Hearty Soups and Stews

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Patty Delmonico-Schardt

Brrr… The cold weather is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I’m craving comfort foods. Salads and yogurt for lunch in the cold weather just don’t seem to satisfy like a steaming bowl of soup or stew! Besides their soothing warmth, they’re a great low-cost option to get a wallop of good vitamins and minerals without expanding our waistlines. A meal of soup or stew is filling and can be quick and easy to make!

WHY SOUP “IS A GOOD FOOD”

  • Some studies have shown that consuming a low-calorie vegetable soup just prior to a meal can help you eat less overall.
  • Adding vegetables to your soup increases fiber along with vitamins B, C and K and a range of minerals.
  • Including chicken, stew meat, lean sausage, ground turkey, beans or quinoa will add satisfying protein.
  • Adding sweet potatoes or whole grain varieties of rice or pasta can create a more filling and nutrient-based soup.

WHICH IS BEST? HOMEMADE VS CANNED / PACKAGED?
Homemade soups and stews are our best option because canned/packaged soups or stews are usually high in sodium. Making your own soup allows you to control the salt content and eliminate altogether the need for preservatives. If you like loads of flavor and want to avoid salt, try using a spice from the McCormick® Salt Free line.

Want to put that left over pot-roast to work or salvage the vegetables at the bottom of the crisper? Try to make a homemade soup or stew once a week during the winter doldrums. You can use the stovetop or let it simmer in the crock pot. Freeze individual sized portions and then you’ll have a “ready to go” meal on a cold winter night when you don’t have time to cook! Check out: http://www.hannaford.com/recipe_category/Recipes/Soups-and-Stews/pc/22280/29049.uts for some easy and tasty recipes to try.

 

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