Healthy Eating Made Easy: Stock Your Freezer with Soup (+ 50 Healthy Soup Recipes)


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A fabulous roundup of healthy soup recipes. Great ideas for dinner or lunch. Also, great tips and tricks on freezing soups.

Last Saturday around lunch time, my family was driving home from a birthday party. When I mentioned I wasn’t sure what we had at home to eat, my husband quickly suggested we swing by a fast food restaurant to grab something. I almost complied but then remembered that we had some of his favorite Mexican Soup in the freezer. When I told him that, he immediately dropped the fast food idea and began plotting about what toppings he was going to add to his soup.

Moral of the story: having a stash of healthy soups in the freezer can help you and your family eat healthier. In addition to curbing the craving for eating out, a great soup can make a healthy family-friendly dinner OR serve as a quick on-the-go lunch. I will say this, once you find a healthy recipe that your family loves, STOCK UP!

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Freezing Soup


freezerWait, what’s that you say? You haven’t ever ventured into the world of freezing soups? Do not fret, my friends. That’s OK. Take my hand and let me guide you. You’ll never go back to throwing away leftovers or letting them go bad in the fridge again.

Before you get cooking and stocking up on soups and freezer meals, I’d recommend investing in a quality deep freezer. Both Rachel and I use a Frigidaire Gallery® 2-in-1 Freezer/Refrigerator to allow space for stocking up on soups and other freezer meals. I can’t believe it took me so long to get a stand-alone freezer, but I will never go back to trying to cramming my freezer goods into the tiny compartment of a normal fridge/freezer combination. I love my freezer for a lot of reasons:

  • I love that the 2-in-1 freezer offers customizable ways to organize my shelving and door bins.
  • I love that it is kind to my electric bill by being ENERGY STAR® Qualified.
  • I also love knowing that there is an alarm that goes off if the temperature gets too low. I’ve heard horror stories from freezer cooking friends of the freezer accidentally getting unplugged and losing EVERYTHING.
  • Lastly, this freezer has the flexibility to change into a refrigerator. I mean, wow.

There are a lot more perks and assets this freezer has to offer. Learn more about the Frigidaire Gallery® 2-in-1 Freezer/Refrigerator here.

Now, on to stocking up on healthy soups so you can start the New Year right!

Here are a few tips on freezing soups:

  • Assemble the recipe and freeze it before cooking. Oftentimes when making a soup recipe, I will simply double the batch. I will cook one for our meal and then freeze the other batch. I find it easiest to use a plastic freezer bag for this method.  

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  • Cook the soup recipe as normal but freeze leftovers into serving size portions. This is my personal favorite method of stocking up on soup. Since I like to have soup for lunch, this method allows me to just warm up one or two portions in the microwave or on the stove without wasting the rest of the batch.
  • Let the soup cool completely before putting them in containers. By letting the soup cool, you’ll avoid the freezer meal’s worst enemy: freezer burn. It’s also important not to put hot soup into a plastic freezer bag or container, as the heat can leach chemicals from the plastic into your food. Let it cool on the counter no more than two hours and then place in the refrigerator after that, if needed.

Ready to eat? Here are a few different methods on warming up your soup:

  • Use a crock pot. I like this approach because it can be done way ahead of time. Add a cup of liquid to the soup (water or stock) and set your crock pot on warm or low and let the soup warm up for a few hours. You’ll get the added benefit of a house that smells like you’ve been cooking food all day.  Turkey Chili-4
  • Use a pot on the stove. Empty frozen contents into a pot, add a cup of liquid (water or stock) and cover. Cook on low and stir occasionally until contents are warmed up and ready to serve!
  • Microwave your soup. I use a mixed method of first defrosting the soup until it can be chopped apart and then microwaving it on high for 30-60 second increments until the contents are hot. It’s worth mentioning that this method can get messy. I often have problems with the soup getting too hot around the edges and making a mess on the walls of my microwave.

 

In light of my recent soup obsession, I have done some recipe hunting, partnered with other great bloggers, and generated a fabulous list of healthy soups. I have no doubt that you will be able to find some on this list that will become a regular recipe in your home. Happy Browsing!

50+ Healthy Soup Recipes

Ready to stock your freezer with soup?

Take the first step to having a great stash of ready made soups and meals by visiting Frigidaire.com to learn more about the freezers available.

Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans by Thriving Home

Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Steak Chili by Thriving Home

Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump-and-go meal, yet incredibly flavorful! Make ahead and freeze. #freezermeal #realfood #thrivinghome

Cancer Fighting Soup by Thriving Home

Cancer Fighting Soup

Three Bean Soup by Kitchen Stewardship

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20 Minute Freezable Pumpkin Chili by Thriving Home

20 Minute Freezable Pumpkin Chili

Hearty Skinny Cheeseburger Soup by Skinny Mom

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Hearty Vegetable Soup by Thriving Home

hearty vegetable soup recipe

Autumn Chowder by Thriving Home

Autumn Chowder Soup recipe. Comfort in a bowl. A great dinner idea for the entire family. Freezer friendly too! | Thriving Home #freezermeal

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup by Simple Nourished LivingCrock Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Crowd-Pleaser Mexican Soup by Thriving Home

mexican soup recipe great for large groups

Lightened Up Broccoli and Cheddar Soup by Skinny Mom

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 Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup by Thriving Home

garden vegetable lentil soup

Creamy Shrimp, Corn & Leek Soup by Skinny MomCreamy-Shrimp-Corn-and-Leek-Soup_RESIZED-10

Tomato Bisque by Thriving Home

Tomato Bisque Soup Recipe - Even better than Panera Bread's!

Ham and Bean Soup by Thriving Home

Ham and Bean Soup

Harvest Chicken Quinoa Soup by Iowa Girl Eats

Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup by Pinch of Yum Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. | pinchofyum.com

Italian Pasta Soup by Skinny Mom

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Vegetable Minestrone Soup by Thriving Home

Minestrone Soup

 Tortilla Soup by Thriving Home

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup is a meatless “one pot wonder” that takes about 10 minutes to make, feeds a crowd, and only gets better the longer it sits. Plus make ahead and freeze for later! #freezermeal #thrivingHome

 Creamy Turkey Soup by Nourishing Home

5 Creamy Turkey Soup Vertical

Creamy Pumpkin Soup by Nourishing Home

Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Bacon Bits

 Roasted Chicken Chili by Nourishing Home

Roasted Chicken Chili (grain-free)

Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup by Nourishing Home

 Homemade Mushroom Soup by Ilona’s Passion

Homemade Mushroom Soup perfect for any day. It can be made vegetarian too. By ilonaspassion.com

Smoked Salmon Chowder by Pinch of Yum

Smoked Salmon Chowder - potatoes and onions, butter and white wine, and that yummy smoked salmon. | pinchofyum.com #salmon #chowder

White Chicken Chili by Pinch of Yum White Chicken Chili

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup by Momcrieff

Easy Past Fagipoli. A wonderful flavorful and hearty soup.

Creamy Tomato-Balsamic Soup by Pinch of Yum

Creamy Tomato-Balsamic Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Iowa Girl Eats

 Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Smoky-Roasted Chickpeas and Bacon #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Roasted Poblano Sweet Corn and Potato Stoup by Iowa Girl Eats

Thicker than soup but thinner than stew, Roasted Poblano, Sweet Corn and Potato Stoup is warming and filling. You will go back for bowl after bowl! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

Tomato Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini by Iowa Girl Eats

T15 Minute Tomato Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini | Iowagirleats.com

Creamy Potato Kale Soup by Pinch of Yum

Creamy Potato Kale Soup - SO velvety! it's our new favorite soup to pair with grilled paninis. 220 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Crock Pot Chicken and Barley Vegetable Stew by Iowa Girl Eats

Crock Pot Chicken & Barley Vegetable Stew | iowagirleats.com

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by Iowa Girl Eats

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup via @Iowa Girl Eats

Asian Chicken and Veggie Soup by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

This Asian vegetable soup is lower calorie and packed full of good for you chicken and vegetables with just a touch of Asian flavor!

Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Made Lighter) by Simple Nourished LivingOlive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Made Lighter Weight Watchers Recipe

Slow Cooker Spicy Seafood Chowder by Simple Nourished Living

Slow Cooker Spicy Seafood Chowder

Cabbage Soup by Kitchen Stewardship

Under $3 to feed 10 people? Cabbage Soup with Secret Super Food - PACKED with nutrition!

Turmeric Chicken Soup by Kitchen Stewardship

Turmeric Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Coconut - capture the health benefits of turmeric with this simple, warming soup in less than 30 minutes.

Zuppa Di Farro (Italian Farro Soup) by Carries Experimental KitchenZuppa di Farro (Italian Farro Soup) - Carrie's Experimental Kitchen #soup

 Crock Pot Turkey Meatball Soup by Flour on My Face

#SundaySupper, Crock Pot Turkey Meatball soup, crock pot recipes, slow cooker recipes, crock pot soup recipes

Crock Pot Chicken Tomato Bean Soup by Flour on My FaceChicken, Tomato and Bean Soup, Fall Soup recipes, homemade soup, chicken soup

Sweet Root Vegetable Soup by Eats Amazing

Healthy Root Vegetable Soup Recipe - Delicious frugal and family friendly from Eats Amazing UK

Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup by Cupcake Diaries

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup by Mama Hates Cooking

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Chicken Gumbo Soup by Iowa Girl Eats

Beef and Root Vegetable Stew by Sweet CayenneBeef and Root Vegetable Stew www.sweetcayenne.com

Kale, Sausage and Cannellini Bean Soup by Sweet Cayenne

5 Ingredient Soup with Kale, Chicken Sausage, and Cannelini Beans from www.sweetcayenne.com

Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup by Sweet Cayenne

Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup - perfectly comforting! www.sweetcayenne.com

Tortilla Chicken Soup by Skinny Mom

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5 Ingredient Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Kale Pesto by Pinch of Yum

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup - this recipe is ULTRA creamy and SO EASY! all you need is cauliflower, onion, butter, broth, and cheese! Vegetarian. | pinchofyum.com


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Comments

  1. martha says

    What a wonderful collection of healthy soup recipes! I’m a huge fan of soup as a healthy choice for both lunch and dinner. Thanks for including my soup recipes on your list. I really appreciate it.

    • Rachel says

      You’re welcome! It looks absolutely delicious!