6 Soup Recipes for After Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday shopping can be exhausting, especially if you’re part of the door-busting midnight crowd. So why not prepare for a delicious yet effortless meal after you’ve grabbed all the great deals the day after Thanksgiving? This year, start a new holiday tradition with one of these healthy soup recipes that will have everyone calling for seconds. Line up all of the ingredients Thanksgiving night, then combine them in the crock pot right before you rush out the door on Black Friday. Return to a fragrant and filling bowl of soup to refresh your retail-frenzied nerves, a perfect ending to the holiday festivities that’s more healthful than anything in the food court.

Tortellini Soup

This Italian dish is not only delicious, it’s easily adaptable to fit your needs. It calls for dried beans, but canned ones will do in a pinch, and added meat like Italian sausage or extra vegetables will increase the protein and nutrient content, depending on what kind of flavor you want. If you’ve got leftover turkey, feel free to use that instead of other meat proteins.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Perfect to ring in the holidays, this fall soup is light tasting yet satisfying enough to silence a growling stomach. Sweet squash and apple flavors combine with savory thyme for an unexpected medley. Vegetarians and vegans can easily adapt the recipe by swapping out the chicken broth and milk with alternatives like soy milk and vegetable broth.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Our editor dares to call this the best soup you’ll ever eat. It’s not effortless, but it’s certainly worth every ounce of the time committed. Roma tomatoes and whole garlic cloves roast in the oven while a vegetarian broth simmers with onions, crushed red pepper, and thyme. Then, everything is combined in the blender and slow-cooked for hours before enjoying with a grilled cheese sandwich!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Any of the sweet potatoes you may have missed on Thanksgiving will be put to use in this wholesome vegetarian chili. With simple, on-hand ingredients, this dish practically makes itself. It can be ready in less than half an hour, or you can let it cook on the lowest crock pot setting and enjoy when you return from the mall madness.

Hunky Veggie Soup

A hearty vegetable soup is perfect to return home to after catching all the great doorbuster deals at 4 in the morning. This filling stew will feel like an indulgence, but it is actually very nutritious.The recipe calls for adding the vegetables at different points, but cooking in a slow cooker means you can put them all in at once. Be sure to place the root vegetables nearer the bottom of the pot and reduce the water to only enough to cover the veggies.

Vegan Vichyssoise

This recipe is comforting, yet light enough to combat the excesses of the Thanksgiving meal if you’ve overindulged the day before. Leeks, potatoes, and a fragrant blend of seasonings combine for a scrumptious main dish, traditionally eaten cold but just as delicious served hot, especially with a steaming slice of crusty French bread.

By Sarah Shultz for DietsInReview.com

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Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

The Tortellini Soup, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, and Hunky Veggie Soup look really good.

The instructions on the Tomato Basil Soup are way over complicated. This is what I would do different. Place all ingredients into crock pot, let cook on low until all flavors are combined well(4-6 hours), use and immersion blender(if you don't have one, get one(they are fairly cheap) if you make cream anything soup-it is a major, major time and labor saver) and blend it all in the crock. Serve with a nice grilled cheese on good bread. Walla.

Neil B.
Neil B.2 years ago

I might have to give the roasted tomato soup a try. I love tomatoes and they are considered a super fruit - high in vitamins A, C and E, flavonoids (anti-inflammatories) and antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene (and other carotenoids).


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Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Hot, healthy soups, thanks.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon3 years ago

Thanks for the recipes.

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

I never go out on Black Friday or the weekend of, but these recipes sound good for any time. Thank you!

Beth Cook
Beth Cook3 years ago

The tomato basil soup looks amazing!

Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo3 years ago

Gelicious recipes... for many days, not only this silly Black Friday.