5 Healthy Soups and Stews to Keep You Warm

Stay warm during chilly months (or all year long!) with these healthy and hearty soup and stew recipes.
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The worst of winter may be over (please, let it be over!), but it can still get pretty chilly out there. Get through the last leg of winter with these healthy soup and stew recipes that will keep you warm until spring.

Cauliflower Chowder

Photo credit: Damn Delicious

Photo credit: Damn Delicious

When you hear the word chowder, you think, "Creamy, yum! But cream, eh, unhealthy." Not this time! There's no heavy cream in sight, and cauliflower takes the place of high-carb potatoes for a lighter but still flavorful version of a comfort-food fave. Don't worry though, this bowl doesn't shy away completely from indulgence — there's crispy bacon on top.

Get the full recipe at Damn Delicious.

Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

Photo credit: Gimme Some Oven

Photo credit: Gimme Some Oven

This 30-minute recipe is a no-brainer. The perfect pair (tomato and basil) creates a delicious base for protein-packed chicken and spinach to blend with fiber-rich beans and lots of spices. Together with cheese, they make a quick and hearty meal that will warm you from the inside out.

Get the full recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Photo credit: Krafted Koch

Photo credit: Krafted Koch

When naming a soup everyone loves, chicken tortilla likely comes to mind. Please the whole family sans any extra effort with this slow-cooker recipe with a kick. Paprika, chili powder and cumin make this one super flavorful without adding major calories. The best part is you can throw everything into the cooker in the morning and come home to the smell of a finished meal.

Get the full recipe at Krafted Koch.

Thai Curry Lentil + Sweet Potato Soup

Photo credit: Sweet Peas & Saffron

Photo credit: Sweet Peas & Saffron

At first glance you might think this is just another butternut squash soup, but take a deeper look and you'll see a unique recipe you can't wait to try. The familiar flavors of Thai cooking (curry paste, lime juice, coconut milk) come together in this tasty one-pot meal that you'll be eating for days.

Hearty and Healthy Beef Stew With Zucchini Noodles

Photo credit: Inspiralized

Photo credit: Inspiralized

You'll be so inspiralized by this take on beef stew that uses zucchini "noodles" in lieu of egg noodles or starchy potatoes. The key here is to let the z-oodles be the star of the plate — they create a big bed of good-for-you green to top with meat and veggies. Sure, you need a gadget (a spiralizer) to create the wavy zucchini, but we have a feeling once you try this dish, the tool will become less of a trend and more of a staple in your kitchen.

Get the full recipe at Inspiralized.

Host a Soup Swap This Winter

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Snowed-In Lunch

To escape from winter weather, invite friends over to spend the afternoon indoors for a snowed-in lunch. Set out oversized pillows and blankets in various textures, shapes and sizes that invite guests to cozy up and relax.

Snowed-In Lunch

Decorate the table using vibrant hues that offer a mental escape from the doldrum weather. A cheese board with colorful dried and fresh fruit is the perfect snack to nibble while watching the snow pile up.

Snowed-In Lunch

Piping hot food, like crockpot meals, soup or pasta, require little effort in the kitchen and allow you to spend most of the day unwinding with friends.

Host a Cozy Soup Swap

Host a winter-perfect soup swap complete with homemade soups, cheeses, bread, crackers, nuts and fresh herbs. Display a buffet of bowls and toppings on round wooden stumps lined with tartan fabric as a toast to the season.

Host a Cozy Soup Swap

Suggest that everyone bring his or her favorite homemade soup or chili. This allows guests to test out new flavors and recipes. Plus, there should be plenty of leftovers to take home!

Host a Cozy Soup Swap

Display a variety of garnishes, such as parsley, pine nuts, oregano and shredded cheese, on the table. Guests will enjoy trying new flavor combinations without having to make multiple trips to the buffet.

Host a Cozy Soup Swap

Don't forget the favors! Send guests home with a favorite soup recipe that includes one or two of the ingredients, such as lentils or herbs.

What's My Name Again?

Monogramming is having a major moment, so get creative by adding etched family heirlooms or personalized elements, such as linen napkins and table runners, to the table.

Dressed-Up Desserts

Sweets are in season all year long, but winter is a perfect time to test out unique cocktail recipes. Get creative by blending popular seasonally-inspired flavors like chocolate with cinnamon, peppermint with coconut or apricot with rosemary to create some grown-up libations.

Dressed-Up Desserts

Simple, homemade (or even store-bought!) cinnamon rolls are dressed up with berries and cream cheese icing, proving — yet again — that presentation is everything.

Toddies With a Twist

Give hot toddies a new twist by adding a dash of zesty, orange citrus instead of lemon. Plus, this combo of ingredients has been known to offer a few extra health benefits. Thank you, vitamin C!

Mix Those Metallics

Shiny metallics in shades of pewter, silver and copper set a chic and modern vibe for dinner with a best friend, significant other or family member you're overdue on seeing.

Mix Those Metallics

Adorn the table with unexpected produce (like purple cabbage) to add extra height and drama.

Pull in Icy Pastels

Surprise guests with a variety of macarons for dessert in pastel hues as a gentle reminder that the lovely, warm spring season is just around the corner.

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