and diced
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 6 tbsp nonfat sour cream
Generously spray a large pot or Dutch Oven with olive oil spray or use a teaspoon of olive oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and garlic until lightly golden, about 2 or 3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low until the lentils and vegetables are tender, around 20 to 25 minutes. Serve chili in bowls and garnish the top of each one with a tablespoon of sour cream. Makes 6 servings.
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