Make This Today: Shrimp Egg Drop Soup

Shrimp Egg Drop Soup | Photo by Rebecca Boyd

Shrimp Egg Drop Soup | Photo by Becca Boyd

March is a tricky month in Philly. We happily trade our parkas for bomber jackets only to get a blast of icy wind or even (please no) a freak snowstorm. It’s for this reason I love a spring soup. Light in calories but full of fiber and protein, it’s a way to prepare for bathing suit season while staying warm from the downright chilly early spring breezes.

This soup packs an amazing flavor punch. With garlic, ginger, soy, vinegar, sesame, honey and tamari this is umami rich. The broth itself is so flavorful with a delicate sweetness and a hit of spice in the back of your throat from the Sriracha. With a dinner this good (and warm!) to come home to, you can enjoy the extra hour of daylight outside, shivering with your friends.

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Make: The Protein-Packed Squash Soup That Will Actually Keep You Full

Butternut Squash Soup | Photo by Becca Boyd

Butternut Squash Soup | Photo by Becca Boyd

It’s time for an admission of guilt: I used to see the peeled, cubed, cellophane-covered packages of butternut squash and feel superior for buying mine at the farmers’ market and hacking it up myself. This sophomoric thinking sucked up too many minutes of my life, not to mention dulled the heck out of my chef’s knife. Nowadays, I’m happy to pay someone to do the work for me when it comes to squash (and incidentally, broccoli slaw), especially when it leads to a gorgeously healthy dinner like this.

Chockfull of protein and fiber, this stunner will easily keep you full past the usual 10 o’clock bedtime snack pangs and packs easily for a soul-warming lunch the next day. Free from dairy and gluten, this should works for many diets while keeping those healthy-eating resolutions intact.

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It’s Really Frigging Cold, So How About Some Free Soup?

You can get this loaded baked potato soup for free today. Why? Because it's really, really cold outside.

You can get this loaded baked potato soup for free today. Why? Because it’s really, really cold outside.

The only thing better than a really good bowl of homemade soup on an Arctic-blasted day like this one is a really good free bowl of homemade soup. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Read more »

You Need to Make This for Dinner: Protein-Packed Meaty Minestrone

Meaty Minestrone | Photo by Becca Boyd

Meaty Minestrone | Photo by Becca Boyd

Ah, Sunday. I love you so much — why can’t there be two of you? These days, Sunday means football, fires, and soup. Giant pots of soup. Sometimes the soup attracts extra diners at my dinner table, but when it doesn’t, we have dinner set for Monday night —and sometimes even Tuesday. I’ve convinced my children that the vegetables in soup just taste like “soup” so they’re on board; my gluten-free, hungry husband can eat as many servings as he likes; and I like that it’s light and healthy. This particular soup has been made too many times to count this fall, and the colors make it fitting for holiday fun.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Sip-Worthy Philly Soups Edition

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Coconut Curry at Cheu Noodle Bar | Photo via Facebook

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

It may only be a relatively balmy 39 degrees outside right now, but when you get caught in an urban wind tunnel or your umbrella breaks mid-rainstorm, it can feel more like the Arctic Circle. The best way to combat that chilled-to-the-bone feeling? A nice, piping hot cup of soup. Is there anything more quintessentially winter than holding a bowl of soup between your thawing fingertips, delicious steam lazily wafting up towards your nose? Just thinking about it makes me want go ice skating in Dilworth Park — not because I particularly enjoy ice skating, but because I want that bring-me-back-to-life experience that only sip-worthy soups can deliver after being out in the cold for too long.

We asked some of our favorite (similarly soup-obsessed) Philly fitness folks to dish on their go-to, mouth-watering, sip-worthy soups around the city for the next time you’re craving a cup of comfort. Whether you’re sick in bed, just getting back from a cold day outside, or simply want to get into a hearty bowl of comfort, this sip-worthy soup list is for you.

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The Perfect Rainy-Day Dinner: Kielbasa, Kale and White Bean Soup

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Kielbasa: At the mere mention, many of us experience visible excitement. That said, sitting down to a big plate of grilled kielbasa for dinner at night probably wouldn’t help us be well, Philly — but there’s no need to omit this flavor powerhouse from our diets altogether. Though I use the turkey variety to keep the calories and fat in check, the flavor is all there. If you choose to use the classic, every ingredient and direction remains the same.

We enjoy soups in the fall as the weather turns crispy, but we fill the bowls in late winter for a slightly different reason: Spring break is looming and bathing suit season’s on deck. That’s where this soup comes in: It’s comforting on a rainy day like this one — and also bikini-friendly. Read more »

What to Eat This Week: Warming Winter Soups

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If you plan on leaving your house this weekend, you deserve like 1,623,928 gold stars. The highs are in the low 20s — the highs! — and the lows are too scary to talk about. So, I figured there would be a strong demand for soup this week: Here, five soup recipes, from Spicy Thai Curry Noodle to Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle, to warm your insides over the next few days. Read more »

Rooster Soup Company in the Wall Street Journal

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.

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Make: Creamy (Low-Cal!) Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I mentioned recently to a friend that I’d put on a few pounds and intended to use soup to shed them. She replied, “Will that really fill you up?” I think she was picturing a clear broth with a few sad veggies floating around — so not what I meant.  Read more »

What to Eat This Week: 5 Soup Recipes to Ring in Soup Season 

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As I type this, the temperature is 48 degrees and it’s been raining for hours. So yeah, I think it’s safe to say that soup season has arrived. And to make sure you don’t fall into a soup slump — because it’s way too easy to make the same butternut squash soup recipe over and over again all season long — we give you this: Five healthy, filling and oh-so-delicious soup recipes to try. (I’d start with the ginger and lemongrass Thai soup. Mmmmmm.) Happy slurping! Read more »

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