Winter is officially here! The colder months tend to bring snow, snow and well, more snow. All of the fresh powder takes us outdoors for activities like sledding, skiing, snowman building and snowball throwing. Those activities can certainly help you build up an appetite. A great meal to make after a long day of outdoor play is a pot of homemade soup. This winter, skip chicken noodle soup and try a delicious and filling bean soup or stew instead!


Bean, Ham and Kale Soup

If you are looking for a recipe which feels a little lighter, but will still satisfy your hunger, try this navy bean, ham and kale soup recipe. Kale is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and K. Plus, it’s really tasty. Also, navy beans are high in fiber which gives you energy to burn while stabilizing blood sugar levels. Mix two or three handfuls of kale into the pot with celery, carrots, onions and potatoes for a hearty soup with loads of health benefits. Don’t forget the ham bone! Once your soup is ready to serve, sit back and enjoy a bowl or two without feeling guilty.


Spicy Slow Cooker Soup with Ground Turkey, Pinto Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Sometimes you just crave a soup with a bit of a kick. Nothing will give your taste buds a better kick than red bell peppers and green chiles mixed with pinto beans and spices. This soup is something you can easily put together in an afternoon. Throw all the ingredients into a pot, cook on high for three hours then go outside and play in the snow. When you are ready for a warm up your soup is ready to serve.  Just add shredded cheese or Green Tabasco Sauce as a garnish and enjoy!


Which soup will you be preparing on your next snow day?

Meatless Monday is so much more appealing when incorporating this tasty dish featuring Randall Great Northern Beans.