Not much in the produce section is really looking good this time of year, but broccoli is thriving. I do love broccoli, but after a while there is only so much of it I want to eat steamed as a side dish. This broccoli cheddar soup is a good way to mix it up. It's ready in under an hour and really hits the spot on a cold winter day.
 
 
I found the idea for this spinach soup a while back when I was looking for interesting ways to use spinach more often. This is also a good recipe for those who like to use (or drink) wine while cooking. Or, if you're in the mood for wine one night but can't decide if you should open a bottle or not, give this recipe a try. You'll need a bit of wine in the soup, and then since it's already open might as well pour yourself a glass!
 
 
This is one of my favorite soups. It's easy, very healthy, and has a lot of flavor. I first thought about some sort of kale soup when I read about the health benefits of kale. Kale is high in antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K. It helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

The problem is that kale's a bit tough and it doesn't seem to be a common ingredient in many recipes. Cooking your kale in the crock-pot for several hours gives it a chance to soften up. Plus kale is one of the vegetables in season during the winter months, making it perfect for a warm winter soup!

In addition to the kale there are carrots, beans, onions, garlic, and tomatoes in this soup -  all of which are also great for you!

Hope you enjoy this White Bean & Kale Soup!
 
 
My first recipe is online!

Visit the soup section of the website to try out a delicous squash soup recipe. This receipe uses no butter (say what?!?) and is mainly just the squash itself (so this soup will be most flavorful when squash is in season). The ingredients consist of squash (hopefully this is in a squash soup), spices (feel free to experiment with these to suit your tastes), then chicken broth and low-fat evaporated milk for consistency.

Side note on chicken broth. Any type of broth can be very high sodium. You can either make it yourself, or if you don't feel like putting in the time/effort (I usually don't) then I recommend Pacific Brand Low-Sodium Chicken Broth. It has 3% sodium compared to 30%, 40% or 50% sodium.

This recipe is perfect for the fall/winter and will make your house smell awesome.