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.

 

Meal bowl

Build Wellness Meal Bowls That Stretch Your Budget

Wellness bowls are a quick way to build a nutrient dense and delicious meal in a bowl.  If you plan leftover ingredients, building wellness bowls are easy and budget friendly. So save any leftover shredded greens, grilled vegetables, cooked grains and sauces and you’ll have what it takes to build a wellness bowl. Think of wellness bowls as composed meals in a bowl, made in the same fashion you would build a salad at a salad bar. It’s totally up to you how many options you put out to choose from. Consider ingredients based on a theme or flavor profile. Before shopping, take into consideration the seasonality and availability of ingredients, and of course, pick items you like. Remember, the freshest and most nutrient dense foods will be in-season and locally grown. 

To get you started, choose and ingredient from each category below and experiment with different dressings and sauces.

Plant proteins: beans, lentils, split peas, nuts, mung bean sprouts, seeds, tofu, tempeh

Grains & Starchy Vegetables: amaranth, faro, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, quinoa, rice, winter squash, sweet potato, potato, whole grain and rice pasta

Greens: sprouts, micro-greens, arugula, lettuce variety, cabbage, kale, bok choy, chard, collards, spinach, watercress

Non-starchy Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, fennel, jicama, mushrooms, onions, radish, snow peas, snap peas

Non-sweet fruits: avocado, bell pepper, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini

Fresh Herbs, Spices, Toppings:  basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, chives, garlic, ginger, ground flax, nutritional yeast, toasted nuts & seeds, spice blends

Condiments & Dressings: chutney, pesto, pickles, raw kraut, salsa, tapenade, creamy or vinegar based dressing, Braggs aminos, citrus, hot sauce, tamari, balsamic vinegar, tahini dressing

To prepare each ingredient, you decide how simple or involved you want to get. For example, the protein can be as easy as opening a can of cooked garbanzo beans or as involved as boiling, marinating and pan sauteing tempeh. Greens can be raw, shredded, sauteed or even roasted or grilled. Vegetables and non-sweet fruits can also be raw, shredded or spiraled or cooked by steaming, roasting, sauteing or grilling. Adding herbs and toppings bring a bright freshness and pop of flavor to the dish. The condiments and dressings will pull the flavors together for a deliciously composed meal.

Finally, I’ll share one of my favorite Wellness Bowl combinations. First, I place a cup of arugula in the bottom of a bowl and add a scoop of quinoa that is cooked in coconut milk in the middle.  Then around the quinoa, I place scoops of sliced crimini mushrooms that I marinate in coconut aminos, sprouted mung beans or lentils and steamed broccoli and bok choy.  I top it off with cilantro and mango chutney. Yum!
Try your own combination and let me know how you like it!