As the seasons change, so do our food cravings. We know that summertime provides a great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables here in Maine, but that isn’t always the case in the long winter season.
We like to call winter “soup season,” as we crave warm, comforting meals – like soup – to stave off colder temperatures.
Keep reading for some great soup recipes that are nutrient-dense (lots of nutrition in fewer calories), budget-friendly, and perfect for warming up these chilly days!
If you’re craving something creamy…
Try this Cheesy Potato Soup recipe! This recipe makes enough to feed six people, so share with your family, friends, or freeze some for a night you don’t feel like cooking!
Recipe: https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/recipes/cheesy- potato-soup/
If you’re craving something a little spicy…
This Black Bean Mexican Soup has a little kick and is simple to make! Using canned beans makes it quick and easy, and canned tomatoes are a great way to save money when fresh tomatoes are not in season.
If you’re craving a unique twist on a classic…
Try this Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe! It has a great blend of spicy and sweet. Make this soup in just a few easy steps.
Recipe: https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/recipes/curried- pumpkin-soup/
If you’re craving “chowdah”…
Five ingredients and five minutes is all you need to create this delicious Skillet Corn Chowder! Using 1% milk in the recipe helps cut down on the fat content, which is often the downfall of other pre-made chowders.
Recipe: https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/recipes/skillet- corn-chowder/
If you’re looking for something new to try…
This West African Peanut Soup recipe is delicious! Between the peanut butter and chicken, the soup is packed with protein.
Recipe: https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/recipes/west-african-peanut- soup/
For more delicious soup recipes
There are many great soup options to choose from on our website! Click here to see all of the soup recipes on the Maine SNAP-Ed website.
Customize to your tastes
Don’t like an ingredient in one of the recipes? Try swapping that ingredient with something you know that your family likes.
Also, try adding different vegetables or beans to soups for a healthy boost.
Happy “Soup Season,” everyone!