June 30, 2023
Posted: March 26, 2022 3:54 am
The weather is finally beginning to warm up, and many people are eager to get outside again. One way to enjoy the outdoors more is by using the power of nature in your cooking with spring-themed dishes.
Spring is the perfect time for bright, fresh flavors. Many people enjoy cooking and serving light spring soups full of beautiful colors and are very healthy. Light soups are also a great way to serve more guests during the warm season. This article will look at some recipes for amazing soups that include seasonal ingredients.
This is a great recipe for serving at a spring luncheon or around the dinner table with friends. The ingredients include fresh spinach, cream cheese, artichokes, and more. The next time you head to the grocery store, keep this recipe in mind and pick up the necessary items on your list.
Sour cream – ¼ cup, low-fat or fat-free, *optional* *You can also use plain yogurt.* *If you want to include more veggies, please feel free to add your vegetables. For example, you could add yellow squash or zucchini. Please remember that you should use the same amount as the other vegetables listed.
*Spinach – 2 cups, fresh spinach
Artichoke hearts – 6 pieces, canned, sliced into quarters *If you choose to use a different artichoke heart, please make sure you know the preparation, which usually consists of boiling water for thirty minutes. This can be done ahead of time and saved for later. Therefore, to prepare the artichoke hearts, you will only need to slice them into quarters*
**Optional** Freshly grated Parmesan cheese – for garnish
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add spinach and cook until wilted—Transfer spinach mixture to a blender or food processor and puree.
Add cream cheese, artichokes, garlic, salt, and puree until smooth.
Over medium-low heat, add vegetable broth and chopped celery in a medium pot.
Add vegetable puree and heat until heated through.
Pour into a large bowl, garnish with Parmesan cheese and serve.
This light yet flavorful soup will give you the refreshing taste of summer in late spring or early summer months. This recipe is also very healthy because it includes only fresh ingredients such as yogurt, cucumbers, and dill.
Yogurt Dill Sauce Ingredients: Yogurt – 1 cup *You can use fat-free yogurt, plain or lemon-flavored.* *If you are a vegan, then you can substitute the yogurt for “Tofutti Sour Supreme.” This product is available in most grocery stores. It tastes very similar to regular yogurt. Please be aware that the Tofutti sour product is not fat-free.* *For lactose-intolerant people, you can use the substitute of ¾ cup fat-free plain yogurt* Dill – 2 tablespoons ¼ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground (optional) Cucumber – 1
In a large bowl, add all the sauce ingredients and whisk well. Place Cucumber in a blender with ¼ cup water and puree until smooth. Pour this mixture into a large bowl and whisk in yogurt and black pepper (if desired). Place cucumber puree in refrigerate for at least 1 hour. To serve, crack an egg on top of the cucumber soup for an instant egg sandwich!
This recipe includes herbs, lemon juice, spinach, and light cream cheese. It is perfect for spring or summer dinner parties or luncheons.
Herbs are finely chopped mild ones such as chives or dill, but some of your favorite herbs will work. (garnish) *You can also use fresh scallions. (garnish)
Add spinach, cream cheese, and lemon juice to a medium pot. Over medium heat, melt the cream cheese until it starts to bubble. Add in the spinach and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Stirring evenly with a wooden spoon will help your dish not burn. Remove pan from heat and remove lid leaving just an inch of headspace. Pour into a serving bowl or individual bowls (there will be some liquid left in the pan). Garnish with herbs.
This soup has different flavors and is perfect for summer. This recipe is also very easy to make as it doesn’t require much time and uses pre-made ingredients. It is also a very healthy recipe made with fresh ingredients.
In a large pot (large enough to fit all of the ingredients), add parsley and water and bring to a boil. Add the vegetable bouillon cube, hot water, and cornstarch mixture for the veggie broth. When the mixture is boiling, add the veggie broth mixture and reduce heat to low. When the soup is just beginning to bubble, add lemon juice. Add vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes.
The beef and vegetable stew is a delicious soup with a big flavor that you will love. This recipe is also very healthy as it has only fresh ingredients such as carrots, onions, potatoes, celery, and garlic. You can make the soup meatless by leaving out the meat or adding some cooked chicken breast pieces to the soup if you’d like. This stew would also be great for people who don’t eat beef.
In a large pot (large enough to fit all ingredients), add water and one tablespoon of oil. Bring to a boil. After it comes to a boil, lower the heat and keep it at a simmer for 20 minutes. For adding vegetables, first, you will want to add the onions. After adding the onions, add the potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender but still firm. Then add the celery, carrots, and garlic and cook for 10 minutes. Add the celery stems and cook for another 5 minutes. Next, add the carrot greens (if you are using them) and cook for another 5 minutes or until the greens are cooked. For vegans who don’t eat animal products, substitute vegetable bouillon cubes for the beef stock in this recipe to make it vegan.
Whether you are a vegetarian or not, these soup recipes will please your taste buds. These soups are great for warming up on a cold winter’s day, and they have the added benefit of being healthy. They also make great snacks for lunch or dinner if that is what you prefer.
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