Soup is nourishing, healthy, and great for leftovers

It’s a real challenge to have quick and easy meals on hand that are also nourishing and healthy. Making a big pot of soup once a week can solve that problem. Soup is one of the most nourishing foods you can eat, as it is hydrating, easy to digest, full of vitamins and minerals (if made with lots of vegetables and good quality salt), and warming.

Each time you make soup, make enough for at least 3 meals, that way you can have it on hand to reheat for lunches or dinners throughout the week.

Vary the types of soup you make

It’s good to vary the kinds of soup you make, as each type of soup offers different benefits. Also, eating different kinds of soup gives you more variety, which leads to more satisfaction with your meals (so you’re less likely to want snacks and sweets). 
The three main types of soup I’m including here are: 
—Creamy (Puréed) Vegetable Soup (e.g., Creamy Broccoli Soup)
—Hearty Bean and Vegetable Soup (e.g., Minestrone Milanese)
—Miso Soup (e.g., Healing Miso Vegetable Soup)
Alternate between these three types often to avoid getting tired of soup!

Tips for reheating soup

When reheating leftover soup, just reheat the portion you are going to eat for that meal. That way the rest stays cold in the refrigerator and does not get overcooked from reheating several times.

Also, be sure to add something free to your soup when reheating it. For example, add some fresh chopped spinach, kale, or Swiss chard to Minestrone Milanese. This is so important to bring life back to your leftovers.

Finally, garnish your soup with something fresh, like sliced scallions, chopped parsley, cilantro, or basil, or toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds. This adds color, texture, and flavor to your leftover soup.

Minestrone Milanese • Cook Love Heal by Rachel Zierzow

Minestrone Milanese Soup

Minestrone Milanese is chock full of veggies and is naturally gluten free. Enjoy a bowl with a simple salad for a complete nutritious meal!

Soupe Au Pistou - Provençal Vegetable Soup • Cook Love Heal by Rachel Zierzow

Soupe Au Pistou (Provençal Vegetable Soup with Tomato-Basil Pesto)

This healthy French soup will transport you to Southern France at the first bite! It is packed with fresh vegetables and topped with a fragrant and delicious tomato-basil pesto. Try Soupe Au Pistou when tomatoes are at peak season!

Rusic White Bean Soup with Fresh Rosemary and Basil • Cook Love Heal by Rachel Zierzow

Rustic White Bean Soup with Fresh Rosemary and Basil

Hearty and flavorful, Italian white bean soup is great any time of year, made with vegetables and herbs you have on hand.

Italian Chickpea Soup • Cook Love Heal by Rachel Zierzow

Italian Chickpea Soup with Fusilli Pasta

Italian chickpea soup with fusilli pasta is a nourishing, delicious, one-pot meal that kids and adults love.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Rosemary and Basil

This soup is sweet, savory, and silky smooth! This soup will stimulate your appetite and warm digestion. Perfect for dinner parties and evenings at home!

Healing Miso Vegetable Soup

Start your day (or meal) off right with a cup of delicious miso soup! Light and easy to digest, this soup is especially soothing to the stomach and helps reset your digestion.

Bowl of broccoli soup next to bunch of pink lilies

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Fresh Rosemary

This soup is so easy to prepare and super good for you. It’s creamy, delicious, and dairy-free!

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My Favorite Healing Soup Recipes • Cook Love Heal by Rachel Zierzow

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