Soups and Salads

What’s the soup of the day? What kind of salad would you like with your dinner tonight? It’s completely up to you.

Soups are low-energy, one-pot meals that can be made with just about anything you find in your refrigerator. For a super easy soup trick, toss all the ingredients into a crock pot and leave it to make soup while you’re out of the house or asleep. You can store soup in small containers to eat throughout the week for snacks or lunch, and soup freezes well too. (Just make sure you don’t fill the containers up all the way to the top when you freeze soup because liquid expands when frozen!)

Salads are a wonderful way to get fresh food into your system. Though they often take a moderate amount of washing and chopping (especially if they are vegetable-heavy), you can take shortcuts. For example, you can wash an entire head of lettuce when you have a lot of energy or a friend nearby, and then, you can store it in the refrigerator in a salad spinner or other container. The next time you want fresh lettuce, you can simply reach into the container and pull out a few leaves. You can do the same with pre-chopping vegetables for the week ahead.

Here are ten recipes for a wide variety of soups and salads that will compliment just about any main dish or will stand alone for a snack or lunch without a problem.

Note: Recipes with an asterisk (*) beside them may require slightly above average dedication to ingredients or process.

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