Heart-Healthy Soups and Starters
Chilled Lemony Pea Soup
This cold Lemony Pea Soup is a light and refreshing starter made for sipping. It's great when peas and mint are fresh and local, but works well with frozen peas, too.
Onion and Mushroom Soup
This hearty Onion and Mushroom soup combines the natural sweetness of caramelized onions with the nutlike flavor of wild rice.
Sweet Potato Chowder
Curry paste, coconut milk, and lemongrass give this soup an Asian twist. Look for all three ingredients in the Asian food section of your supermarket or at an Asian market.
Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups
The spinach and roasted red peppers combine for a bright, colorful filling. The high-fiber and high-protein beans create a very nutritious snack or starter.
Chevre and Tomato Spread
Goat cheese, with its intense flavor, is a delightful complement to dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Together, they make an ideal spread for entertaining or everyday snacking.
Colorados (Red Bean Soup)
The smoky flavor of ham teams with a medley of vegetables to make this low-fat bean-and-beef soup a standout.
Spicy Tofu Triangles
Tofu is right at home wrapped into wonton skins with intriguing Asian ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
If you like a mild salsa, use the banana peppers in this Fresh Tomato dip or topper. For a hot version, opt for one of the other pepper choices.
Minestrone is Italian for "big soup," and this one is big indeed -- full of zucchini, onion, and carrot.
Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup
The perfect balance of vegetable flavors in this creamy rich Roasted Fennel Soup (with just a hint of grapefruit) will have your guests asking for the recipe.
Take the plunge with carrots, celery, green pepper strips, broccoli flowerets, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber rounds. They're all yummy with this ranch dressing inspired dip.
Quick Hamburger Soup
Combine extra-lean beef and turkey breast for low-fat, but beefy, satisfying flavor.