Sitting down to a comforting bowl of soup is one of winter's sweet simple pleasures, especially when you’re feeling under the weather. But if growing up chicken noodle soup was your go-to comfort food, you may be feeling left out in the cold now that you're on a plant-based diet.
And while chicken is not often included in a plant-based diet, but that doesn't mean healing comfort food is off the table. (And side note: chicken isn't the health food we're told it is, anyway.) What's a former chicken noodle lover to do during cold and flu season? Load up on these easy and healing plant-based soup recipes instead, including a vegan "chicken" noodle soup that'll satiate those winter cravings!
5 Healing Plant-Based Soups to Make When You're Craving Chicken Noodle Soup
1. One-Pot Vegan Minestrone
Image and Recipe from Minimalist Baker
No vegan soup round-up would be complete without a cozy minestrone. This easy plant-based recipe is packed full of immunity-boosting and fiber-rich veggies. And it's high protein to boot, thanks to all those delicious beans!
2. Greek Lentil Soup
Image and Recipe from Veggies Don't Bite
Lentils are the superstars of the healing recipe! They're loaded with protein, iron, and plenty of vitamins, to give your immune system the boost it needs this winter.
3. Velvety Green Vegetable Soup
Image and Recipe from Veggie Inspired
New to a plant-based diet and missing the creaminess of dairy-laden soups? Say hello to your new go-to: this delicious vegetable soup has the velvety texture you miss, with none of the inflammatory dairy! PLUS you get five servings of veggies, all in one warming bowl of soup.
4. Yellow Split-Pea Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale
Image and Recipe from Fat Free Vegan
This split pea soup recipe may sound intimidating but trust me, it's as simple to make as it is good for you to eat! Iron-rich split peas are paired with superfoods sweet potatoes and kale to give your immune system a welcome jolt. It's also ready in less than an hour and keeps well in the fridge for leftovers throughout the week.
5. Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup
Image and Recipe from Healthy Girl Kitchen
Lastly, if you are really missing chicken noodle, this easy vegan soup recipe replaces the chicken with protein-rich chickpeas for a healthy take on an old favorite.
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Rafaela Michailidou is a Vegan Lifestyle Coach, and a freelance health and wellness content writer, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.