Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

There are many versions of butternut squash soup recipes circulating this time of the year but this is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast (a special shout out to Catherine and Josh for introducing me to this cookbook). It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a…

Carrot Soup with Orange and Ginger

Cold rain is falling so it’s time to make soup. This fast and easy, ginger spiced soup is warm and comforting. Combining carrots and citrus with fragrant ginger, onions and garlic keeps the sodium content low without sacrificing flavor. The beautiful color comes from beta-carotene rich carrots, vitamin C from orange juice and gingerol from…

Hearty and Healthy Vegetable Soup

I’ve been posting several soups and stews because I find myself cooking these warm, one-pot dishes this time of the year. They are are easy, nutrient-packed, and just what you want on a  cold winter day. Don’t be discouraged by the lengthy list of ingredients. When I make vegetable soup, I like to throw in…

After Thanksgiving Turkey Stew with Fresh Sage and Thyme

When the weather gets colder, I’m ready for warm, rustic, flavorful stews. This is a perfect recipe to make after Thanksgiving, allowing you to use up any leftover turkey or with chicken if you want to make it any other time of the year.  Hearty herbs, like sage and thyme, are excellent in winter soups…

Mushroom Barley Soup (perfect for a meatless Monday)

I hope you enjoy this heart warming and heart healthy mushroom barley soup. It’s a vegetarian soup that satisfies like a beef stew. The meaty texture of the mushrooms, chewiness of the barley and richness of the broth will convince any meat lover to go meatless, at least once this week.

No Cream Creamy Zucchini Soup with Fresh Tarragon

If you still have zucchini from your garden or farmers market, try this delicious zucchini soup from Ellie Krieger. The creaminess is not from cream but from a secret ingredient, cannellini beans. The beans not only make this soup dairy-free, but they give it a boost of fiber and protein. I love the slight licorice…

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Buttermilk Soup

I seem to only use buttermilk in pancake batter or muffins. That’s unfortunate because buttermilk, like yogurt and kefir, is a cultured dairy product rich in calcium, protein and healthy probiotics. Since most of us are not going to start drinking buttermilk, I wanted to find another way to incorporate it into more recipes. Here,…

Deliciously Simple Fresh Tomato Soup

My husband’s garden continues to produce a bountiful supply of tomatoes (check out his post at Main Line Haven) so my daughter suggested tomato soup. Tomato soup is surprisingly easy to make. You just need tomatoes and a few simple ingredients. It’s fast and delicious. Total prep time: 10 minutes.  Total cooking time: about 30…

Watermelon Gazpacho

As the days get warmer, chilled soup is a light and refreshing summer treat. This recipe is a twist on traditional tomato-based gazpacho, using watermelon instead. Watermelon is refreshingly light and sweet, complimenting the chopped fresh vegetables and herbs. This recipe is so easy. All you need is a blender and a bowl. Fresh mint…

Marcella Hazan’s White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Here’s a rustic, Tuscan-style bean soup that’s ready in 10 minutes. This recipe by Marcella Hazan embraces simplicity and balance, hallmarks of her cooking. It’s a perfect choice for a meatless meal any night of the week.  Serve it over a slice of crusty, whole grain bread with a freshly tossed green salad. Ingredients: 1/2 cup…

Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder

This recipe is from the first cooking class I attended right out of college. It was taught by Robin Rifkin, an inspirational woman who continues to work in the food and nutrition community in Philadelphia. I love this recipe because it’s a perfect summer chowder filled with colorful, garden fresh vegetables. It does require some…