10 Vegan Potato Recipes for the New Year

Have you resolved to eat more meatless meals this year? We’ve got some healthy vegan recipes to keep you on track starring our favorite veggie: the potato!

More and more people are eating vegan or vegetarian meals in an effort to stay healthy, but if you’re not used to eating this way it can seem difficult and less than exciting. The trick to making plant-based food delicious is finding vegan recipes that are filling and easy to make without sacrificing healthiness.

A whole food vegan or vegetarian diet can be a lot healthier than the Standard American Diet, because you’re skipping the saturated animal fats in favor of healthy fruits and vegetables. And potatoes are a great way to make a vegetarian or vegan dish filling without sacrificing any of the health benefits! One filling, medium potato with the skin on has:

  • only 110 calories
  • 0g fat, saturated fat, and trans fat
  • zero cholesterol and no sodium
  • 4g of protein
  • 8% of your daily fiber, which may help control body weight

Not too shabby for one little spud! On top of all that, potatoes are just plain delicious.

Beyond Vegan Recipes: Kitchen Essentials

You probably have most of the tools and ingredients that you need for these vegan recipes right in your kitchen. We want to set you up for success, so here’s a checklist of some food items and cooking tools that are handy for making vegan recipes:

  • Non-dairy milk – We recommend plain soy or almond milk, because both work well in place of dairy in any recipe that calls for cow’s milk.
  • Nutritional yeast – This is different from the yeast you use to make bread rise. Nutritional yeast is available online or in the bulk bin at health food stores, and it gives food a mellow, cheesy flavor.
  • Vegan margarine or coconut oil – Smart Balance Light and Earth Balance are good options for vegan margarines. If you’re using coconut oil, choose the refined sort, because it doesn’t have a coconut flavor
  • Flax meal – Ground flax seeds are a great source of omega 3s and work as a binder in place of eggs for baked goods and patties. 1 tablespoon flax + 1/4 cup water = 1 “egg”
  • Raw cashews – Raw cashews are the secret to creamy vegan sauces. You’ll want to soak them for 4-6 hours, then drain before blending to get the smoothest puree.
  • Blender or food processor – Sauces and soups come together quickly in the blender.
  • Crock pot – Set it and forget it for easy vegan recipes.
  • Rice cooker – This is optional, but you can use a rice cooker for cooking rice and other whole grains (like quinoa or barley). Unlike on the stove top, a rice cooker yields the perfect cooked grain every time.

10 Healthy Vegan Recipes for the New Year

Got your supplies in order? Here are 10 vegan recipes to get you started.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a great side dish to turn any vegan meal into comfort food. Image credit: Glue and Glitter.

 
 

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Curry’s deep flavors dominate this dish, so you’ll never miss the meat. Image credit: AllRecipes.

 
 

Potato Croquettes
Potato Croquettes

This recipe calls for a specific brand of corn flakes, but you can use any corn flakes you want to fit your budget. Image credit: Attune Foods.

 
 

Creamy Vegan Scallopped Potatoes
Creamy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Another filling side dish, you can use any light-tasting oil like safflower in place of grapeseed, but the soaked raw cashews are one place where you should not skimp. Image credit: Edible Perspective.

 
 

Vegan Shepherd Pie
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

This one-dish meal is easy to make and kid-friendly too. Image credit: The Kind Life.

 
 

Vegan Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Vegan Whipped Coconut Sweet Potatoes

A sweet alternative to more traditional mashed potatoes. Weelicious.

 
 

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup
Vegan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

You can serve this with crusty bread and make it a meal. Image credit: Eat Yourself Skinny.

 
 

African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew
African Peanut and Sweet Potato Stew

This is another hearty one-pot meal. Image credit: African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew.

 
 

Black Bean Sweet Potato Stew
Slow Cooker Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

Black beans and sweets work together to make a satisfying stew that’s packed with plant-based protein.

 
 

Chocolate Sweet Potato Spice Cake
Chocolate Sweet Potato Spice Cake

Even a healthy diet can include the occasional indulgence. Sweet potatoes make this vegan cake recipe moist and rich. Image Credit: One Green Planet.

 

Thanksgiving Recipe: Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Dish

These baked sweet potato skins are a healthier take on a traditional sweet potato casserole. Most sweet potato casseroles use peeled sweets and plenty of butter. Our Thanksgiving recipe is lower in fat, but just as satisfying. The best part? Unlike most sweet potato casserole recipes, this one uses healthy sweet potato skins. Why does saving the skins make this recipe healthier? There’s a lot of nutritional value in those skins, so when you can, leave ‘em on, and eat ‘em up!

One sweet potato with the skin on is a tasty treat that’s packed with nutrition. It’s got four grams of fiber, two grams of protein, and over 400 percent of your daily value for vitamin A. Not too shabby for a little orange spud! Your family will love these single-serving stuffed sweet potatoes so much that they won’t even notice that you snuck a healthy Thanksgiving recipe into the spread.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

Yield: serves 8; Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: about 35-40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Express Bake Sweet PotatOHs
  • 3/4 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 bag of marshmallows

Directions

1. Cook the Sweet PotatOHs in the microwave according to the package instructions. While the potatoes cook, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. When the PotatOHs are cool enough to handle, slice them in half lengthwise and scoop out most of the flesh.

Scooped Sweet Potatoes

3. In a large bowl, mash the sweet potato flesh with the pineapple, brown sugar, and orange juice.

4. Spoon the potato mixture back into the potato skins.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

5. Top each one with a few marshmallows.

6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the marshmallows turn slightly brown on top.

Cooking With Fall Flavors: Seasoned Potato Recipes for Autumn

Spice Tins

Don’t you love fall flavors? Spicy ginger, rich sage, and other strong spices make fall food that much more comforting.

What’s great about adding bold seasonings to your cooking is that the more you season the less you need to rely on salt to make your food taste good. In fact, many of those pre-made salt substitutes are simply herb blends that flavor your food with herbs and spices instead of sodium.

Pairing those strong flavors with potatoes is a natural fit, since potatoes are also naturally salt free. Some fall flavors go best with white potatoes, and others taste best with sweet potatoes. We’ve pulled together some side dishes and entree ideas for you that use autumn herbs and spices.

Ginger

Fall Flavors: Ginger

Spicy ginger pairs beautifully with sweet potatoes. The sweetness from the potatoes helps take the edge off of the ginger’s spiciness, so don’t fear the ginger if you’re not a spicy food fan. Here are a couple of recipe ideas centered around ginger.

Side dish: Marmalade and Ginger-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Entree: Pork, Sweet Potato and Apple Saute

Cardamom

Fall Flavors: Cardamom

Cardamom is one of the herbs that makes chai tea so comforting, and it is a staple in Indian cooking. If you’re intimidated by cooking your own Indian food, check out these easy Indian recipes!

Side dish or entree: Indian Chickpea and Potato Stew

Entree: Cardamom-Honey Chicken Thighs with New Potatoes

Garlic

Fall Flavors: Garlic

Fall is garlic season. Almost any savory dish is tastier with a little bit of garlic, but here are a couple of recipes that feature this universal spice.

Side dish: Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup

Entree: Garlic Steak with Mushrooms and Onion-Roasted Potatoes

Sage

Fall Flavors: Sage

Sage has a rich, earthy flavor that’s delicious with beans, meat, or veggies. Try these recipes to add a little sage to your supper.

Side dish or entree: Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup with Sage-Walnut Pesto

Entree: Cider-Braised Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes and Sage

Banana Peppers

Fall Flavors: Hot Peppers

If you like a little heat, hot peppers are the perfect addition to your fall menu. You can use a pinch or add generous amounts for some atomic-level heat!

Side Dish: Southwestern-Style Potatoes Roasted with Peppers and Herbs

Entree: Potato Black Bean Chili

Turmeric

Fall Flavors: Turmeric

Turmeric is another Indian spice, and it’s loaded with health benefits. It’s a close relative to saffron but much less expensive. It can be a little bit more bitter, so start with a little turmeric and add more as you get used to cooking with this vibrant yellow spice.

Side Dish: Roast Potatoes with Chili and Turmeric

Entree: Salmon and Autumn Vegetables Soup with Turmeric

What are your favorite fall flavors to cook with?

 
Creative Commons Image Credits:

Spice Tins by Curtis Perry
Cardamom by Steven Jackson
Garlic Clove by Liz West
Growing Ginger at Home by Susy Morris
Drying Sage by Mike Chaput
Banana Peppers by Steven Jackson
Turmeric II by Steven Jackson

Fall Potato Recipes: Chili, Soups, and Stews for the Changing Season

Are you ready for fall? We’ve got some fall recipes to warm you up from the inside out!

When there’s a nip in the air, nothing hits the spot like good, old-fashioned comfort food. A steaming bowl of chili, soup, or stew hot off the stove is just the thing when fall weather rolls in, and nothing says comfort like a hearty potato.

Potatoes aren’t just filling comfort food – they’re a family-friendly way to get your kids eating healthy food in these colder months.

When it gets chilly, we tend to eat heavier foods, and a potato is a great way to make foods satisfying without adding any fat or a lot of calories. One medium potato has just 110 calories and is naturally fat free, so you can add potatoes to your family’s fall recipes without feeling guilty.

Chili Recipes

Fall Recipes: Chili

Gluten Free Vegetarian Potato Chili - This hearty chili is packed with black beans and fresh veggies. Pile on your favorite toppings, and dig in!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili  - Are sweet potatoes more your speed? Try a sweet potato and black bean chili that cooks up in less than 45 minutes. Image Credit: Eating Well.

Soup Recipes

Fall Recipes: Soups

Colcannon Chowder – Colcannon is a simple, creamy Irish soup made with potatoes, cabbage, and sausage. Our lightened up version uses turkey sausage and reduced fat milk to make this classic soup healthier for your family.

Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Your family will never guess that instead of heavy cream, this soup gets its creaminess from pureed potatoes. It’s rich, creamy, and stick-to-your-ribs good.

Stew Recipes

Fall Recipes: Stews

Peppers and Potato Stew – This is a traditional Italian dish: peperonata di patate. This stew simmers for an hour before it’s ready, but you don’t have to stand over the stove while it cooks. Just check in occasionally to give it a stir. Image Credit: Cooking Channel.

Italian White Bean, Kale, and Potato Stew – Healthy beans and kale make this filling soup a good-for-you supper. It keeps well in the refrigerator or the freezer, so make a big batch and serve this up on a chilly, busy fall weeknight. Image Credit: Forks Over Knives.

Fall Recipes: Cornbread and Garlic Bread

Does chili, soup, or stew not feel like a meal on its own? Throw a basket of cornbread or garlic bread on the table, and your family will thank you!

Dairy Free Cornbread – This is a sweet cornbread that goes great with chili or with the white bean and potato stew listed above. Pass butter or margarine alongside for spreading.

Garlic Bread – Garlic bread would go well with any of the recipes listed above, and this recipe doesn’t require any baking. Just spread a garlic-butter mixture onto slices of French of Italian bread, and pop in the oven 10 minutes before you’re planning to have supper on the table.

Do you have any favorite fall recipes? Tell us about your favorite cool-weather supper ideas in the comments!

Game Day Snacks: Kick Off Football Season and National Chicken Month

Football FIeld
Celebrate the start of football season and National Chicken Month with some simple game day snacks.

Is there anything sweeter than the start of football season? What if we told you that not only are your favorite teams kicking off on the field, but that September is also National Chicken Month? Can you say “delicious game day snacks?”

Potatoes a delicious addition to your game day snacks spread, and they’re easy to prepare, so you can spend your day enjoying the big game, not on food preparation. Baking a potato in the oven takes around 45 minutes, but you can bake up a farm fresh PotatOH in just 4-7 minutes in the microwave to save yourself time for what’s really important here: FOOTBALL!

Potatoes and chicken go hand in wing, don’t they? From loaded tater skins to potato and chicken soft tacos, there are endless delicious ways to team up these all star foods on game day. We’ve rounded up some of the best game day finger foods for your next football get together. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

1. Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

A smoky, spicy twist on regular potato skins. Skip the oven and microwave your potatoes to make this dish even faster!
 
 
 
Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas

2. Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas

With just 5 ingredients, this easy game day snack is still a crowd-pleaser. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa for dipping. Image Source: Rachel Ray.
 
 
 
Grilled Rosemary Chicken

3. Grilled Chicken and Potato Skewers

Impress your guests with grilled kabobs that use rosemary stems instead of bamboo skewers. Image Source: Endless Simmer.
 
 
 
Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

4. Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Taco night on game day, anyone? Serve these tacos already made, or set out the ingredients separately to let your game day guests build their own.
 
 
 
Potato Croquettes

5. Chicken, Mushroom, and Potato Croquettes

Cut your cooking time in half by microwaving the potatoes instead of boiling them, then kick back and get ready to impress your guests with these croquettes. Image Source: Onion Rings and Things.
 
 
Potato Knish

6. Potato Knishes

A knish is a Jewish pastry stuffed with savory goodness. This version is packed with potatoes mashed with chicken stock. Image Source: All Recipes.
 
 
 
Chicken Curry Puffs

7. Chicken Curry Puffs

Think of these as cheater’s samosas. Instead of making the dough from scratch, these spicy curry puffs use pre-made puff pastry dough to save time and guess work. Your guests never need to know!
 
 
 
Sweet Potato Squares

8. Sweet Potato and Lemon Sausage

Use chicken sausage instead of pork to lighten up this recipe in honor of National Chicken Month. Image Source: My Recipes.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Daniel X. O’Niel on Flickr

Back to School Potato Recipes to Keep Kids Happy and Energized

Kids and a school bus

Need some quick and easy back to school recipes? We’ve got healthy, tasty snack and packed lunch options that your kids will love.
 
It’s about time to send those kiddos back to school, and all of that learning sure works up an appetite. Do your little ones come home with a big appetite? Whether you’re looking for a snack or a filling lunch to pack potatoes can help keep your kids happy, healthy, and full of energy for those long days in school.

Potatoes get a bad rep, but they’re actually good for kids if you use healthy preparation methods like microwaving, baking, or even grilling. They’re packed full of healthy carbohydrates – the stuff that your brain needs to function. A medium skin-on potato also provides a healthy dose of nutrients like vitamin C and potassium to keep your kids healthy. It’s also got 2 grams of fiber, which helps your kids feel full longer, so they can focus on school and homework.

The best part? Potatoes make a nutritious addition to lunch or snack time that your kids will actually eat. Check out these back to school recipes for packed lunches and after school snacks!

Potato Packed Lunch Ideas

Packed Potato Lunches

Packing your child’s lunch the night before can help you save time in the mornings. These are some easy lunch recipes that travel well.

Parmesan Panko Potato Balls – These make a filling snack alongside a sandwich or a thermos of soup.

Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos – To keep these from getting soggy, pack the filling and the taco shells separately, and let your child assemble them at lunch time. They’re lunch and an activity in one!

Cheese and Trees Potato Soup – When the weather starts to get cooler, send your kid to school with a thermos brimming with warm, hearty soup.

Bacon and Chive Potato Pancakes – You can pack these alone or in a container with greens. If you pack them solo, include some unsweetened applesauce for dipping to sneak in a serving of fruit.

Potato and Vegetable Stacks – These are a fun alternative to a sandwich that lets you sneak some healthy veggies into your kid’s lunch. Just pack extra dressing in a well-sealed container. You can use more of the Italian dressing from the recipe or try ranch.

After School Potato Snacks

After School Potato Snacks

The kids are always hungry when they come home from school. These simple recipes will tide them over until supper time.

Mini Sweet Potato Bites – Who needs processed finger foods when you can pile yummy toppings onto sliced sweet potato rounds?

Grilled Potato Dippers – Here’s a trade secret: if you don’t want to bust out the grill, you can skip that step and just microwave the potatoes before you slice ‘em. Your kids will have so much fun with the dipping sauces, they’ll never notice the difference!

Festive Papas Tapas – Do your kids like white potatoes better than sweets? Try these easy potato bites!

Baked Potato Nachos – Nachos are the ultimate kid-friendly food, but corn chips are usually deep fried. Instead of greasy chips, use healthy potato slices as the base for your nacho toppings.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins – You can make this into a quick dish by cooking your potatoes in the microwave instead of baking before you cut them.

 

Creative Commons photo via woodleywonderworks on Flickr

 

Back to School Snack Recipe: Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites

This back to school recipe makes a healthy school lunch snack with just a few minutes of prep work.

Many school lunch snacks that kids grab are not the healthiest: sugary snacks like cookies and candy might fill your kid up, but you’re in for a sugar crash and a tough evening. Next time your kids need a snack for lunch while at school, try this recipe starring sweet potatoes to satisfy that sweet tooth without so much processed sugar.

Sweet potatoes give your kids a dose of vitamins and fiber to boost their energy for long school days. One medium sweet potato gives your children 30 percent of their daily dose of vitamin C and 4 grams of filling dietary fiber to keep them full until supper time [source: Nutrition Data]. Not too shabby for one tasty orange spud!

These sweet potato bites are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and sure to be a hit with your kids. Think of them as a lighter version of potato skins!

Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites

Cook time: 7-10 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves 2

Nutrition per serving (using turkey bacon): 130 calories; 20 g carbs; 7 g fat; 4 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet PotatOH
  • 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
  • 2 strips of turkey or vegetarian bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions – green parts only – chopped

Directions

  1. Cook the 1 Sweet PotatOH in the microwave according to package directions while you prep the bacon and green onions.
  2. Slice the potato into 1/4″ coins and arrange on a plate. Top each coin with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle the whole plate with bacon and green onions.

6 Gluten Free Summer Potato Salads

Need some gluten free summer salads for your next cookout or picnic potluck? We’ve got you covered.

Gluten in a salad? Yep! Those innocent croutons and bottled salad dressings often contain gluten ingredients, and that’s no good if you’re allergic or sensitive to gluten. We’ve got some easy, delicious gluten free summer salads to keep you eating healthy all summer long.

Here at Farm Fresh Direct, we love a big, hearty meal, but in the middle of a scorcher of a summer, sometimes a salad is just the thing to fill you up without heating up the house. Besides, who says a salad can’t be hearty?

Potatoes are the perfect addition to your summer salad to transform a bowl of greens into a filling dish. And the best part? Unlike croutons or bread sticks, potatoes are a naturally gluten free food. They’ve also got 8% of your daily fiber, and dietary fiber helps you feel full longer without so many extra calories.

Mayo Free Potato Salad

1. Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Mayonnaise isn’t the healthiest ingredient, and not all brands are gluten free. Next time you’re hankerin’ for some potato salad, try a mayo-free version instead. This recipe calls for mustard, and most are gluten free. If you’re not sure, you can check this list of gluten free mustards. Image Source: Go Dairy Free.

 

Mediterranean Savory Salad

2. Mediterranean Sun-Kissed Savory Salad

Filling potatoes tossed with fresh veggies and some tasty feta cheese? Yes, please! This salad is perfect for summertime, and all of the ingredients in this salad are naturally gluten free, and it’s filling enough to be a meal all on its own.

 

Three Potato Salad

3. Three-Potato Salad with Arugula

Who says that gluten free eating has to be boring? This three-potato salad combines sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and purple potatoes to make a hearty party in your mouth. Serve it up on a bed of tangy arugula for a gluten free feast. Image Source: Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

 

Sweet Potato Kale

4. Sweet Potato & Kale Salad with Pineapple

Savory greens and sweet pineapple pair up perfectly with plenty of chopped sweet potato. You can eat this colorful, gluten free salad as a main dish or serve it as a side. It’s great alongside grilled chicken or a grilled portobello mushroom.

 

Warm Spinach Salad with Smokey Pecans and Sweet Potato

5. Warm Spinach Salad with Sweet Potato

Not crazy for kale? Eat your greens with this filling spinach salad instead. This is another recipe that calls for mustard. Most mustard is already gluten free, but if you want to be 100% sure, click here for a list of gluten free mustards. Image Source: Amandeleine.

 

Warm Potato Salad (Thumb)

6. Warm Honey Mustard Potato Salad with Green Beans

This salad features seasonal green beans tossed with potatoes in a sweet and tangy gluten free dressing. Serve this as a side dish with chicken, fish, or beef. See the note in the previous recipe about choosing a gluten free mustard.

 

Planning a Cookout on 4th of July? Don’t Forget the Potatoes!

American Flags

July 4th is on Thursday, and that means firing up the grill! We’ve been talking about grilling a lot around here lately, but what fun is summer if you don’t cook lots of food outside over an open flame? No fun, that’s what!

This Independence Day, treat yourself to an grilled feast with plenty of healthy, hearty potatoes. Not only do potatoes bring a healthy dose of vitamin C to the table, but they’re a budget-friendly vegetable to flesh out your July 4th menu. That’s important if you’re planning a big ol’ cookout!

Also, remember that PotatOHs are a great shortcut to getting your potatoes ready for grilling. Throw them in the microwave and they’ll be cooked in just 4-7 minutes, cutting down grilling time and letting you enjoy more time with friends and family.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite potato sides, so no matter if you’re grilling a meat or veggie dish, there’s a great potato recipe to go with it. Enjoy!

 
Steak Sides

Steak or Pork

Balance out that heavy sirloin or pork chop with some lighter side dishes. Here are a few to try:

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Fresh Pineapple

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash

Fingerling Jubileez Salad

 
Chicken Sides

Chicken

There are so many ways to barbeque chicken, and these sides pair up well with almost any marinade.

Warm Honey Mustard Potato salad with Green Beans

Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

Mediterranean Sun-Kissed Savory Salad

 
Fish Sides

Fish

Whether you’re serving up a strong-tasting fish like salmon or something more mild like tilapia, these sides are sure to be a hit.

Bacon and Chive Potato Pancakes and Arugula Salad

Lemon Oregano Roasted Potatoes

Festive Papas Tapas

 

Veggie Sides

Veggies

Creating an all-veggie grilled smorgasbord? Try these filling side dishes.

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

Creamy Potato and Vegetable Casserole

 
Image Credit: Creative Common Flag photo via Hryck on Flickr
 

5 Healthy and Refreshing Cold Summer Soups

Vichyssoise Meal

These simple summer soups are as easy to make as they are delicious and healthy.

If you’ve never had a good, cold soup, the idea of slurping up chilled spoonfuls of broth might not sound too appealing, but cold soups can be a delicious addition to any light summer meal. During the steamy summer months when even the thought of eating anything hot can be just too much, a simple cold soup can even be a meal on its own with some crusty bread or a salad on the side.

It’s also still National Fruits and Vegetables Month, and cold soups are a delicious way to eat up the summer bounty of seasonal fruits and veggies.

You might wonder what potatoes have to do with cold summer soups. Potatoes actually make a creamy soup base that’s just as tasty chilled as it is hot. We’ve rounded up some crowd-pleassing summer soup recipes for you right here!

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

1. Watermelon Gazpacho

This is a fruitier spin on the traditonal Spanish soup. It uses all fruits that are in season right now: tomatoes, watermelon, and cucumber. You can make this dish a day in advance, so if you’re planning a cookout or summer garden party it’s a great time-saver.

Image Source: Food and Wine
 
Vichyssoise Soup

2. Classic Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise might sound pretty hoity toity, but this French soup couldn’t be simpler. It’s simply a pureed soup made with lots of good stuff: potatoes, leeks, and (of course!) heavy cream. It is French, after all!

Image Source: Fine Cooking
 
Green Pea Vichyssoise Soup

3. Green Pea Vischyssoise

Seasonal green peas are a delicious addition to the French classic. The peas add a touch of sweetness and turn your soup a gorgeous green. Drizzle on some olive oil, and you are in business!

Image Source: epicurious
 
Chilled Carrot Soup

4. Chilled Carrot Soup

This bright orange soup is rich, creamy, and satisfying, and the toasted breadcrumbs give it just the right amount of crunch. Make it a meal with some Irish potato cakes with sour cream sauce on the side.

Image Source: Martha Stewart
 
Coconut Curry Soup

5. Curried Sweet Potato Soup

You can serve this hearty, spicy soup hot or cold. If you’re planning to chill it, we suggest following the tip at the bottom of the recipe to thin it out, since it will thicken as it chills.

Image Source: foodfanatic
 
Cold soup not your cup of tea? We’ve got plenty of heart-warming hot soup recipes in our archives. Check ‘em out!

 
Creative Commons Vischyssoise photo via yoppy on Flickr