Souper Good Soups!

Ok, I know what you’re thinking how cheesy can one girl get? Well I can get this cheesy folks…

Mmm doesn’t that look good? Try Brown Eyed Baker’s Cheddar and Ale Soup with potato and bacon goodness for those of you who aren’t watching your waistbands! It is nothing short of a cheesy indulgence so eat sparingly but happily!

Anyway, I promised I would post some of my absolute favorite soups (and chili) recipes so I will give you my top three all in order of healthfulness the prior being the most unhealthy.  But do not fret they are in no particular order in terms of taste as all are delicious!

The second soup is actually a chili and is very healthy despite being from Paula Deen. She makes a spectacular white bean chicken chili! I know what you’re thinking Paula Deen AND healthy? Yes! Just sub out the little bit of butter for organic evoo and you have a scrumptious hearty meal…that isn’t a caloric mess!  I did think the color was a bit blah so I put my own little twist on it – I added a homemade salsa fresco to the top when serving ( 1 diced avocado, 1 diced tomato, fresh squeezed lime juice of one lime, salt, & pepper).  The salsa had a wonderful zing to it and it tasted great (albeit spicy FYI).  This is also a great idea for a tailgate or a game night!

The  third and healthiest recipe is Oh She Glows Holiday Soup for the Soul.I made it last weekend and wow is it tasty …and vegan! Don’t be afraid by the sweet flavors of cinnamon, curry, and nutmeg as they are rather subtle. Also, red quinoa is a bit pricey ($6 for a box at Harris Teeter). It is worth it to buy this particular variety because it tastes a bit different and trust me you can make this soup about 5 times before you run out of the quinoa! I didn’t add the saffron as $18 is where I draw the line for vegetable soup, but I can imagine it would be delicious. I made a whole pot and packed it away for a week’s worth of lunches, served it with nice whole wheat crusty bread and it was ever so satisfying!

Now it’s your turn, send me your soups! Let me know why your favorite soup is special to you…bonus points if it’s healthy to boot!