Plant Based Eating

Eleven Healthy Vegan Soups to Get you Through Winter

Winter is here, and for Seattle, that means rain. Rain, rain, and more rain. Despite what everyone things about it raining so much, we actually rank 44th amongst the major cities with our annual rainfall being 38 inches per year.

The truth about a Seattle rain is that it’s a constant light drizzle….all day. Rain boots and jackets are a essential to living out in the Pacific Northwest, because the winter rain is cold. It leaves you with a damp to the bone kind of feeling. The kind of feeling that makes your skin clammy. It’s that kind of feeling that only a hot soup can cure.

I love soups. I am not sure if that’s because I enjoy eating things in bowl form, or that I love eating with a spoon. Utensils aside, another reason I love soup is because there is just so many different kinds and variations. Many cultures have their own form of soup, so it can be a culinary exploration for your tastebuds as well.

Soups often get a bad rap because many people relate soups to their canned, supermarket form. Making your own is easy, quick, and offers you much more flexibility when it comes to making a recipe your own.

Soups are also a great way to keep a healthy diet in the winter. Stocked with whole grains, legumes, beans, and vegetables, there are a health nut’s best friend. So here are 11 healthy vegan soups that you can try this winter!

Asian

Miso Soup

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Image via The Foodie Dietitian 

The kale in this recipe has lots of vitamin C, which helps keep our immune systems healthy all winter long. Another winter health benefit is the vitamin D in the mushrooms, which helps fight off the winter blues by helping regulate our moods.

Pho Soup

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Image via Kimberly Snyder

Living in Seattle, I’ve been introduced to Pho, a vietnamese noodle soup, and have developed a serious craving for it. Pho is awesome because the staples of the recipe are the broth and noodles. The toppings are up to you, so it’s a great way to load up on veggies during the cold winter months.

Thai Sweet Potato Soup

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Image via Feasting at Home

This soup’s hearty root vegetable is loaded with Beta-caratne, which helps out our immune systems for the flu season ahead.

Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup

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Image via Anett Velsberg

Another noodle soup, this one has ginger and garlic, two spices that help combat cold and flus.

 

Middle Eastern

Moroccan Carrot Red Lentil Soup

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Image via A Cedar Spoon

Carrots are another beta-carotene friendly food. Aside from helping our immune systems, it helps with vision/eye health.

Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup

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Image via Cotter Crunch

This Indian inspired soup has immune fighting vitamin C in it due to the cauliflower.

Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

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Image via Delish Knowledge

Inspired by the classic greek soup, this soup is vegan friendly. The lemon offers flu fighting benefits making it a great winter dish!

 

Classics

Tuscan Bean Soup with Squash and Kale

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Image via Saveur

A nice hearty Italian soup, the winter vegetables help fight flu and colds, while the beans offer a good source of plant based protein.

Tofu ‘Chicken’ Noodle Soup

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Image via Making Thyme for Health

A vegan take on a comfort classic!

Mushroom Soup

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Image via Pancake Warriors

This soup is a sure way to get your daily dose of vitamin D!

Roasted Tomato Soup

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Image via Diethood

Served with a side of vegan grilled cheese!

 

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