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Whole30 Day 9: Soup’s On!

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Despite working all day at the office and coming home to demanding in-laws and bickering children, my mom somehow always found the time to whip up an elaborate supper. Our spread would predictably include at least four entrées, steamed white rice, and a pot of simmering soup to end our meal. And on weekends, when all of my uncles and aunts would gather at our house for dinner, my mom would make a feast of ten or more dishes — but she never forgot about the soup.

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She did this every night. All from scratch. Her epic meals were one of many ways she showed us her love.

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Now that I’m a mom, I’m taking a page out of my mother’s playbook and fixing up steaming bowls of homemade soup for my family. And when I do, I get the warm fuzzies, thinking back to my mom’s nightly kitchen ritual. (Ai ya! Did I just admit that I want to be like my mother? Shhh! Don’t tell her.) Melissa Joulwan recently described soup as a “big pot of warm hug,” and I couldn’t agree more. Everyone should take the time to cook a nourishing meal for their loved ones — and luckily, a pot of soup is a simple and economical way to do it.

Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere (Hi Jude!), I bet conditions are pretty nippy in your neck of the woods. Even where I live — the temperate San Francisco Bay Area — the mercury has been dipping into the low 30s. Every time I step outside and feel like I’ve walked into a freezer, I start craving steamy bowls of soup to warm me from the inside out.

What are some great Whole30-friendly soups to make tonight?

One of my favorites is Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup. It’s super quick and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. 

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Plus, you can beef it up (pun intended) with any leftover protein to get a complete one bowl meal.

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Other Whole30 super soups from the interwebs include:

And don’t forget to check out this jackpot of Paleo soup recipes from Punchfork.

Now it’s your turn: Which meals make you miss your mommy?