Weekend Menu Planning: 30 Healthful Soups with Greens or Grains
By Kalyn Denny on January 19, 2011
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For Day 13 of Countdown to Soup Swap, BlogHer Kalyn Denny has found 30 of the healthiest, tastiest soups in the blogosphere.
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Here at BlogHer, we've been counting down to National Soup Swap Day on January 22, so I hope you noticed good soup ideas if you're hosting or attending a Soup Swap. I love making soup, partly because it's warm and comforting during my least favorite time of year, but also because soup is a perfect way to use nutritious ingredients and make them taste amazing. Today I'm spotlighting soups with greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard) and grains (quinoa, barley, brown rice.) Each of these healthful ingredients can add flavor and nutrition to soups in a delightful way.
Photo of Hearty Spinach and Sausage Soup
from Pinch My Salt
This Hearty Spinach and Sausage Soup from Pinch My Salt also has potatoes, carrots, celery, and barley for a healthy dose of vegetables, greens, and grains.
More Soups with Spinach You Might Also Like:
Spinach Soup with Gruyere ~ from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Smooth and Simple Spinach and Cumin Soup ~ from Lucullian Delights
Crockpot Double Lentil, Spinach, Sausage, and Brown Rice Soup ~ from Kalyn's Kitchen
Ground Pork, Spinach, and Chayote Soup ~ from Home Cooking Rocks
Photo of African Kale and Yam Soup
from Happy Herbivore
The African Kale and Yam Soup above from Happy Herbivore is vegan and fat free, and it features kale, yams (or orange sweet potatoes), and a spicy broth with miso, curry powder, and red pepper flakes.
More Soups with Kale You Might Also Like:
Mushroom Barley Soup with Kale ~ from A Mingling of Tastes
Kale and Roasted Vegetable Soup ~ from Simply Recipes
North African Chickpea and Kale Soup ~ from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Sausage and Red Russian Kale Soup ~ from Kalyn's Kitchen
Photo of Tortellini Soup with Pancetta, White Beans, and Swiss Chard
from Cookin' Canuck
Tortellini always adds extra interest to soup, but white beans and swiss chard bump up the nutrition in this Tortellini Soup with Pancetta, White Beans, and Swiss Chard from Cookin' Canuck.
More Soups with Swiss Chard You Might Also Like:
Crockpot Swiss Chard Soup ~ from A Year of Slow Cooking
Simple and Healthy Swiss Chard and Artichoke Soup ~ from Farmgirl Fare
Pulled Pork, Potato, and Swiss Chard Soup ~ from Dinner with Julie
Swiss Chard, Sweet Potato, and Toor Dal Soup ~ from Cheap Healthy Good
Photo of Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa and Coconut Milk
from A Veggie Venture
Quinoa is a seed that's eaten as a grain. It's high in protein making it a perfect ingredient in this Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa and Coconut Milk from A Veggie Venture.
More Soups with Quinoa You Might Also Like:
Quinoa Soup with Spinach and Corn ~ from A Mingling of Tastes
Tomato Quinoa Soup ~ from Jeanette's Healthy Living
How to Make Quinoa Soup (video) ~ from Show Me the Curry
Pink Bean, Quinoa, and Spinach Soup ~ from The Veggie Gal
Photo of Mushroom Barley Soup
from Two Peas and Their Pod
Hearty soups combining mushrooms and barley are classic, and this Mushroom Barley Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod adds flavor with fresh thyme.
More Soups with Barley You Might Also Like:
Beef Barley Soup ~ from Our Life in the Kitchen
Columbian Barley and Pork Soup ~ from My Columbian Recipes
Curried Mushroom, Bean, and Barley Soup ~ from The Perfect Pantry
Cream of Barley Soup with Mushrooms and Leeks ~ from Notes from the Vegan Feast Kitchen
Photo of Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Soup with Preserved Lemon
from The Perfect Pantry
Brown rice is a wonderful ingredient for soup and it was recently added to the list of whole grains, so pull out the slow cooker and make this Lentil and Brown Rice Soup with Preserved Lemon from The Perfect Pantry.
More Soups with Brown Rice You Might Also Like:
Chicken, Brown Rice, and Vegetable Soup ~ from Madeline's Adaptations
Stuffed Pepper Soup ~ from Jayesel
Red Lentil and Brown Rice Soup ~ from 101 Cookbooks
Potato Cauliflower Soup with Brown Rice ~ from Lisa's Kitchen
Now it's your turn to share. If you have a favorite soup recipe featuring spinach, kale, swiss chard, quinoa, barley, or brown rice please let us know about it in the comments.
(Every week on BlogHer, we spotlight five recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by checking the Weekend Menu Planning Archives or clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)
Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn could never name her very favorite soup, but Goulash Soup with Red Peppers and Cabbage is always a hit at family parties.