Top Five Soup Meals

Friday, September 30, 2011

You may be used to eating soup as an appetizer or starter course of sorts. But when the chill of fall is in the air, or the long wintry nights are dragging by, there is nothing more comforting or satisfying than a hearty soup supper. Combinations of meats, fish, vegetables, beans, or pasta make for the ultimate one-dish meal, and these five recipes will make a low calorie soup supper easy to plan.

1. Vegetarian Chili

Photo @ Kimberley K. Eggleston

Chili is a wonderful make-ahead meal. As long as you are cooking, double the recipe to this hearty vegetarian chili, and store half in the freezer for a quick meal a few weeks down the road. Before serving, pile on the usual chili toppings such as low-fat shredded cheese, sour cream, or green onion if desired.

2. Hearty Minestrone

Photo @ Kimberley K. Eggleston

This soup is a staple around my house. It is especially delicious in early fall when there is a nip in the air, and fresh zucchini is easy to come by. You need only a small amount of the flavorful Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to finish off the soup. Served with crusty bread, this is a completely satisfying meal.

3. Classic Chicken and Rice Soup

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This makes delicious bowls of warm comfort, just like grandma used to make. The recipe is quite traditional with just one small twist. The rosemary, which adds a delicate touch to this classic recipe, will keep you coming back for more. Serve with warm whole wheat rolls and saltine crackers.

4. Taco Soup

Photo @ Kimberley K. Eggleston

Ready for a little spice? This soup is a fulfilling taco in a bowl, complete with tomatoes, beans, beef, and onions. Accompany with a slice of corn bread for dipping. For a perfect finish, top it off with a dollop of fat-free sour cream or non-fat plan yogurt.

5. New England Clam Chowder

Photo @ Kimberley K. Eggleston

Most clam chowders lend their flavor to high fat cream and bacon drippings. This recipe uses only a small amount of bacon and flavorful clam juice resulting in a full-flavored creamy low calorie clam chowder. Sprinkle with oyster crackers and accompany with a slice of crusty bread and small green salad for a complete meal.

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