Soup is said to be as old as the history of cooking, with the earliest soup-making dating back to 20,000 BC! Research suggests that the earliest soup-cooking practices consisted of digging a hole in the ground and lining it with animal skin and hot stones. Bones from animals would then be boiled, creating the first drinkable broth. It has been a reliable choice of food since the discovery of fire. Fascinating, right?
Making big servings of soup can be a terrific way to feed your family on a budget and for multiple days during the winter season. Not only can this be an uncomplicated way to feed everyone during the busiest weeks, but it can also be very nutritious and filling! From chicken noodle soup to miso soup, there are many creative ways to make a delicious, warm dinner in a bowl.
At The Nest, nutrition and wellness are a part of our core values. We found five great recipes for you to try out in your home!
Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic that children reach for every time. You can’t go wrong with a warm bowl of this soup. Chicken Noodle Soup is packed full of winter veggies that will keep your child warm after a long and cold day playing outside. This recipe is budget-friendly, quick, and easy to make.
Cauliflower is a fiber-rich vegetable and a great source of vitamin c, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It is also packed full of antioxidants! When it is frigid outside, cauliflower cheese soup may just be the answer for lunch or dinner.
This recipe can be paired with any grain bread!
Tomato soup is a classic – this is a must-try recipe, especially when paired with a yummy grilled cheese sandwich.
Did you know that tomatoes are a fruit (yes, a fruit!) from the nightshade family native to South America? It is rich in an antioxidant called lycopene, which is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. On top of this, tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and vitamin K!
4. Carrot, apple, and ginger soup
This is a soup that the entire family can enjoy, even the smallest of family members!
Loaded with nutritious fruits and veggies, this carrot, apple, and ginger soup packs a punch while being super easy to make. Carrots are a root vegetable and a reliable source of beta carotene, fiber, potassium, vitamin K1, and more! It’s especially great for eye health.
Apples are one of the world’s most popular fruits, originating from Central Asia. Packed with fiber and vitamin C, this fruit will keep you full and satisfied.
Ginger is a close relative to Turmeric and has been used for cooking and healing for many years. From Rome to China, this root has been proven to help ailments such as stomach issues, muscle and joint pain, and even skin burns. Vitamins in ginger include Iron, vitamin C, Zinc, folate, phosphorus, vitamins B3 and B6, and magnesium.
Needless to say, this soup has many benefits!
This soup is perfect for throwing in the crockpot when you are on a time crunch.
It’s a hearty and filling soup that can be enjoyed in the coldest days of winter. Cook this up when the family is in need of a warm, protein and fiber-rich meal!
The best news of all: these ingredients can be found at your local supermarket and aren’t hard to find.
At The Nest Schools, we prioritize overall wellness. Whether that be exploring nutritious snacks and meals with our friends, learning about mindfulness and yoga, or getting our heart rate up during Fit Buddies – we are constantly building a foundation for lifelong wellness!
We hope these five recipes inspire you to create tasty meals the whole family can sit down and enjoy together this season.