Winter Warm Soup

When I crave a warm and comforting soup, the last thing I want to do is wait hours for it to be done.

I actually don't even want to make it at all.  Because it's so cold and I don't want to cook in the cold.  Even if cold for me in Orange County, CA means 65 degrees or anything under 70 really.

And because I am a California girl, the minute the weather gets a little chilly (under 70), I start dreaming of San Francisco Boudin Clam Chowder and feel so tempted to drive to the South Coast Plaza Boudin Cafe almost out of habit.

But, trying to build healthy habits while still eating warm and comforting soups like Boudin is not easy.

I found a recipe in my Healthy Family Meal Plans that is a super healthy swap for clam chowder and you can make it in just 30 minutes.

Super healthy because it's dairy free and Paleo.  And, in a way, it reminds me of clam chowder without the clammy taste.

Try this recipe and you won't even miss the bread bowl!


The Healthy Creamy Soup!

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth.

Here's Lime Coconut Fish Soup to warm you and your family up this chilly season.


This easy seafood soup is so nutritious and filling – it’s packed with healthy foods like white fish, coconut milk and even acorn squash which is a “powerhouse” veggie you might not be eating.  And in this recipe, the acorn squash is going to make it seem like your eating a hearty soup with potato in it.  But healthier!


Health Benefits of Acorn Squash

Acorn squash has Vitamin C in it for those cold winter months, that proves eating what's in season can really boost your immune system.

Plus, there is even protein in acorn squash which makes this creamy fish soup not only comforting but fat burning and muscle building with the help of the vegetables and the fish.

Benefits of Acorn Squash
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Just take a look at how veggie loaded this soup is:

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Omega-3 Mood Boosting Fish

Though in winter there is less sun and most of the time we hunker down inside our house. Eating fish during gloomy and chilly season will boost your mood due to its Omega-3  fats and vitamin D which you get from the sun.

And if you invite the kids to cook with you in the kitchen.  Your whole family will be in a better mood because you get to spend more time together learning a life skill while bonding, and you can get dinner on the table faster and with less stress.


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The first time I made this soup, the kids were busy playing.  But this is a picture of the second time we had this soup for dinner.  We had it because it was their idea to put it on the menu and it was so yummy, they wanted to be “in charge” and cook it.

I knew it was an easy recipe to make, so I let them.  And all I had to do was supervise.

Kids in the Kitchen

Often times, we think that inviting our kids into the kitchen will just make too much a of a mess or will take even longer to cook, or you'll just end up get stressed out and frustrated.

Well, I thought that too.  Because, I totally admit that I am a control freak sometimes (or lots of times), and I thought it would just be better if I cooked dinner myself.

Well, I was wrong!  I was even wrong when I thought the kids were too little to help cook when they were toddlers.  I did (with hesitation) let my toddlers help me in the kitchen and today, I am so glad I did.

All of those messes, splashes, not so well done help in the kitchen by my toddlers has paid off BIG TIME!

I now have children that want to take charge of making meals while feeling empowered and confident in the kitchen.

Sure, the kids still rather play than cook.  But sometimes, like days like this, with simple recipes like this one, they will take charge and make dinner for my husband and I while we relax and just chat with them about their day.


Doesn't this soup kind of look like clam chowder?  Well, it's now your 30 minute healthy swap for clam chowder on a chilly day.

And to save even more time, cut and store the acorn squash on your weekend meal prep day.  I did, so we (or I should say the kids) could get this weeknight dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Lime Coconut Fish Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large onion ,chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic ,minced
  • 2 large stalks celery ,chopped
  • 1 small acorn squash ,cubed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 large lime ,zested
  • 1 pound fresh firm white fish fillets ,chopped

Cooking Instructions:

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. To the oil, add the next 4 ingredients (onion through squash). Cook for 5 minutes, until fragrant.

To the vegetable mix, add the next 5 ingredients (coconut milk through lime zest). Cover soup, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Uncover pot and simmer for 10 minutes, then add the fish. Stir and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serve warm.

Note: My favorite place to buy most of these pantry ingredients at the lowest price that gets delivered to your door is here at Thrive Market.


More Winter Soup Recipes To Warm You Right Up!

These are recipes from my blogger friends who contributed to “The Casual Veggie Cookbook” with me. Great gals! Collaborating with them has felt like a party!!! Who knew celebrating veggies could be so much fun!

Here's our latest fun we had together… sharing Winter Soup Recipes with YOU.  Enjoy!
Note: These recipes are veggie filled but not all are gluten free or Paleo.



The Delicious Balance, Butternut Squash Soup

Pumpkin and Peanutbutter, Cauliflower Leek Soup with Crispy Burrsels Sprouts

A Southern Grace, Chili Out

Where is My Spoon?, Sunchoke Soup with Bacon

Craving Something Healthy, Polish Mushroom Soup with Barley

Key Ingredients, Slow Cooker Bund Lentil Soup

Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen, Root Vegetable Stew

And check out the cookbook we created together in this picture below…

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