Soups can be the best dinner ever. You can make them the day before or days before and freeze. And you can pack in so many healthy ingredients in there. But they have to be hearty and substantial if that is all you are making. One of the best I have made comes from the Canadian Living Cookbook that I was given when I got married. Lot's of good and reliable treasures in this book. I am going to give you the recipe for Main Dish Minestrone, but I like the variation with sausage and lentils.
2T olive oil, 2 T butter, 1/2 lb pork sliced, 1 lg onion chopped, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1/2 cup each of celery, green pepper and carrot all chopped, 2 T parsley chopped, 1/2 t dry basil and dry thyme, 1 bay leaf, s and p, 1 19 oz tin of chopped tomatoes, 4 c of stock, 2 c of kale chopped (great way to get that in) 1.5 cups lentils.
In large saucepan, heat oil and butter and add sausage and brown. Then add onion, garlic, celery, carrot and green pepper. Cook until softened a little. Add herbs, s&p. Stir in tomatoes and stock. Bring to a boil and add lentils. Cover and simmer for 45 mins. Then add kale and simmer 5 mins more...Buy a crusty loaf of bread and enjoy!!!