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Six soups for six more weeks of winter

soups Although I do not love winter, I love soups, and with six more weeks of cold weather predicted (darn that oversized rodent!) I thought I'd share some of my favorites. These are all chock-full of vegetables and nutrients and are hearty enough for a meal (or two). (Want to share your own homemade soup recipe? Please post below in comments!)

#1 Black Bean and Shiitake Soup. Rich, earthy flavors make this quick-cooking soup a welcome treat after a day outdoors.

#2 Autumn Harvest Minestrone. This hearty recipe incorporates root vegetables, but you can also make it in the spring or summer with asparagus, green beans, fresh peas, and tomatoes.

#3 Lentil-Vegetable Stew. Banish the cold weather with this versatile stew, packed with heart-healthy fiber, vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, iron, and B vitamins.

#4 Gluten-free Red Lentil Soup. Not just for gluten-free folks, this one-pot meal provides both nourishing protein from lentils and antioxidants from superfood spinach.

#5 Toasted Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cheese and Pasilla Chilies. Top with avocado, cilantro, or fresh salsa for an extra flavor (and nutrient) boost!

#6 Wheat Berry and Wild Mushroom Soup. Significant fiber and plenty of antioxidants make whole grains like wheat berries (barley, bulgur), as well as beans, lentils, and split peas, key players in the arsenal of heart-healthy foods.

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