soups for syria!

To leave or to stay? Many Syrian and Iraqi families face that question as conflict rages around them. International humanitarian assistance is dwindling. The patchwork of resources they rely on is wearing thin. To leave is to risk their lives over dangerous land and sea. It means not knowing whether the country they arrive at will open its doors. But to stay is also a great risk.

As someone who lives a blessed life in one of the wealthiest countries on earth, the problems and struggles I deal with on a daily basis are put into perspective by this crisis. I can’t imagine fleeing my house to travel miles and miles over the Canadian prairies, on foot, with nothing but what I can carry. 

This perspective reminds me to be thankful for the comfort that I live in. The peace and safety of my country. But it also reminds me that I have much I can give. So much more is needed, but that should not stop me from doing what I can.

Out of that reminder, this recipe book was borne: a book of soups, compiled from some of the best recipes I’ve had the pleasure of trying. In exchange for making a donation to the relief efforts MCC is accomplishing, you will receive the ebook.


Here’s a powerful incentive: the Canadian government will match the donation. 

Where the Donations Are Going

You may not have heard of the Mennonite Central Committee, because they spend little on advertising. They pride themselves on spending under 20% of their expenses on advertising and administration (on par with the highest-rated charities). But when it comes to major disasters like this, they earmark donations so that 98% goes directly to the heart of the crisis.

MCC has 27 ongoing projects delivering emergency relief in Syria and Iraq. They provide food and rent assistance through local partners, as well as essential items such as relief and hygiene kits, clothing and kitchen supplies. They also support peacebuilding work, education for displaced children, trauma healing and will provide supplies to keep people warm in the coming winter. 

So please, buy this recipe book! Your enjoyment of these soups will pale in comparison to the help your money (and the Canadian government’s!) will do overseas.

  • 26 recipes are gluten-free
  • 13 are vegan

Recipes include:

  • African Peanut Soup (Smart Nutrition)
  • Caldo de Pollo (Veggie Balance)
  • Cauliflower Celery Root Soup (My Menu Pal)
  • Chipotle Chicken, Butternut Squash Soup (Destination Delish)
  • Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili (Food, Pleasure, & Health)
  • Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Smart Nutrition)
  • Creamy Broccoli Soup (Meal Makeover Moms)
  • Creamy Cabbage Soup (Carrots and Cake)
  • Delicata Squash Soup with Chinese Five Spice (Sharon Palmer)
  • Easy Thai Shrimp Soup (Damn Delicious)
  • Freekah Cabbage Soup (RDN Mommy)
  • Hearty Vegetable and White Bean Soup (Dietitian Debbie Dishes)
  • Homemade Tomato Soup (Pinch of Yum)
  • Kale, White Bean, and Sorghum Soup (Nutrition Starring You)
  • Lemon Fish with Broccoli & Pasta (Christy Wilson Nutrition)
  • Moroccan Root Veggie Stew (Katie Cavuto, RD)
  • Parmesan Mushroom Soup (Smart Nutrition)
  • Pumpkin Soup (How to Feel Like A Catalan)
  • Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup with Moroccan Chermoula (Eat Chic Chicago)
  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup (Abby Langer Nutrition)
  • Roasted Red Pepper Tortilla Soup (Cookie and Kate)
  • Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (Happy Healthy RD)
  • Slow Cooker Pumpkin Stew (Your Choice Nutrition)
  • Smoky Corn Chowder (Smart Nutrition)
  • Spiced Pork Posole (My Bottomless Ex-Boyfriend)
  • Spicy Three Bean Chili (The Grateful Grazer)
  • Sweet Potato Curry and Apple Soup (Homemade Nutrition)
  • Sweet Potato Soup (Nutty Nutrition & Fitness)
  • Thick n Delicious Chicken Corn Chowder (Getty Stewart)
  • Tomato Carrot Soup (The Crowded Table)
  • Turkish Red Lentil Soup (Real Mom Nutrition)

A special shoutout to all these generous bloggers who contributed recipes! 


Step One: Make a donation (suggested amount: $10)

Make your donation here!


Step Two: Download your copy

download the e-book!

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8 Comments on “soups for syria!”

  1. Hi Jessica,
    Thank you for coordinating this great effort and inviting me to participate. The book looks fantastic, can’t wait to try all those delicious soups.

  2. These recipes look great! Can’t wait to try some of them. And may I say there’s some great music going on with the videos – I must have listened to Mango pork picante 5 times just to keep listening to the music. Lol.

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