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Soups, Stews, and Chilis for the New Year

Welcome to Issue 19 of RecipeLion Magazine! This is an exciting issue for us as it marks the beginning of a partnership between RecipeLion and Food Gardening Magazine. With the Food Gardening Network’s focus on sharing the joys of growing your own favorite fruits, herbs, and vegetables, and RecipeLion’s history of creating and adapting recipes so even the busiest cooks can successfully make tasty and delicious dinners, this seems like the perfect opportunity to combine our areas of love and expertise. 

Plus, this issue is all about comfort, and what’s more comforting than fresh foods and warm, nourishing recipes on a winter day? There are more than four dozen recipes in this issue made to keep you cozy during these colder months. If food could be a blanket, the recipes in this edition would be the most comfortable and toasty wool blanket ever. And you would have it wrapped around you while you’re sitting by a crackling fire. There might even be a cup of hot chocolate or mulled cider. One thing is for sure, the nearly 50 recipes in this issue of RecipeLion Magazine are all about finding that happy place that you can only get in a bowl of homemade soup.

You’ll find the recipes in five different sections: Comfort in a Bowl, Crusty Dippable Breads, 7 Healthy Soups for the New Year, Top 5 Most Drinkable Broths, and 20 Hearty Stews and Chilis. And just as you would expect from RecipeLion, these delicious soups, stews, chilis, and breads are easy and quick, so you can have dinner on the table without too much fuss.

Here’s a look at some of what’s on the menu: 

Comfort in a Bowl features 12 of the most heart-warming soups you’ll find anywhere. Try the Simply Perfect Tomato Soup paired with a grilled cheese sandwich for a classic lunch that combines the flavors of a tangy tomato soup, melted cheddar cheese, and a little bit of nostalgia. Here are three more recipes from this section that I can assure you will warm up any grey and chilly day:

  • Hearty Corn Chowder: You can’t go wrong with creamy corn and potatoes topped off with savory, crispy bacon.
  • Surprise Butternut Squash Soup: A magical blend of sweet and tart flavors are punctuated by a sprinkling of spice.
  • French Onion Soup: Luxurious, decadent, and irresistible – it’s everything you want in this classic French recipe. Bring the most well-known comfort food of Paris right into your dining room.

Crusty Dippable Breads

If there’s one thing that goes well with a homemade soup, it’s a handmade bread fresh out of the oven. And I LOVE the way my home fills with that unmistakable aroma of a bakery! You’ll find salty, savory breads that you can slice or tear and dip right in your soups and stews. Here is a sample of what you’ll find:

  • Rosemary Flatbread: Use this flatbread as a pizza crust or serve it as an appetizer with olive oil and fresh herbs. Either way, it’s delicious and unique.
  • Dill Seed Braided Bread: If you want your home to smell heavenly, this is your recipe. It’s the perfect accompaniment to savory soups and stews.
  • Herb Garlic Popovers: The garlic in these popovers makes them extra tasty. Plus, they’re fun to watch bake; the batter quite literally “pops over” the top of the muffin pan. Inside you’ll find a light doughy bread reminiscent of a croissant.

7 Healthy Soups for the New Year

Whether it’s a ‘new year, new you’ kind of day or you just want something healthy, warming, and tasty, the seven recipes here will fit the need. Definitely don’t miss the Provençal Vegetable Soup for a chance to transport yourself to a warm, sunshiny day along the Mediterranean. Here are two more of the recipes you’ll find here.

  • Thyme and Mushroom Soup: This might be the perfect savory soup. The earthy and mildly sweet flavors of slowly cooked and caramelized mushrooms blend perfectly with the minty, lemony taste of thyme for a bowl of absolute bliss.
  • Ground Turkey and Kale Soup: This hearty and healthy turkey and kale soup recipe is a bonafide people pleaser, with just enough tender kale and filling turkey to make even the pickiest eaters happy.

5 Most Drinkable Broths

Soup broth is an age-old cure for pretty much anything that ails you. The nourishing, steamy broth of your favorite soup might as well be a magical potion that makes the world a better place. Here are two of the recipes you can enjoy from this section, plus three more:

  • Sweet-and-Sour Soup: Learn how to make one of your favorite take-out dishes right in your own kitchen. You will need a little bit of time to prep this soup, but it’s a good excuse to spend time with your favorite chef’s knife, thinly slicing green onions, shiitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots. 
  • Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice: If you aren’t yet familiar with Avgolemono soup, don’t miss your chance to try this delicious Greek specialty. The lemony broth makes it just the thing to nourish you on a cold winter night.

20 Hearty Stews and Chilis

You’ll get a little bit of everything here, from a Slow Cooker Enchilada Chili to a Cheesy Asiago Bisque to a Vegan Mulligatawny Soup. As diverse as these recipes are, they do all have some things in common. They’re hearty, stick-to-your-ribs bowls of deliciousness. Check out these recipes, plus 15 more.

  • Pumpkin Sage Soup: Have a bowl of Pumpkin Sage Soup and savor the flavors of a warm hug! Fresh pumpkin and sage are wonderful complements and the coconut milk gives you a wonderfully creamy texture and just a hint of sweetness.
  • Rustic Potato Leek Soup: This healthy, rustic recipe is just the thing when you need a nourishing and flavorful bowl of soup after a long day at work. 
  • Pulled Pork Chili: This pulled pork chili recipe is the ray of sunshine we all need in the middle of a winter day, and it’s an easy recipe to bring together. Add some crispy bacon for an extra bit of smoky flavor.
  • Worth the Wait Cabbage Soup: The secret to this recipe is the addition of light brown sugar. It adds a sweetness to the dish that gives the cabbage just enough nuance to stand out. Plus, the tartness of the tomatoes makes a perfect complement to the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Carrot Ginger Soup: When you’re deep into the cold, grey days and long nights of winter, this carrot-ginger soup recipe is just what you need. The spices fill your home with a cozy aroma and the warm, deep flavors are enough to rejuvenate the spirit on a frigid evening.

I hope you enjoy the January issue of RecipeLion Magazine as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. We’re so happy to be here cooking with you and we’re looking forward to many more recipes, dishes, and meals as we move into this new joint adventure. 

Happy cooking—and happy eating!

Kim Mateus
Editor & Publisher

P.S. Please enjoy this issue of RecipeLion Magazine, and let me know what you think about it by commenting below with your feedback! Your input is valuable to us and can help us make improvements.

  • Why can’t we print the wgole magazine? I am visually impaired. I can enlarge it on my computer where I can read it.


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