The Incredible Health Benefits of Soup
Discover the amazing health benefits of soup with an easy slow cooker recipe that’s sure to please the whole family!
Soup is a delicious fall and winter comfort food. The comfort, convenience and health benefits of soup have made it a popular food in many cultures. From a gourmet meal starter to a midday thermos, soups are a great way to get more veggies into your home! Laura Ashley Johnson, registered dietitian and recipe developer, has a delicious recipe for a healthy and delicious Slow Cooker Fall Soup that’s packed with nutrients and a convenient dinner option for busy families.
With a cold winter already here, sipping on a steaming hot soup can keep you and your family warm and toasty! Not only does the soup ease the bite of a freezing winter day, but it’s also an easy way to get dinner on the table in a snap, especially when you’re making it in the slow cooker!
The soup helps get more vegetables into your family’s diet. Laura Ashley’s soup is full of vegetables that are blended together to make a creamy and delicious bowl of goodness. She uses Pure Flavor® Aurora Bites Mini Peppers which are packed with essential vitamins like C, A and B6.
Soups are inexpensive and easy to prepare. This soup does not take much time to prepare. With a little planning and prep the night before, you can simmer it all day while you work, then toss everything together just before serving it for dinner that night.
The soup freezes well. When you find a recipe the whole family loves, why not make a double batch and freeze it? This will save you even more time in the future. Or you can use it for meal prep during the week for a quick lunch.
Soup keeps you hydrated. When it’s cold outside, it’s not uncommon to drink less water than you need in a day. Soups are mostly liquid, so they’re a great way to track your hydration.
The soup strengthens your immune system. Who doesn’t crave soup when they’re sick? This warm, comforting liquid can soothe a sore throat and help fight chills from the inside. A good bowl of hot soup can also help prevent disease. Laura Ashley’s soup is loaded with disease-fighting nutrients, and you can play around with the flavors, like adding ginger or turmeric for even more immune-boosting properties.
To make a slow cooker fall soup, you start by coating Aurora Bites mini peppers in oil and roasting them at 450°F for 20 minutes. Then, remove the stems and seeds after they have cooled. Roasting the peppers releases a sweet, smoky flavor that will enhance the taste of the soup.
Then, in a large slow cooker (at least 6 quarts), add the broth, peppers, onions, squash, apple, sage, and seasonings. Put the lid on and cook over low heat for 6 to 8 hours, or until the squash and apples are tender. Go shopping, go to work or just take a nap and let the slow cooker do all the work for you.
Once the squash and apples are soft, puree the soup with coconut milk in a blender. Return soup to slow cooker and adjust seasonings if desired.
To serve, Laura Ashley suggests garnishing with pumpkin seeds, fresh sage, coconut cream, pomegranate arils, chopped apples, cinnamon and/or cranberry relish. Each of these toppings have their own health benefits in addition to what’s in the soup, and they make for a fun way for kids to customize and decorate their own bowl.
For Laura Ashley’s full Slow Cooker Fall Soup recipe, click here.
This article is brought to you by Pure Flavor® and Laura Ashley Johnson