January has brought a lot of change in this household. I’m newly working from home. It’s been COLD. Seriously cold. And it’s brought the usual resolve to healthy eating, which for me means more cooking and less eating out.
Me. Working from home is in the newest phases. Like day 2. For all of your work-from-home wizards, I’m looking for some tips! So far, I’m loving the ease of a non-meeting jammed schedule and the ability to work from my office or the couch. BUT. I know I’ll need to get more settled into a routine soon as I really begin the work of the work. Concepting a new business, writing strategy and plans and pitch decks, building concept boards and design direction is going to require a little more structure and rigor than today’s leisurely pace. For now, I’m letting my brain ease into this new mode, enjoying the slowness + stillness while exploring writing, creating, making, yoga, meditation and rest without any hard deadlines.
As I’m stumbling into my work from home routine, one thing that I am missing is the convenience of a deliciously prepared meal just steps from my office. This, and this cold snap Dallas is experiencing sent me off in search of soup inspiration to keep my lunch routine in check.
Last night, I made this simple sausage, kale and white bean soup to munch on this week. From a favorite cookbook of mine, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food this super quick (less than 20 minutes) and deliciously light but filling soup is a great way to start my week.
Next up, a spin on a traditionally heavy staple – this broccoli + cheese soup is tangier and fresher than anything you’ve tried before. Made for the cheese minimalist, it’s use of soft goat cheese delivers a strong punch of flavor for a small amount of dairy. I discovered this in the Everyday Detox: 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health, and Lose Weight Naturally cookbook – a favorite of mine for clean eating yumminess.
I was gifted a great cookbook, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion, for Christmas and am looking forward to making lots from it this year, including a green chile chicken soup (with no online version – stay tuned for reviews.) It lead me down the rabbit hole of her beautiful website in search of more inspiration. I’m a sucker for a good mushroom soup, and have struggled to find anything close since going gluten + (mostly) dairy free. Her creation is calling my name and I can’t wait to dig in!
Next up, three favorites from Goop. Because when Gwyneth shares anything, we all get on board – amiright? Crockpot chicken pozole…a family favorite of ours. I think I’ll be making a big batch of this for a girlfriend’s night in soon. An easier-to-make Italian wedding soup that has me googly-eyed over here…and last this Probiotic Miso Ginger Carrot number seems perfect for the after holiday detox we’re ALL on.
This cauliflower soup may seem like not much to write home about…but trust me, once you make it – it will be a go-to in your kitchen too. The drizzle of olive oil at the end is a trick I now use liberally in most soups.
Billed “the best tomato soup you’ll ever have” is tough to live up to. Lucky for us, this one from Tartelette via A Cup of Jo does just that. The parmesan (I sub pecorino) croutons put it over-the-top.
A vegan roasted poblano corn chowder you say? Heck yes! I’m sooo looking forward to making this steamy, creamy bowl of golden goodness very, very soon.
Last up, another detox soup perfect for cleansing our liver after all the holiday imbibing. This one’s made with sweet potatoes, turmeric and lentils for a purifying orange beauty.
What are you cooking this week?