Vegan Spring Minestrone

This winter has been crazy. Here in central NJ, we’ve seen more snow this year than we have in at least a decade. The kids no longer get excited when it’s snowing – it’s happened than often. And I know other parts of the country are dealing with an unexpectedly harsh season too, and not fairing as well as we have been.

I take heart knowing spring is around the corner.

Even with spring on the horizon, it’s still soup weather. Lots of my favorite soups are very wintery – so I decided I needed one that was more spring-appropriate. This vegan soup is packed with spring veggies – and flavor.

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17 Soup Recipes Perfect for Chilly Days

It’s no secret I’ve been on a soup kick recently. I’ve been making at least one pot a week, if not more. One of my favorite things about this warm-up meal is that it comes in so many different varieties.

From vegan options, to a soup version of your favorite burger; from soups that come together quickly to ones that simmer all day in the slow cooker, you’re bound to find something on this list to tickle your fancy!

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How to Host a Socially Distanced Soup Swap

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I am hosting my 7th annual soup swap this month and – like everything these days – it’s looking a little different thanks to the pandemic. Since we can’t gather in person, we’re pivoting to a virtual soup swap.

While it’s definitely not my first choice of party format, the point of the soup swap has always been togetherness. It’s a time to catch up with each other and share some comfort – in warm bowls and warm words. And that can absolutely be done from a distance!

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Vegan Slow Cooker Chickpea Noodle Soup

This post is sponsored in conjunction with#NationalSlowCookerMonth . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #NationalSlowCookerMonth recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

On busy days, my slow cooker is pretty much my best friend. I love being able to set it up, walk away for the day, and have a hot meal ready when we’re walking in the door at dinner time.

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And is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of soup? And this is comfort food you can feel good about – this plant-based meal is full of veggies!

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7 Soups for National Soup Swap Day #SoupSwapDay

Happy National #SoupSwapDay! Sharing soup with friends in the doldrums of winter is pretty much my favorite. I mean, what better mood booster is there than a great bowl of soup on a snowy day?

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Today, I’ve teamed up with some of my blogger buddies to bring you seven new soups perfect for a soup swap!

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Cheeseburger Soup

Happy #SoupSwapDay! This is seriously one of my favorite food days – both on the blog and in real life! Each year, I host friends for a soup swap. It’s an afternoon of soup sampling, good conversation – and we go home with enough soup for the cold winter days.

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Online, I get together with my blogger buddies to share new soup recipes. This cheeseburger soup is one the whole family has been loving!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

It’s been a week for comfort food around here. When you’re feeling low, is there anything better than a bowl of chili? Not really, especially when it’s this easy to make.

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This buffalo chicken chili is perfect for cool fall days – and simple enough for a weeknight.

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Southwestern Broccoli Chowder

Welcome to our third Lenten Friday! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite new soups.

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I don’t like to limit soups to winter – they really can be great make-ahead meals any time of the year.

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Tomato Asiago PDO Soup #UncommonFlavorsofEurope

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #UncommonFlavorsofEurope. I received product samples from the sponsor to aid in the creation of this post. All opinions are mine alone.

Do you know where your food is from? Do you know what’s in it? It’s a perpetual goal of mine to do better when it comes to food quality. We’ve made some big strides by joining our local CSA, but I’m always learning – and have learned there are some things you just can’t get locally.

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Take, for example, Asiago PDO. True Asiago PDO is made only in the Asiago Plateau region of Italy – and has been made exactly the same way for more than 1000 years. PDO stands for “Protected Geographical Indication”, and is issued by the European Union. Foods baring the PDO designation have the strongest possible links to historical practices.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

This vegetable stew is what we made for Family Dinner Book Club last month, and it’s such a great option for Lenten Fridays. It’s a dump and go slow cooker meal – perfect for the end of the week.

I honestly wasn’t sure how this would be received by the kids since it really is just a big bowl of vegetables – but I was pleasantly surprised that they were happy with it. You could easily switch up the veggies to fit your family’s tastes – or add chicken or pasta.

Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew
(adapted from Chef Sarah Elizabeth)
Serves 6-8

3 red potatoes, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup cut green beans
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. paprika
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
8 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 lemon, for the juice

 

Add everything, except lemon, to the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, until potatoes are easily cut with a fork. Stir in juice of the lemon and serve.

Vegetable Stew