This soup has magic properties.
Over-indulged much? This soup will make you feel better. It has detoxifying properties and is chock-full of all kinds of good-for-you stuff. Skin-glowing, more energy, make you rich kind of stuff. Okay, maybe not make you rich...
I made this soup on my last day at my sister's house and I can tell you that it is family-approved. I wasn't too sure how much we would like it because it is so healthy. Heck, it doesn't even have salt. I kid you not. And my sister, who does not like turnips, didn't even notice they were in there.
I did make two versions of the soup. I found that the original version (which I adapted from this recipe) is really good in addition to a full meal. Unfortunately for me, it just didn't have enough protein to keep me full on its own. So I got to thinking and I decided that throwing in some beans and olive oil would make it hearty enough to stand on its own. And it was.
Hearty Greens Soup
Ingredients - Version 1
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 turnip, peeled and chopped
1 medium sweet potato, chopped
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 large zucchini, trimmed and cut into pieces
1 bunch of curly kale, rinsed and drained
Handful of spinach leaves
Juice of 2 lemons
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
Follow directions above. But in addition, you will need -
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cooked tepary beans* or white northern beans
*I LOVE tepary beans. I discovered them this summer after going to a farmers' market in the Phoenix area. Tepary beans are native to the Southwest and have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. They have loads of protein and a lower glycemic index. Check with local whole foods stores or order them online.
1. After you have made the base for the Version 1, immediately add the cooked beans. Stir until the beans are incorporated.
2. Dish individual servings and drizzle with olive oil to taste (roughly a tablespoon). Stir well and enjoy warm.
Enjoy the goodness and cleansing power of all these vegetables. It's a gentle and healthy way to help detoxify the body.
Happy Monday, friends!
Happy Birthday, J
p.s. Shout-out to my goofy brother-in-law: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You may make it your life's goal to drive me crazy (hiding my tea, calling me names, trying to give me wet willies), but oddly enough, I kind of like you.
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