04 October 2013

friday favorites: soup season!

It's first week of October and while mentally my body is ready to pull out my sweaters from storage, Mother Nature is not yet quite on my side as here in Cleveland we've had temps in the high 70s and low 80s this week.

That being said, it is autumn and if there is one thing I love about this season it's making a big ol' pot of soup for dinner so today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite soup recipes!

Some of these are from blogs so you'll have access to the recipes but some are from cookbooks I own and would highly encourage  you to consider purchasing them because while I'm only posting soup recipes, each of these cookbooks also has plenty of other amazing recipes you'll want to try. I'm using Amazon Affiliate Links in this post, which means if you purchase the item through my Amazon Store I get a cut. Just so y'know, wanting to be a responsible blogger and all. (But, of course, this librarian is also going to point out you can easily checkout cookbooks through your library as well, as it's a great way to try cookbooks first before buying.)

Right. Soooooooo onto the soups!

Coconut Red Lentil Soup from 101 Cookbooks
My friend Alexa first introduced me to this recipe a little less than a year ago when I was visiting her back in December. Since then I think I've made it, like, half a dozen times. This is, hands down, my absolute favorite soup.  I would make it every week if I could although as the weather gets colder I may just settle for every month. 'Cause, y'know, once a week would be kind of crazy. It's super easy and freezes really well. And while it says red lentils, which can be hard to find, any ol' lentils work just as well. (I did find out that Trader Joe's sells red lentils so that was a nice discovery.) I know some friends who take the raisins out, I tried that but didn't like it quite as much. They add a nice sweetness to counter the curry and I always opt for light coconut milk.

Cuban Black Bean Soup from Happy Herbivore Abroad
Who doesn't love a good ol' black bean soup? Chock full of protein, this soup also has a bit of a kick thanks to cumin. I love my black bean soup topped with a bit of avocado because, well, hello, avocado basically makes everything better.

Turkey Chili Taco Soup by Skinnytaste
I have never not liked one of Gina's recipes. They are soooooo good and I love that she always includes the Weight Watchers points. While this is an older recipe of hers I only just discovered it a few weeks ago while searching her site and am so glad I did. One thing I really like about her recipes is how adaptable they are. This calls for ground turkey but I just substituted Boca meat crumbles. I also decided to double the amount and cut back on the liquid (I used vegetable broth) to make a really chunky, really good chili. It was so easy, too: cook the meat, dump in everything else, let it simmer, and voila!

Tortilla Soup from Appetite for Reduction
This is another soup recipe that gets made pretty often. In fact, I'm fairly certain I took this to a family soup supper a few years ago and everyone seemed to enjoy it and every time I take leftovers into work I always have someone comment on how tasty it smells. This is a recipe that definitely gets made frequently during the colder months and you can easily play with the heat level (for instance, I usually skip the jalapenos) to get it right where you want it.

What are some of your favorite soup recipes?

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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