12 Vegan Warming Soups Recipes For Winter

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Soup is the ultimate comfort food. It’s easy to make, filling and full of nutrition thanks to the fact that it’s often made with  nutrient-dense vegetables, legumes, and other fiber-filled ingredients that combine to deliver appealing textures and great flavours. In addition, soup consumption is linked with lower obesity risk, and eating soup before a meal can help control body weight.

 Yep, that’s right: a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that soup eaters tend to weigh less and have smaller waists than those who don’t eat soup: their findings were based on reports of more than 20,000 Americans surveyed by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys between 2003 and 2008. They also found that soup eaters also had better overall eating habits that included more protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and fewer calories and fat (we assume all the fatty, creamy soups like French Onion were not favourites of these skinny subjects!)
Soup makes you feel full due to its high water content, and studies have shown that eating soup as an appetizer can decrease calorie intake at a meal by about 20%: quite simply, starting with soup means you’ll feel fuller faster, and be less inclined to pick at the bread basket.

Vegan soup recipes are especially excellent for health and weight loss. They contain very little in the way of saturated fats, but are high in proteins, fibre, micronutrients and vitamins. To add even more benefits to your bowl, garnish with detoxing coriander, omega-rich roasted pumpkin seeds, iodine rich seaweed sprinkles or sea salt, calcium rich sesame seeds or a dash of metabolism-kicking hot sauce.

Here are 12 delicious, comforting vegan soups that are perfect for wintertime:

1. Tomato and Bread Bowl “Soupetizers”

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They’re appetizers and they’re soup, and they’re called “soupetizers.” Come on—that’s adorable!

2. 10-Spice Vegetable Soup

It’s full of flavorful garlic, basil, thyme, and paprika, so what’s not to love about this soup? This recipe is perfect for a crowd or great for one if you want to enjoy leftovers for a few days.

3. Beyond Meat Chicken Noodle Soup

Beyond Meat’s protein-packed, plant-based chicken is the star of this cozy soup recipe that also includes sage, celery, and carrots.

4. Kale and Black-Eyed Pea Soup

This recipe, from Superfood Cuisine: Cooking With Nature’s Most Amazing Foods, uses delicious seaweed flakes and chipotle powder for a unique flavorful twist.

5. Tortilla Soup

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Any soup with avocados is enticing, and with jalapeño peppers and fresh lime, too, this is the perfect one to spice up your winter.

6. Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

With a thick coconut milk base, red lentils, and curry powder, this soup will help you beat the wintertime blues.

7. Easy Vegan Ramen

Noodle soup is found in cultures around the world, because it’s the perfect affordable and delicious meal. This vegetable-powered ramen recipe with shiitake mushrooms, chopped green onions, and baby bok choy is simply divine.

8. Vegan Clam Chowder

Ideally served in individual bread bowls, this vegan chowder with king oyster mushrooms and truffle oil is a festive choice for a dinner party potluck. Just be sure to pack the soup and bread bowls separately and combine them when you’re ready to serve.

9. Maple-Chipotle Sweet-Potato Bisque

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Fall and winter flavors like maple and sweet potato infuse this nourishing soup. You’ll almost certainly be back for seconds!

10. Classic Vegan Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Once again, noodle soup for the win! Featuring star anise, this recipe nails the unique flavor of pho broth.

11. Mexican Albóndigas (Meatball) Soup

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These vegan meatballs are scrumptious and fun to make, and in a vegetable broth with potatoes and avocado, they’re simply delightful.

12. Curried Split Pea Soup with Cauliflower

 

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