Thursday, December 5, 2013
Recipes! Warm soups and chowders for the cold weather
There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day. Because many of us across the United States are experiencing record low temperatures, I though the perfect article this week should bring some warmth....to your belly. Here are a collection of recipes from across the World Wide Web. Soups and chowders that are not only delicious but performance-enhancing too.
What makes a good soup? A source of protein, complex carbohydrate and a bit of healthy fat too - plus don't forget lots of veggies! Note any modifications to the recipes listed below each recipe link. Stay warm!
White Bean Chicken & Chili - Giada De Laurentiis
This soup is loaded with inflammation-fighting fat, lean protein and antioxidants. Love! Yes I know it has a lot of ingredients, but that is where you get the flavor. I recommend you cut out the added salt (you'll get enough in the broth). If you are a spicy wimp like me, cut out the red pepper flakes as well. Pair with a salad and a piece of fruit and you have a yummy meal.
Crock Pot Minestrone - Taste of Home
Warm, delicious soup ready for me when I walk through the door? Yes please! I recommend you cut out the pepperoni and use whole-wheat elbow macaroni. Add some fruit for a complete meal.
Lentil Soup - Giada De Laurentiis
Yes I used two recipes by Giada. If her food wasn't so tasty, this wouldn't be a problem. Lentil soup is one of my absolute favorites! For this recipe, double up on the celery and carrots. Personally I would leave out the pasta, but if you want it - use a whole wheat variety. Pair with a whole-wheat pita (if you didn't put pasta in the soup) and a salad and this is heaven!
Simple Turkey Chili - AllRecipes
A great soup to end with - traditional chili (well...almost). Using lean ground turkey will substantially lower the saturated fat level (vs. ground beef). For this recipe, I recommend leaving out the salt. If it was me, I also wouldn't add the cayenne pepper (again- spicy wimp). Pair with some fruit and a small piece of cornbread (because it's chili...).
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