sunday’s soups… a soup popeye would be proud of
who doesn’t remember popeye and his endless cans of spinach?? this soup reminded me of him even though it doesn’t actually have spinach in it – the sheer amount of hearty dark leafy greens in this soup would make any mother proud! i wasn’t really sure i was going to like this soup, but it turned out spectacularly!
i had been rummaging around in my cook books digging around for new recipes to try and came across one called autumn greens soup in a great book, power foods. the bright green color combined with the gorgeous autumnal kale i’ve been drooling over in the markets lately made this soup the perfect fit! another great aspect to this soup in terms of my life right now is that it helps keep me on track with one of my new goals, which is to only eat meat once a day so that i eat more veggies! i ate this for a week straight for lunch and felt light, energetic, and satisfied all week! i of course used my homemade chicken stock with it instead of veggie stock and made other changes, basically just using the actual recipe as a roadmap. it is a nutritional power house i will definitely be making again!
makes roughly 8-10 servings
1 bunch each, shredded: kale, mustard greens, swiss chard (white). chop up the stems as well
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 green onions
4 garlic cloves
4 yukon gold potatoes, chopped
2 qts chicken stock
1 t dried ginger
1/4 t fresh thyme
1/2 t fresh rosemary
2 T sugar
1/2 t cayenne
salt & pepper
start by sauteing the sweet onion, garlic and dried ginger in olive oil until they are soft. add the potatoes and saute another minute or so. add in the stock, the thyme, rosemary, and all the greens and bring to a boil. simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.
allow the soup to cool a bit, then puree in small batches in a blender, adding in pieces of the avocado in each batch. to finish, add the sugar, cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste.
top it all off with some fresh parmesan and pine nuts to give it the perfect finishing touch!