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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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