Even as the weather starts to warm up, I still love including healthy soups as part of my weekly meal prep.
Easy homemade soups is a great way to get in an extra serving or two of healthy, colorful veggies. When I look for healthy meal prep ideas, soup is one of my favorite things to include in my weekly meal plans. Soup is chock full of healthy vegetables, it’s easy to pack and reheat at work, and it usually freezes really well.
If you are meal prepping for just yourself it may feel like you are looking at a mountain of leftovers every week. Meal prep recipes like this green pea and mint soup allow you freeze some of the recipes so that you can eat the rest next month instead of eating the same thing over and over.
This Fresh Green Pea Soup with Mint is one of my absolute favorites.
Trips to the farmers market around this time of year always leave me inspired with a million different ideas. The availability of all the spring veggies as the weather starts to warm up has me craving recipes made with the season’s most flavorful vegetables.
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Creamy green pea soup highlights the fresh taste of Spring in a bowl. This soup uses two of my favorite spring vegetables – leeks and sweet spring peas. The mint in this soup gives it a fresh coolness that is perfect for pairing with sunny days. Green peas and mint is a classic English pairing, and it doesn’t disappoint in this fresh pea soup with mint.
The fresh mint in my garden has just started coming up, and peas will be coming around soon if you have never cooked with fresh spring peas I highly recommend that you give it a try this year. I am anxiously awaiting my peas this year for all the salad and soup recipes that I have planned.
How to make soup in under 20 minutes.
This homemade green pea soup recipe is easy to make all year round with frozen green peas. If you are like me you probably almost always have frozen green peas on hand. If you don’t have access to fresh peas or you are just craving a simple green pea soup when peas aren’t in season, rest assured frozen peas are a delicious substitute!
This green pea mint soup recipe is probably the easiest soup you could ever make. Start by sauteing your leeks in some unsalted butter. Then add peas and broth. Add your mint and greek yogurt and then hit the soup with an immersion blender.
Meal prep doesn’t get any easier than this.
You can make this soup vegan with just a few easy substitutions.
Stick with a vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and instead of butter use your favorite mildly flavored oil. My favorite is avocado oil. Avocado oil has a wonderful buttery taste, and it pairs well with all sorts of vegetables. Plus, it is excellent for cooking with higher temperatures so you can use it when roasting.
Use a vegan sour cream or yogurt. I also find that coconut cream is a great substitute for dairy in creamy soups.
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What are the best storage containers for meal prep?
Having the right storage containers are a must for successful meal prep.
For storing soups I love I love using 16 ounce deli containers. They are the perfect size for a hearty serving of soup. These meal prep containers are leak proof, so they are easy to transport. You can heat your soup in the container or dump it into a bowl before heating. These containers are inexpensive, and they don’t take up a ton of space in the cupboard. They freeze well, and you can wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher.
For non-soup meal prep, I also like to use bento style boxes that make portion control a no brainer. When you have everything ready, and you know storage is going to be a breeze you are more likely to be a success when you are planning.
An Immersion Blender is a necessity for meal prepping delicious creamy soups.Immersion blenders are relatively cheap and make quick work of pureed soups or mashed cauliflower. As a bonus, the immersion blend takes about 30 seconds to clean. Blenders and food processors are great but take forever to clean. Save yourself time and get an immersion blender.
Since we are talking about soup and healthy meal prep recipes here is my line up of soups that I come back to again and again.
Fresh Spring Pea Soup
- 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
- 4 Leeks chopped (white and lighter green parts only)
- 1 tbsp Kosher salt divided
- 6 cups Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
- 6 cups Uncooked green peas fresh or frozen
- 2 tbsp Fresh lime juice
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp Fresh mint minced (plus extra for garnish)
- Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.
- Add the leeks and 1 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently until leeks are softened, about 10 minutes.
- Add the broth and the peas to the soup pot; increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until peas are tender, about 5 minutes; stir in the lime juice, and the yogurt.
- Add the remaining 2 teaspoons salt, and mint.
- Puree soup in pot using an immersion blender (be careful not to splatter hot liquid) or puree in batches in a regular blender.
- Serve warm or chilled, garnished with mint (optional).
- Yields about eight 1 cup per serving.