Garnishes Beyond Croutons

Chicken Noodle soup with Microgreens

Sisters Chicken Noodle with Microgreens

Unleash the Power of Nutritional Soup Toppings

Soup season is upon us, and while a steaming bowl of broth and vegetables is undeniably comforting, it can sometimes feel a little…well, basic. But fear not, fellow soup enthusiasts! There’s a whole world of flavor and nutrition waiting to be discovered in the realm of soup toppings.

Forget the tired croutons (although, there’s nothing wrong with a good classic!). Let’s delve into the exciting world of healthy and delicious toppings that can elevate your next bowl of soup from good to gourmet.

A Nutritional Powerhouse:

Soup is a fantastic source of hydration and essential vitamins and minerals. But by incorporating these toppings, you can take your soup’s nutritional profile to the next level:

  • Protein Punch: Add a sprinkle of toasted nuts or seeds like pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, or pine nuts for a satisfying protein boost.
  • Fiber Frenzy: Top your soup with a spoonful of cooked quinoa for a healthy dose of fiber.
  • Vitamin Vibrancy: Microgreens are tiny powerhouses of vitamins and minerals. A sprinkle of pea shoots,sunflower greens, or a microgreen mix adds a pop of color, flavor, and a hefty dose of nutrients.
  • Healthy Fats: A drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil, a dollop of avocado, or a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese adds healthy fats that keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Flavorful Fusion:

Beyond the nutritional benefits, these toppings can transform your soup into a symphony of taste and texture:

  • Creamy Contrast: A dollop of creamy ricotta cheese adds a luxurious touch to tomato basil soup.
  • Spicy Surprise: For a fiery kick, add a dollop of Sriracha or a sprinkle of chili flakes.
  • Crispy Crunch: Fried shallots or a crumbled parmesan crisp add a delightful textural contrast.
  • Herb Heaven: Chopped fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or basil bring a burst of fresh flavor.
Tomato Soup garnished with pumpkin seeds

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Soup Topping Inspiration:

Here are some topping combinations to inspire your next culinary creation:

  • Lemony Lentil and Potato Soup: Top the Blue Mountain Lentil and Potato soup with with crumbled feta cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and squeeze of fresh lemon.
  • Creamy Tortellini Soup: Top the Thorpellini Tortellini Soup with a dollop with ricotta cheese, a drizzle of pesto, and a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts.
  • Spicy Black Bean Soup: Add a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of chopped avocado, and a drizzle of chili sauce.

The Final Simmer:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different toppings! With a little creativity, you can turn a simple bowl of soup into a flavor sensation. So, ditch the boring and embrace the power of nutritional soup toppings. Your taste buds and your body will thank you!

 

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