A bowl of soup with parsley sprinkled in the center with bread placed on a wooden table

Happy Belated New Year! It’s officially January, which means we’re going to exercise more, eat healthier and finally, finally get out of financial debt. Then, reality sets in.

Your resolution to be the next Jack LaLanne or Jillian Michaels comes to a screeching halt. How the heck are you supposed to get a workout in when you can’t even find an open parking space at the gym? Meanwhile, that goal of being debt free is more like attempting to climb Mount Everest, especially when you’re still paying off that waffle maker featuring WI-FI and a voice activation timer you got for Grandma Sue two Christmas’ ago. Now, before you lose your cool, we have the cure to feeling good (mind and body of course) that doesn’t involve fighting for the last elliptical or taking your spare change to the nearest Coinstar.

Food for Thought: Soup is Good, Like Really Good

It’s soup! Yes, you read that correctly. Let’s take a trip down nostalgic lane. Remember when you were just a tyke and your mom made you a bowl of soup while being under the weather? The warmth and aroma of vegetables, pastas and beans mixed together form healthy goodness that definitely doesn’t taste like a spoonful of cherry flavored medicine. And guess what? You actually started to feel better. Soup gives off positive vibes and is a meal we can enjoy and feel good about.

So with that being said, January is National Soup Month! Yes, we’re pretty pumped about it too. Back by popular demand (Brr! 5 Warm Ways to Sizzle in the Cold is a must-read), we’re sharing with you tantalizing soup recipes you seriously have to make this month. So what if it doesn’t involve doing push-ups or taking orders from an intense fitness instructor, rather, you get to brush up and learn some new cooking skills (Plus, you can make soup on the cheap) in the kitchen and the best part of all; enjoy your masterpiece with family and friends. And that’s a resolution we all can accomplish.

Hamburger Soup

Easy, delicious, hearty and a super easy meal to make, especially when you’re tight on time during the weeknights. You most likely have all the ingredients already on hand such as tomato broth, ground beef, potatoes and vegetables. Start by cooking and draining the beef, onions and garlic in a skillet, followed by adding vegetables and one cup of broth (or water) and let the pasta simmer until tender. Hamburger soup brings flavor along with a warm and cozy feel to your dinner table.

Chipotle Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

It’s a mouthful, but so worth it! Made with veggies and a smoky chipotle sauce combined with the sweetness of squash and carrots, Chipotle roasted butternut squash soup is the remedy to curing anyone experiencing the winter blues. Here’s what you need to know…

First start by preheating the oven to 350F. Place a squash that’s been cleaned out on a baking sheet that can be roasted for 90 minutes. After the squash has cooled, cut down the middle, carefully scooping out the seeds and pulp (Squash pulp can be refrigerated up to a few days).

Now we can begin on the soup. Put olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot and cook at medium-high heat. Then, sauté carrots and onions until they are slightly brown. Next, stir in cooked butternut squash pulp, broth and chipotle sauce. Heat the soup to a boil and reduce heat. And there you have it, chipotle roasted butternut squash soup.

Garlic Potato Soup

A soup recipe that’s sure to warm the soul and leave your stomach satisfied. Garlic potato soup is made with chunks of red potatoes, carrots, onions and celery that’s cooked in chicken broth with minced garlic and of course, bacon.

And did we mention this can be made in an cinch? It’s simple really. Begin by cooking all of the ingredients we mentioned above in a pan over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in milk, potato flakes and parsley. Cook until the mixture is hot and you’re ready to serve.

All this soup talk probably has you chomping at the bit for a delicious bowl. And if you can’t wait to try one of these appetizing recipes, then know you can always experience one of many soups available at our farm-to-table establishment. Go ahead and take a peek at the Blue Wolf Tavern menu to find the soup that catches your eye and appetite.