Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Favorites: Ten Favorite Phase One Soups to Help You Get Through December!

Tasty soups in the freezer can help temper indulgent December eating!

We are now officially past the half-way mark of December, and some of you may have been overdoing it a tiny bit on the holiday eating, right?  This post with ten of my favorite Phase One soup recipes is a Public Service Announcement for anyone who's hoping to make it through the rest of the holidays without pants that are uncomfortably tight.  Healthy soups like these are warm and comforting when it's cold outside, and they're all delicious.  Let's start with the Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup pictured above, something I'd happily eat for lunch or dinner most any day. 

In 2008 I finally tried using escarole in soup, and this Cannellini Bean Soup with Roasted Italian Sausage and Escarole was the happy result.   If you don't have escarole you can use another type of greens.

When I posted this recipe for Spicy Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup I said it might even be my best lentil soup recipe ever (and that's saying something!)

Years before I went into my frenzy for cooking with kale, I made this Sausage and Red Russian Kale Soup with Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Herbs.

Yellow split peas are one of the ingredients I discovered in 2011, and I loved this Spicy Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage and Green Pepper.

This Vegetarian Black Bean Soup and Tomatillo Soup with Lime and Cilantro is made in the CrockPot.

This Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup with Ham and Sherry Vinegar can be made in a CrockPot or on top of the stove.

Skip the pita bread in the photo for Phase One, but you can have this Roasted Italian Sausage Soup with Garbanzos, Lentils, and Roasted Tomatoes

I'm crazy about this Goulash Soup with Red Peppers and Cabbage, but my bowl would have a big dollop of sour cream in it!

And last but not least, this Lentil Soup with Roasted Italian Sausage and Red Peppers is an oldie but goodie from back in 2007!

I do have a few more holiday ideas to share before the end of the year but posts might be a little less frequent the next couple weeks when I'm taking some time off to enjoy the holidays.  Meanwhile, Happy Soup Making everyone!
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  1. Every one of these soups looks like a winner! And it's so helpful to swap a bowl of soup for one meal a day during the holidays.

  2. Lydia if only you lived next door so I could have you over for soup on a regular basis!

  3. with these meals there's no excuse for not staying the course, thanks so much Kalyn!

  4. This reminds me of the old Campbell's ads...

  5. These sound like great soups...I love that they also sound extremely filling, comforting and healthy. I have a bunch of Italian Chicken Sausage in my freezer so I think I will make one of these this week. I love split peas so I am thinking that might be the husband thinks he doesn't like split peas, but I am wondering if I could tell him it's lentil:-)

  6. I love soup for dinner but never get creative or try new soups. At least half of these I want to make right now. Thanks for a great roundup and all these scrumptious recipes! Happy Holiday!

  7. Mmmmmmmm, your veggie black bean soup looks good. Right, I am off to check out the recipe.

  8. Deena, I think the comforting properties of soup are one thing that made Campbells ads such a hit.

    Thanks Becki! I'd say it's worth a try, lol!

    Jamie hope you enjoy them.

    Jacqueline, that is one of my faves.

  9. These sound good, but I don't eat sausage or any pork product, so I will have to substitute with beef in some form. Soup is becoming my favorite thing to make...especially in the crock pot.

  10. Sally, the sausage soups all use turkey Italian Sausage, but of course you can substitute at will!

  11. Mmm... A woman of my own heart. I love soups. Especially in winter.
    I could eat ever one of those right now! (I have a pot of beef vegetable soup cooling as I type.)

    @SallyV- You can swap out pork for turkey sausage. It's a perfect substitute.

  12. It is getting so cold out I could use a bowl of any of your delicious hearty soups!

  13. Cilantro is also an anti-anxiety natural remedy. 100 and 200 mg/kg dose produced anti-anxiety effects almost similar to diazepam in some clinical studies.

  14. I've been trying to make double batches of all healthy soups and stews so that I have extras in the freezer for quick meals. Every single one of these recipes has me saying, "Oh, I have to make that."

  15. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been getting off track and feeling yucky. I can't wait to try these!

  16. CJ, we are soup soulmates!

    Thanks Jeanette!

    Herbcyclopedia, did not know that, thanks!

    Dara, thanks. I've been trying to freeze things too!

    laparisienne, so glad you are excited to try them.

  17. I love soups and happily eat them all year around. A great selection here Kalyn.

  18. Those all look like the perfect meal for a cozy night by a fire. Yum!

  19. Thanks Barbara and Amy, and happy soup making.

  20. I think the hubster and I just may have to do January on tour advice since I was MIA in December. This list of soups is right up our alley. Now, if I could just exercise every day...

  21. Kellypea would love to have you guys join in on the Phase One month in January! I am determined to exercise EVERY DAY. So far, so good!


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