Hearty Soups

Soups are a great way to warm us up in the winter, but also an excellent way to get in a good source of vegetables all in one meal.  Some of the recipes below are heartier than others, and most are prepared with heart-healthy, fiber-rich beans (read more on fiber here).  However, make sure to use low-sodium broths to cut back on your salt intake–every little bit that we can cut back on helps!

Bean and Vegetable ChiliBean Chili

This chunky and hearty bean chili is a great addition to a cold winter’s day.  But make sure to rinse off the beans to cut back on the added salt.  Vary the recipes by including a variety of vegetables; your family might have a favorite combination!




Quick Creamy Curry Pumpkin SoupPumpkin Soup

Bring the taste of gourmet soup into the comfort of your home.  This easy soup is great for the fall or winter season as a side dish for a meal.





Tuscan White Bean SoupTuscan white soup

 This heart-healthy, chunky soup is great to serve on Meatless Mondays in your home.  Serve with a large salad and a whole wheat roll as a stand alone meal.



Curried Lentil Soup


This curry and hearty soup is great for heart health and your pocket book!  Lentils are a great source of protein (up to 18 g per cup) and fiber.  Meanwhile, a 15-oz bag of dry lentils ($1.29-$1.69) makes up to 5-6 cups of beans.  Don’t hesitate to use your own flare and add more vegetables.





Curried Zucchini and Chickpea SoupCurried Chickpea Soup

As you can tell, I am a big fan of curry; my Trinidadian roots attributes to this.  This certainly isn’t a bad thing given that curry contains turmeric, a spice found to have antioxidant properties.  Make sure to use low-sodium chickpeas/garbanzo beans, or even better, cook up dry garbanzo beans.

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