Slow cookers excel at making seriously great soups. The slow simmer of a slow cooker ensures soups are as full-flavored as they possibly can be. Even better, though, is that slow cooker soups are hands-off. Go about your business and you’ll be rewarded with a healthy, hearty pot of goodness whenever you’re ready for dinner.
When the weather dips, I find myself immediately adding soup to our weekly meal plan. Until spring hits, a big simmering pot makes a recurring appearance and I never complain. What’s not to like about a warming meal meal that makes it easy to load up on good things like vegetables, beans, and whole grains this time of year.
Lentils are the littlest member of the legume family. Even if they’re small, they’re mighty, rocking many health benefits. Just 1 cup contains 18 grams protein, 15 grams fiber, and an array of minerals, particularly iron and folate.
There are roughly a zillion healthy cookbooks hitting the market every day, and it’s part of our job at Clean Plates to sift through them and bring you some of the best.
The last—and we mean last—thing you need after tackling your to-do list and making dinner on a typical weekday is a sink full of dishes. We’re right there with you. So we gathered up some favorite easy vegetarian dinners you can make in one vessel, be it baking sheet, skillet, pot, what have you, so you can eat, clean up and get busy relaxing for the rest of the night.
So, when’s the last time you cleaned out your freezer? We mean, really cleaned it out. Was “Uptown Funk” at the top of the charts? Yeah, us too.
Stash the can opener and back away from the MSG-laced soups of the past.
Homemade soup is one of our favorite foods any time of year. It may not be top of mind during the sweltering summer months—unless it’s a refreshing chilled soup, of course.
Here’s an excellent example of how quick and easy it is to make a warming homemade soup. This cauliflower soup is lusciously creamy even though it’s dairy- free- and it’s finished with a drizzle of always-welcome roasted garlic oil. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($17; Running Press) by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough.
A wonderful way to enjoy summer corn, this is a relatively traditional chowder recipe with one key difference- it uses vitamin-packed sweet potatoes instead of starchy white potatoes. The change is so barely noticeable that I’m hoping it inspires you to make healthy switches in other dishes. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($17; Running Press) by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough.
Rather than go on a juice cleanse, keep your body nourished with a soup cleanse
We love organic, cold-pressed juice as much as anyone. But juice cleanses? Hmm…
Head to the Greenmarket for one of our favorite veggies this season
Make a cool cucumber soup this summer…
This curried carrot and sweet potato soup is healthy and hearty
Clean Plates is delighted to offer our readers a scrumptious series of healthful, delicious and nutritious side dishes for Thanksgiving, ideal for contributing to the holiday table or combining for a luscious, plant-based meal.