Celebrate National Soup Month with Us!February 01, 2020
January was National Soup Month, and we’ve loved celebrating! The winter is the absolute perfect season for enjoying healing and nutritious warm soups. In this wintry and cozy edition of the True Blue blog, let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of cooking, along with a few of our favorite winter soup recipes!
Benefits of Cooking for Seniors
Cooking is a beautifully soothing activity. Because it engages so many different senses, it can be a great practice in mindfulness. The delicious aromas of cooking can trigger happy memories, which can be especially healing for seniors facing dementia or memory loss.
For more insights on the healing benefits of cooking for seniors with dementia, be sure to check out our earlier blog. Now, let’s go to the kitchen!
We’ve taken a look at a few of our favorite recipes, and wanted to share three of our favorite soup recipes!
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
This soup is the most decadent of the three soups we’re highlighting! Creamy and rich, indulge in delicious comfort food. We absolutely love this recipe from The Chunky Chef. All you need on hand is:
- 3 lbs red potatoes
- chicken stock (enough to cover potatoes)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4 cups half-and-half
- 4 cups milk
- 16 oz Velveeta cheese melted
- 3 cans Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup
- 2 tsp Black pepper more or less, to taste
- 2 tsp Garlic powder more or less, to taste
- 1 1/2 - 2 tsp hot sauce
- 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- Fresh chives chopped
Healthy Mushroom Soup
The Loaded Baked Potato soup is delicious, but it’s certainly very rich. If you’re looking for a lower calorie option, we’ve got you covered. This creamy mushroom soup is low in fat, yet full of delicious flavor. We were inspired by this recipe from the Skinny Taste. If you’re not a mushroom fan, be sure to check out their Carrot Ginger soup; another fabulous alternative that’s packed with nutrients and delicious flavor!
The ingredients are simple, and the payoff is absolutely amazing:
- 3 tbsp flour
- 4 cups water
- 4 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken, or 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 5 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 8 oz baby bella (type of mushroom!), sliced
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 tbsp light butter, optional
Creamy Broccoli Soup (Dairy Free!)
Are you laying off of dairy? Wonderful! We love this creamy vegan broccoli soup from I Love Vegan. It’s chockfull of nutrients, healthy greens, and cruciferous vegetables (photo credit: I Love Vegan). The ingredients are:
- 1/4 cup vegan butter or olive oil
- 5 cups broccoli, chopped (approx. 2 heads)
- 2/3 cup chopped carrots (approx. 2 carrots)
- 2/3 cup chopped celery (approx. 2 ribs)
- 2/3 cups chopped onion, (approx. 1 onion)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 tbsp flour
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups original or unsweetened non-dairy milk (I recommend original cashew)
- 3/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (or sub with more non-dairy milk)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes (or sub with vegan cheese shreds)
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
BROWNED BROCCOLI “CROUTONS”
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt, to taste
For the full directions, hop on over to I Love Vegan’s website; and enjoy!
See You In the Kitchen!
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