The weather here in Maryland is most certainly cooperating with my 2015 Fall Soup Plan. It’s been cold, windy and rainy for the better part of the past 5 days. Definitely soup weather. Does rainy weather make anyone else want soup as almost every meal or is it just me?
Life got a bit hectic over the past week for me. I have been feeling a bit under the weather and, of course, that is coinciding with the last week of my current short semester at school. Add in the responsibilities of my day job and just, ugh. To top it off, Murphy was hanging out at my house tonight and the frozen butternut squash I had hoped to use in some Butternut Squash Soup this week had an expiration date of 2014. Oops.
But no worries, the internets never fail us right? Here are a few links to some soup recipes around the web that I have tried and can attest to their tastiness:
Garden Corn Chowder With Basil & Chives by Isa Chandra at Post Punk Kitchen
Red Lentil Soup With Lemon by Melissa Clark at The New York Times
Pumpkin Chili from The Shrinking Kitchen
Pea and ‘Ham’ Soup (Smoked Tofu) from Veg Hot Pot
Any of these would set you straight during a chilly Fall week with some plant-based goodness. I have some of that Pumpkin Chili in the freezer, so it will be in rotation this week for me. I hope you are warm and dry wherever you are and enjoying some soup!
It takes all kinds of vegetables…If you know it, sing along!
I used to LOVE that show! Now that we’ve taken a walk down memory lane, let’s talk soup. Last week, right on cue, the weather started to change here in Frederick. Chilly nights, and now even some chilly days, put me in the mood for soup. If you do any type of meal planning or want to start, adding a soup to your weekly rotation during the Fall and Winter can be a life saver. Soups usually aren’t very time or labor intensive (I know some would say chopping is laborious, but I disagree – I find it therapeutic), can be a good reducer of food waste, a great way to get more vegetables into your diet, and can be stretched across many meals or even frozen for those weeks when you really don’t have time.
In the past my soup making as been sporadic. Back in 2011 one of my favorite magazines ran a great article on soup recipes and included 13 hearty soups. My first thought was “that’s a soup for each week of Fall, and if I freeze some of each recipe, that could easily get me through most of the Winter.” Unfortunately I don’t still have that article, but I can easily come up with a different soup each week for the next 3 months.
The realization that I have put back on about 35 pounds, along with full-time work and full-time school has me attacking my meal planning like its my job and I’m going to start posting the weekly plan again on Mondays. It will include 1 soup and I’ll share the recipe on Sundays. If you are a soup maker or want to get started with meal planning, will you join me for Souper Sundays? I’m always up for sharing tips and on the lookout for new recipes. Continue reading