4 Soups To Warm Your Soul, Body, and Pocket


4 Soups To Warm Your Soul, Body, and Pocket

One of my all-time favorite chefs are life-partners David and Luise, creators of healthy vegetarian recipes and Green Kitchen Stories. They have numerous curated books filled with gorgeous photographs of food and travel, and of course recipes.



(Photo from GreenKitchenStories.com)

I am a huge soup fan, particularly during the cold fall and winter months. I am also a huge fan of budgeting, meal planning, and eating healthfully and consciously. So, I am creating a shopping list for you to make these four delicious soups. I hope to show you how eating healthy, organic, and local foods can be done in a cost effective way!

Below are some simple recipes, which are directly linked to the Green Kitchen Stories Website.

  1. Carrot, Tomato & Coconut Soup
  2. Warm Almond, Garlic & Parsnip Soup
  3. Spinach & Kale Soup
  4. Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup



(Photo from GreenKitchenStories.com)




  • 3 large parsnips
  • 3 bulbs of garlic
  • 3 yellow onions
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 limes
  • 14 medium carrots
  • 2 bags frozen spinach/500g fresh
  • 1 bag frozen kale/300g fresh
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • Fresh parsley

Dried goods:

  • Blanched almond meal (1 cup)
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils
  • 2 cartons vegetable stock
  • 1 14oz can plum tomatoes
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk

Here is a list of items you probably have in your pantry, however, if you do not have them, you will need them for these recipes

Staple Items:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Tahini
  • Cider vinegar
  • Thyme
  • Sea salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Nutmeg
  • Black pepper
  • Turmeric


And here is the rough amount I spent on all of these items (except the staple items, since I have them well stocked in my pantry).

Farmers Market: $26

Co-op: $35 (this included some staple items I was out of i.e. Almond Flour, Olive Oil, etc)




Over the course of a week, I made all of these soups. They were SO good. I also had plenty left over to freeze for another meal. Soups are such a healthy and cost-effective meal option. They are often a one-pot meal (crock-pot!), and relatively easy to prepare. If you and your family generally eat more meat throughout the week, you could easy add some locally sources organic meats to these soups or on the side. Perhaps the money you save making soup more often can be redistributed to high quality meat! I feel like a bit of a preacher here, but I feel strongly about knowing your meat source. Check out the book Pig Tales, it’s a great read by a Vermonter! You can also use this resource to connect with your local produce and meat farmers!



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