‘Tis the season for warm and cozy food, like soups, stews and chili! I love this time of year when the temperatures drop (just a bit or a lot depending on where you live) and meal times feel like they should be less fussy and more about comfort food.
Nothing screams comfort food like a pot of something healthy and delicious simmering on the stove.
With January just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to the fresh start of a new year and a strong desire to work on personal eating habits and a focus on getting more healthy fruits and veggies into our family’s diets.
As much as I try to keep that focus all year long, the holidays sometimes throw things off – and understandably so! This is the perfect time to regroup and really introduce more veggies into our family’s meals, particularly with soups, stews and chilis.
It’s so easy to add a few extra finely chopped, spiralized or even shredded vegetables like carrots, zucchini, or potatoes into an already family-favorite recipe for a boost of nutrition. I personally love adding shredded zucchini and carrots to chili and my kids hardly notice when I do.
My kids also love any version of chicken noodle soup so I try to change up the “noodle” to keep it fun and fresh for them, while adding a few extra cups of veggies like spinach, diced tomatoes or green beans.
Here are 15 delicious, veggie-packed soups, stews and chilis to inspire you to try something new!
This quick sausage and bean soup is a family favorite recipe! Filled with veggies, smoked chicken sausage and beans, this soup recipe comes together easily for a weeknight dinner your whole family will love.
When cooler weather comes, nothing is more comforting than a hearty bowl of beef stew. While many recipes of this classic dish take hours to prepare, this version is made in the Instant Pot for a delicious, healthy meal in less time.
We love all kinds of chili and sometimes it is nice to break out of your traditional ground meat & red bean variety. Whether using leftover chicken or a Rotisserie chicken from the deli, this chili can be pulled together quickly for an easy weeknight dinner.
Aggie Goodman, of Aggie’s Kitchen, is an active mom of three who’s always thinking about the next meal. Her kitchen is her “happy place” where she can relax and do what she loves to do: feed her family and friends. Aggie loves to cook with simple fresh ingredients, focusing on health, ease, and of course, taste – especially these days as her family grows and life gets busier. When she’s not cooking or on her laptop, she’s most likely running around with her kids, getting in a good workout, finding peace in a book or getting her hands dirty in her garden.
Aggie’s Kitchen has been featured as Babble’s Top Mom Food Bloggers and Aggie has worked as a contributor to Babble’s food blog Family Kitchen as well as CBS News’ Health blog.