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Healthy Soups for This Fall

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Soup is the ultimate food for cold weather. In fact, many soups are cream- or cheese-based and are a bit high in fat and calories. However, it is possible to make warm soups that fill you up but don’t contain a lot of fat, calories, or carbs. Consider some of these yummy healthy soups for the fall season.

Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

The first fall soup on this list is tomato soup. I know it sounds boring but instead of making full-size grilled cheese sandwiches, you can make little grilled-cheese croutons. That sounds like an idea that can travel to other dishes!

For your soup, you can use any tomato soup recipe you like. There are low-fat versions, creamier versions, and ones that are more of a tomato bisque as well. You then make a grilled cheese sandwich out of your favorite bread and cheese but cut it up into small, bite-size pieces. One sandwich should make grilled cheese croutons for 2-3 people, so you are reducing your overall fat and calorie intake with this meal compared to a typical tomato soup/grilled cheese combo.

One example of this combo: Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Broccoli Cheese Chowder

Clam chowder is very popular, but it isn’t always the best soup for fall when you want to use fresh ingredients. However, broccoli is a fall vegetable, and cheese is the perfect component to create a warm dish on a cold night. You can make a broccoli cheese chowder soup that uses just a little bit of cream (or no cream!). Add some quinoa or other whole grain add protein and make your meal more filling.

An example of a recipe for broccoli, cheese, and quinoa soup: Broccoli, cheese, and quinoa soup

Mushroom Quinoa Soup

Both mushrooms and quinoa are great to include in your fall meals. These ingredients also fit into many different dietary requirements, including being gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. While the exact ingredients you add are up to you, use white mushrooms and add in some other types as well if you like. You should use a low-sodium vegetable broth to cut down on the salt, and plenty of vegetables, such as onion, celery, and carrots. Seasonings and herbs that are good with this soup are garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Importantly, don’t forget your quinoa!

An example of a vegan, gluten-free version: Mushroom and Quinoa Soup

Squash and Bacon Soup

This soup combines the classic taste of butternut squash soup, with bacon, which everyone loves. Use chunks of butternut squash, which is an ideal fall vegetable. Include as much bacon as you want, and vegetables like bell peppers, onions, celery, and plenty of herbs as well. Chicken stock works better as far as taste goes with this soup than using vegetable stock. However, either will work if needed!

An example of butternut squash and bacon soup: Roasted Butternut and Bacon Soup

A straight butternut squash soup is also lovely in the fall.

Enjoy your soups!

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