3 Warm Water-Based Recipes to Keep You Well This Winter

3 Warm Water-Based Recipes to Keep You Well This Winter

Are you feeling under the weather? Craving warm, soupy meals this season? Great news: staying hydrated can help you feel and stay well this winter. This means soups galore! However, making your warm water-based meals with filtered water can make a huge difference in how delicious and satisfying they turn out.

Heavy metals, minerals, and other contaminants cangreatly affect the taste and flavor of food. That's why we recommend using water filtered with our 5-stage filters. They remove virtually all total dissolved solids (TDS) from your tap water, more than other 2-stage filtration brands. Even better, our filters are NSF-certified to reduce lead, chromium, PFAs/PFOs, and other contaminants while delivering the purest-tasting water for delicious meals all season long.

Here are three warm water-based recipes you make to stay hydrated and well this winter.

Easy DIY Vegetable Broth

In these chilly winter months, there’s nothing better than a warm and soothing broth. Use this recipe to make homemade veggie broth in less than 30 minutes.

You will need:


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large stock pot or dutch oven over high heat.

  2. Bring to a boil for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat, strain out the vegetable scraps, and reserve the broth.

  4. Use immediately for the next two recipes on this list. Or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Pro tip! Save vegetable scraps from your usual cooking routine in a resealable plastic bag and keep it in the freezer. When your bag is full, use those scraps to make this homemade broth for an easy low-waste alternative to store-bought vegetable broth.

6-Ingredient Pea Soup

Keep your immune system strong and robust with a Vitamin C-rich pea soup. This tasty 6-ingredient soup can be combined with the vegetable broth from the first recipe and makes for a fast, easy, and deliciously creamy lunch or dinner for those colder days.

You will need:

  • 1 (32 oz.) bag frozen peas

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (use the recipe above!) or 2 cups filtered water from a ZeroWater filtration device

  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 medium red onion (diced)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or filtered water from ZeroWater to make it oil-free)

  • 1 tbsp Himalayan salt (or sea salt)

  • Black pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Warm the olive oil or filtered water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add the red onion and sauté until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook for one more minute.

  3. Pour in the frozen peas and vegetable broth or filtered water from ZeroWater. Cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat until the peas have defrosted.

  4. Remove from heat and set aside 1/4 cup of the onion, garlic, and pea mixture. Transfer the rest to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

  5. Return the blended mixture to the pot and add the unblended onion, garlic, and peas. Add salt and pepper. Heat for another 3-5 minutes or until the desired temperature is reached.

  6. Serve immediately with freshly sliced bread, crackers, or salad. Or store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 3 months.

Pro tip! Make a larger portion of the soup, split it in half, and freeze some so you can enjoy it now and enjoy more later.

Easy Vegetable Pho

There’s nothing more warming on a cold winter day than a big Vietnamese-style pho soup. Try this easy, beginner-friendly pho for a hydrating and nutritious meal.

You will need:

  • 8 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable broth OR 8 cups of water from a ZeroWater filtration device

  • 3 star anise

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1/4 cup cilantro stems (chopped)

  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and diced)

  • 1 tbsp peppercorn (whole)

  • 1 tsp cloves (whole)

  • 7 oz. rice noodles

  • Vegetables and/or meat of choice

  • Salt to taste (optional)


  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, without oil, heat the star anise, whole peppercorn, and garlic over low heat for 1 minute or until fragrant.

  2. Add the broth OR water filtered by ZeroWater, along with the ginger and cilantro.

  3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl removing the anise, peppercorn, garlic, ginger, and cilantro. Return the broth to the stock pan over medium heat.

  5. Add the vegetables and/or meat and heat until they reach desired tenderness. If including meat, cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked.

  6. Add the rice noodles and cook for 1 minute.

  7. Using a tong first for the noodles and then a ladle for the stock, divide evenly among serving bowls.

  8. Serve immediately with your favorite condiments.

Pro tip! Make your pho even more interesting and delicious by adding a variety of vegetables like bok choy, mushrooms, snow peas, and edamame.

Take your winter recipes to the next level with a ZeroWater filter.

ZeroWater’s 5-stage water filtration devices help you and your family enjoy delicious-tasting meals all year round. With its advanced ion exchange technology, our filters remove 99.6% of total dissolved solids (TDS) like lead, chromium, asbestos, and PFAs/PFOs from tap water. The result is delicious water without the aftertaste or unwanted elements. Give yourself and your family the best. Check out our complete line of 5-stage filtration devices to find the best device for you.

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