I’ve been working on a lot of really indulgent, mega high-calorie desserts lately. I can’t help myself, I have a major sweet tooth. It’s high time that I start working one something kinder to our waistlines. What I love about my Green Garden Soup is that you can really add in any green veggies you like and somehow it always works.
This is super low calorie, so you can each a whole pot of this completely guilt-free. And believe me, there were a few occasions when I’ve come close! Whenever I feel like I need to detox a bit or whenever I have a cold, I always make this soup. It is creamy, flavorful and has about a million nutrients. It’s perfect.
I really recommend using a good blender or blend everything in small batches to ensure that the soup can reach a creamy consistency without adding any cream. You are welcome to, of course. I love adding coconut or almond milk to mine on occasion. I also sometimes like to have a bit of crusty bread on the side and top with a bit of Nutritional Yeast, which is a vegan version of Parmesan cheese. It’s delicious. And, if possible, get your vegetables at your local Farmer’s Market. It’s not a requirement, but I just love to support the local farmers and businesses in my local area.
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- 1 bunch of kale leaves
- 2 cups of sweet peas
- ½ onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cups of vegetable broth, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons rosemary
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- Roughly chop the broccoli, asparagus and kale leaves to bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Mince the onion and garlic and sautee in the extra virgin olive oil until fragrant.
- Add the vegetables and cook until softened.
- Transfer the vegetables to a blender and add the vegetable broth to help bring down the heat (You never want to blend anything that is hot unless you want soup all over your kitchen!). Blend until smooth and creamy - about 5 - 8 minutes, depending on your blender. If you are using an immersion blender, add the vegetable broth to the vegetables and blend in your pot.
- Transfer the soup back to your pot and add your herbs, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaf and serve immediately.