There is nothing quite like a hearty vegetable grain soup to calm the mind, body, and soul. This vegan, gluten-free French Wild Rice Vegetable Soup is packed with the flavors of France, including the classic vegetable pairing of mire poix (carrots, onions, and celery), along with zucchini, tomatoes, leeks, wild rice, and French herbs. I bought a package of wild rice from Minnesota, where it is still harvested by local Native American farmers, and used it in this recipe. You can find whole grain, fiber-rich wild rice in most supermarkets and online too.
This soup is the perfect accompaniment for a sandwich or salad any time of the year. Packed with fiber and nutrients, it can power up your day. It’s excellent packed away for lunches, for young and old alike, and it’s wonderful to enjoy all week long. During the winter, my favorite strategy is to make a big pot of vegetable-based soup, such as this French Wild Rice Vegetable Soup, and then enjoy it warmed up all week long.
With only 8 ingredients, you can make this soup easily. Throw it together in just a few minutes, and let it bubble while you are preparing the rest of your meal. You can also use an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker to get it done even faster with less worry. Another benefit: Studies show that eating a plant-based soup before meals helps fill you up and lessen your intake for the rest of the meal. Another good reason to put a pot of soup on today!