Spring green soup

Spring Green Soup

Welcome in Spring with this Spring Green Soup! It has a bright and refreshing flavor and is packed with nutrient dense veggies to support cellular function throughout the body. And it’s green, which comes from the chlorophyll in the plants. The phytonutrient that makes green foods supports liver detoxification, circulatory system, immune system and aids in tissue healing. Green is also beneficial for lowering blood pressure and free radical damage. Go ahead, slurp some green soup and boost your natural cleansing mechanisms.

Let me know if you make with your own spice blends, I’m always excited to try new combinations.

Alkalizing Spring Green Soup

A light refreshing soup to welcome in the new spring growth.
Prep Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus, cauliflower, dairy free, gluten free,, spring greens, zucchini
Servings: 8
Author: Chef Kim

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 cups zucchini chopped (a little extra as noodles for garnish)
  • 2 cups cauliflower chopped
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 pounds asparagus trimmed and chopped
  • ¼ c fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds or soaked almonds
  • 1 lemon, squeezed

Instructions

  • Use a little water to sauté the garlic, onion and celery.
  • Chope the vegetables into 1-2 inch pieces for even cooking. If you have extra zuchhini, spiralize or shred it and save it to add as garnish and texture.
  • When onion is soft add the chopped zucchini and cauliflower along with the broth, bring just to a boil and then turn down heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • The cauliflower should be just about tender, then add the asparagus and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Remove soup from the heat, let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the nuts or seeds to a blender with a cup or two of hot soup broth and blend until completely smooth.
  • Transfer soup to a blender, in batches, and blend until smooth. About 30-60 seconds. Returning to the pan.
  • Warm it through to serve, lighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and garnish with zucchini noodles or shreds. Enjoy!

Notes

I like to play with different spices and like to add curry or dill to this recipe. I also like it with a little orange juice and zest at the very end. So go ahead and try it different ways. The recipe is a basic template that you can tailor to your liking with your favorite flavor profiles.

 

Chickpea Hot Pot

This is a one pot meal, easy prep and then just wait for it to cook. The cook time will depend on the grain you use. Quinoa is quick cooking in about 15 minutes total, whereas, brown rice and farro will take about 30-40 minutes.

The picture is of the dish made with farro grain. Farro is an ancient Emmer wheat, so it does have gluten; however, it  has not been hybridized like traditional wheat is. Some people with sensitivities can tolerate the ancient grains with gluten (farro, spelt, einkorn) but have trouble with the traditional wheat. It is not suitable for those who have Crohn’s or a true allergy to gluten or wheat.

Chickpea Hot Pot

Easy one pot meal. This is delicious hot or cold.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, chickpea, farro, grain, kale, one-pot meal, quinoa, rice
Servings: 4
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • knife
  • dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2/3 c uncooked quinoa farro, or brown rice
  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 4 c vegetables broth
  • ½ c orange juice
  • 1 ½ c cauliflower small florets
  • 2 c kale chopped
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • If you use quinoa, everything can go in together at once, except kale. In a large pot, sauté onion in olive oil until the onion softens. Add the quinoa, chickpeas, broth, orange juice and cauliflower, stir well. Bring pot to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If using farro or rice, after sauteing onion, add grain and 2 cups of broth and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Then stir in the orange juice, remaining broth, cauliflower, chickpeas and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the kale at the end and cook for another 5 minutes until wilted. If the mixture gets too thick, add a little water. Season to taste.

 

Cauliflower Happiness + 3 Recipes

I’m sure the cauliflower farmers are happy with all the new cauliflower products out there (pizza, buffalo tenders, tortillas) and the push to substitute this bland low carbohydrate vegetable for potatoes and rice. But we can be happy as well, because it is easy to prepare and is a nutritional powerhouse boasting high amounts of vitamin C and B6, calcium, magnesium phosphorus and potassium, antioxidants and fiber. All this leads to improving memory, inflammatory response, blood pressure, cardiovascular risk and cancer reduction.

I love it and use it as a base for cream sauces, frozen and added to smoothies, and as the star of a crunchy turmeric salad. If you try these recipes, please leave a comment.

Creamy White Sauce / Gravy 

  • 4 cups cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1 cup yellow onion
  • 1-3 garlic cloves (how you like it)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup broth or plant milk
  • 1 T white miso
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (or thyme, oregano, marjoram)
  • pinch cayenne or black pepper to taste
  • For Gravy: 1 lb mushrooms, sliced

Add the cauliflower, onion, garlic and water to a pot, bring to a boil and turn heat down to low, cover for 10 minutes until cauliflower is very tender. When done cooking, add the mixture to a blender along with the cashews, broth/milk, miso, and seasonings. Let cool a bit so the heat doesn’t blow the top off the blender. 🙂  Blend for a full minute, scrape down the sides of container and blend for another 30 seconds. It should be thick and creamy.  Use this as a white sauce for noodles, over root vegetables to make a scalloped casserole, in a squash lasagna or to make creamed greens.  For a gravy, slice and saute mushrooms and another cup of chopped onions, and pour this sauce into the pan once the mushrooms have cooked and lost most of their moisture. Use the gravy over grains, cooked with lentils, on top of veggie burgers or as a Rague with kale, chard and collard greens.

Cauliflower Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup nut or oat milk
  • add in to your taste, some cinnamon & ginger, or maca & cacao

Blend everything until thick and smooth. Drink Up!

Turmeric Cauliflower Salad 

  • 4-5 cups cauliflower florets in bite size pieces
  • 2 T red onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (optional)
  • 1/2 cup veganaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric,(more to taste)
  • 1 T rice or cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Break up the florets and add to a mixing bowl along with the onion, celery and chickpeas. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the veganaise, turmeric, vinegar, mustard and pepper. Taste this and see if you’d like more turmeric. Stir this into the cauliflower mixture, tossing to coat everything with the dressing. chill and serve. Keeps for 5 days.