Use These Paleo Soup Recipes for Your 2019 Health Goals
‘Tis the season for warm and tasty soup! Nothing satisfies and warms you to your core quite the same way as a nourishing bowl of soup, right? It’s the ultimate comfort food, and the best part? The leftovers are even better the next day once all the flavors have marinated together overnight. Nothing’s better than leftovers in the busiest times of year to save you the hassle of cooking while still providing you something healthy and delicious to eat.
Whether you’re a chicken noodle soup type or lean more toward the vegan and vegetarian varieties, we have found some of our favorite paleo recipes that will leave you feeling full and cozy this winter. What better way to start the new year than with a round up of delicious paleo soup recipes from all over the web to warm you up in the cold weather season?
We’ve chosen our favorites from across the web and provided a few helpful ingredient and cooking method categories to help you accomplish your meal planning goals and your health goals all at the same time.
Vegetarian and Vegan Paleo Soups
Because the paleo diet focuses on sustainable and wild meats and fish, it’s easy to assume that you have to eat meat to follow a paleo diet. On the contrary, a hallmark of the paleo diet is to focus on whole foods, especially those plant-based foods that are grain-free, gluten-free, and legume-free.
Paleo can be pretty meat-centric, but it doesn’t have to be. Other restrictions include regular potatoes (sweet potatoes and yams are OK), dairy (except ghee and raw, although that’s debated), and processed sugars (including artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose).
Going paleo vegan (or “pegan,” as Dr. Mark Hyman calls it) is actually a totally doable option, and you have quite a few delicious choices. In fact, most foods that fit into the “pegan” category are also allowable on the Whole30 diet, so if you’re starting your new year off with some Whole30 goals, this list is tailor-made for you.
For more information on Whole30, check out their website. You’ll find all of the specific restrictions and discover whether or not it’s the right plan for you.
If you come across a paleo recipe that calls for beef or chicken broth, simply swap it for a vegetable broth to keep it vegan. Just make sure you’re using one with good, organic ingredients. If you find that a recipe calls for the veggies to be browned in butter or ghee before the liquid is added, simply swap it for avocado oil or coconut oil. (Unfortunately those vegan spreads that resemble butter often have processed oils that aren’t as healthy as avocado and coconut oils.)
Swapping out heavy cream for a good, organic coconut milk is also relatively simple. Nearly anything you can do with dairy, you can do with coconut milk, especially in the context of a soup. Not only is coconut milk a great substitute for heavy cream or milk, it’s also the perfect base for Asian-inspired cooking. The first soup on our list is a great example of how well coconut milk works in a delicious, creamy Thai soup.
Here are some scrumptious traditional stove top recipes for you (although surely some of these will work well with the other cooking methods we’ll share):
- Thai Coconut Soup by Cotter Crunch
- Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup by The Movement Menu
- Creamy Gingery Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup by Healthy Nibbles
- Cream of Mushroom Soup by Against All Grain
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Evolving Table
- Hearty Vegetable Soup by PaleoGrubs
- Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup by The Roasted Root
- Super Creamy Vegan Cauliflower and Kale Soup by Nora Cooks
Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot) and Instant Pot Recipes
The paleo food movement and the slow food movement might overlap as far as clean eating and quality ingredients go, but cooking paleo doesn’t have to mean spending your whole day in the kitchen. Instead, you can opt for a method that doesn’t require an open flame – or your constant attention throughout the process.
Two of the most helpful kitchen gadgets you can ever own (especially if you’re cooking paleo-friendly for the whole family) are an Instant Pot (also known as an electric pressure cooker) or a slow cooker (also known as a Crock-Pot).
The first gadget (the Instant Pot) speeds up cooking processes that would otherwise take many hours. For example, this Instant Pot chicken bone broth recipe has a cook time of only two hours, and as you know if you’re a regular K&F reader, the best, most collagen-rich bone broths can take as many as 24 hours to achieve the same effect. The Instant Pot seems pretty magical right? Imagine how many amazing soup recipes you can make in a snap with this amazing gadget!
In the case of a slow cooker, the cook time might still be on the longer side, but you can work that to your advantage, due to its set-it-and-forget-it nature. You do your prep the night before or the morning you’re ready to cook, get everything ready and into your pot, plug it in, set it for six to eight hours, either on high or low, depending on your recipe, and you’ll come home to a warm meal that’s ready to serve! After a long day’s work, what’s more rewarding that dinner that’s been cooking itself all day?
The minimal oversight aspect of both of the Instant Pot and the slow cooker means less time in the kitchen for you and more time doing what you love. We chose recipes that are all meant to be cooked in one or the other of these two modern miracles, but some of them will give you the option to use either one, slightly modifying the instructions to accommodate the right gadget.
- Instant Pot Sweet Potato Kale Soup by Simply Happy Foodie
- Crockpot Minestrone by Our Paleo Life (Instant Pot option included too!)
- Instant Pot Chicken Pho by Nom Nom Paleo
- Easy Whole30 Taco Soup by The Movement Menu (Instant Pot, slow cooker, and stove top options are all listed in this one)
- Instant Pot Curried Cauliflower Soup by Tasty Thin
Too Busy to Cook?
Not all pre-made soups are created equal. The stuff you find in the can in the center aisle of the grocery store might be chock-full of excessive sodium and preservatives, but you’ll be happy to know that healthy, delicious, high-quality packaged soups do exist. And there’s no rule saying that you can’t start with a healthy pre-made soup and add more ingredients in to fill it out into a full meal all its own.
Kettle and Fire offers a variety of soups and soup bases to help you create your own amazing recipes. Try the chicken bone broth or chicken and mushroom bone broth as a base for your own paleo chicken soup recipe. If you’re looking for an Asian flare, consider the miso soup and add in your own scallions, seaweed, and tofu cubes (although the tofu isn’t technically paleo). Our butternut squash flavor is also a surefire crowd pleaser, especially for the little ones.
Soup season is our favorite season! From fall to spring, there are enough varieties of scrumptious paleo soup recipes and pre-made real food options to keep you and your family entertained and satisfied. Soup is easy to make, easy to freeze, and easy to double for ready-made meals all week.
When you’re feeling the time crunch and need a pre-made option, go for the awesome array of Kettle and Fire soups so that you can be sure you’re giving yourself and your family the best quality around. Start the year off with a plan to prepare some delicious paleo soups for you and your family, and you’ll be on the right track for a healthy and tasty year.
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