10 healthy hearty soups & stews
by Mirella Kaloglou & Panos Diotis
There's nothing better than enjoying a nourishing bowl of soup right? Every time the temperature drops, we 're looking forward to making a hearty, filling soup to soothe things up! When it's summer or early autumn (which is like summer in Greece), we also make cold soups, to enjoy seasonal ingredients and cool off.
Soups are among the world's favorite comfort foods. They can be light and detoxing or thick and creamy; they can be thinner, like a broth or chunkier, like a stew, containing lots of protein.
There are soups with veggies, soups with legumes or pulses, soups with poultry, soups with pasta or rice...the combinations are endless!
Moreover, mixing in local ingredients, spices and herbs, creates a plethora of flavors, so there's no way one can be bored or tired of trying out new soups!
We have always wanted to share a list of delicious, nourishing soups with wholesome ingredients on the blog.
So, we asked some of our favorite fellow food bloggers for their contribution. These are all accomplished, talented bloggers you can trust. We follow their work ourselves and are often enjoying many of their tried and true recipes.
Take a look at the ones they share on this list, and make sure to check out their blogs as well, you 'll find a lot of great stuff there!
Beet Greens Spicy Yogurt Soup with Curried Cauliflower, from Food Fashion Party (www.foodfashionparty.com)
We begin with this Indian-style colorful soup by Asha Shivakumar. She uses one of our favorite ingredients, beet greens, and mixes it with curried cauliflower and yogurt. Serving this, like she suggests, on steamed rice, is heaven!
Eartha made a delicious Jamaican pumpkin soup with carrots, sweet potato, ginger, garlic and green onion. She combined these with coconut milk, making a healthy winter dish!
Nancy Lopez makes a classic Mexican soup in its vegan version: Pozole Rojo! Pozole is a special dish, served at Christmas, birthdays and other festive occasions in Mexico. Made with maize pozole (hominy), mushrooms and chiles this is a hot, delicious and filling soup!
Phoebe Lapin made a delicious sweet potato and cauliflower soup and transforms it into something totally unique by adding Thai red curry paste! Among the optional ingredients are the avocado and the maple syrup and of course one should add them as well :)
Liz Berg shares a hearty and filling Jambalaya, with smoked pork sausages (andouille), chicken, okra, rice and Creole seasoning. Perfect for any cold day, this is a whole delicious meal on its own. So many flavors in a single bowl!
Phi Kelnhofer uses one of our favorite pulses, red lentils and cooks them to perfection with potatoes, carrots, celery, and pepper using a slow cooker. She added garlic, paprika, oregano, and parsley and spiced things up with jalapeno and cayenne! An amazing, healthy soup.
Sharee shares her grand daddy's delicious vegetable and sausage soup that she posted on her blog. In it, she adds corn kernels, okra and fire roasted tomatoes and makes us drool each time we remember it :)
Kate makes one of the best mushrooms noodle soups here. She flavors it with shallot, ginger, lemongrass, chili paste and red pepper flakes and uses hearty soba noodles. This soup comes together in minutes, making it a delicious choice for a weekday dinner!
Nevada shares a delicious stew: one with butter, carrots, potatoes, celery root, leek, and beef. This is definitely one of the most filling winter stews, perfect for any cold day and a meal on its own. We love the flavors in this one.
We conclude this list with one of our favorite soups, that we shared on the blog before the Holiday Season: the Chicken Avgolemono soup. The reason for sharing this one is because it's really easy to make, it's popular abroad, and because many of your friends out there requested this on the blog. With chicken, rice and egg-lemon sauce, this is a Greek comfort food classic.
We hope you’ll enjoy these soups as much as we do, and enjoy their flavors and aroma. What are you favorite ones from the list? Please let us know if you try some.
Kali oreksi and Happy Cooking! :)