Even though sweets and desserts tend to consume our kitchens (and our Instagrams,<—guilty) during the holiday season, there is something to be said about those savory comfort foods of the season. Flavorful casseroles, rich, steamy soups, tender roasted vegetables, decadent dips— that’s really where my heart is on Christmas.
When I was in college, I can remember driving home for the holidays, dreaming not of cookies, but of big pots of baked potato soup, warm homemade rosemary bread, and flaky biscuits atop pot pies that would be awaiting me when I walked in the door. Those were the dishes that felt like the holidays to me, so comforting and familiar (especially when I’d been eating nothing but dorm food for 4 months).
So in the spirit of comfort food, the bloggers from The Causal Veggie e-Cookbook and I are sharing with you a round-up of Winter Soups & Stews! Soups and stews are absolutely perfect for the holiday season, not just because of the chilly weather, but also because they’re typically made in one pot and can be left to simmer for hours (without any work on your part). Whenever I have company over the holidays, you bet I’m simmering at least one pot of soup on the stove to dish out whenever someone’s hungry or arrived from their travels.
On another note… soups are also a great way to stay healthy during the holidays. They’re easily packed with a variety of vegetables, beans, whole grains, and spices— all of which pack a lot of fiber and nutritional benefits— and tend to fill you up due to the amount of liquid involved. It’s a great way to balance out those decadent, heavy meals that we eat a lot of over the holidays. Here are a few of my other favorite healthy soups from the blog:
For today’s post, I put together a seriously simple, yet seriously comforting pot of soup: Cauliflower Leek Soup with Crispy Brussels Sprouts. This soup is packed with those delicious winter veggies, including potatoes, leeks, garlic, and of course, cauliflower.
After it simmers for about 20 minutes, it just needs to be pureed with a immersion blender or in your food processor / high speed blender and then served! Oh, but not before topping it with a few delicate pieces of crispy brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower. It’s that easy!
This soup tastes SO creamy, you would think there’s a half of stick of butter in there (which we all know there is NOT). It has this wonderful rich and rustic flavor that can only be attributed to that oh-so-versatile cauliflower. The added crunch of the crispy brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower florets is the perfect finishing touch on a lovely holiday meal. You could even add a drizzle of good olive oil for another punch of richness… just sayin’ 😉
For more winter soups and stews, check out these recipes from my fellow contributors to
Butternut Squash Soup // The Delicious Balance
Chili Out // A Southern Grace
Sunchoke Soup with Bacon // Where is My Spoon
Polish Mushroom Soup with Barley // Craving Something Healthy
Lime Coconut Fish Soup with Acorn Squash // Family for Healthy
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup // Key Ingredients
Root Vegetable Stew // Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen