It was one of those days. Heading into the grocery store, I saw the container of greens marked POWER GREENS and I was suddenly craving greens! I grabbed them as quickly as I could. I had been feeling a little stuffy during the night and I think my body was trying to tell me that I needed some super foods to fight off whatever was going on. The funny thing about changing your diet, making it cleaner and greener, is that your body really does tell you what it needs.
I didn’t have recipe but I did have some of my husband’s awesome homemade chicken broth and with the weather as cold as it’s been knew I had to make a yummy warming soup.
Power Greens and Homemade BrothPower Greens Super Food Soup (aka cold buster!)
The good news about this soup is that you don’t need to chop things nicely. In the end, I blended it all up so a rough chop works! And saves time…it’s the little things!
1 TB butter
1 leek – white part, thinly chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 carrots – chopped
1 celery stalk
1 yellow onion
2 Yukon Gold potatoes – I cut mine in half, then in half again and then into quarters
1 quart chicken or veggie broth
1 – 5 oz mix of power greens – you can also use whatever greens you find on hand at the store if they don’t have a mix – kale, chard, and spinach are some good ones
Put the olive oil and butter (can omit butter but I like the richness it gives the veggies) in a pot and heat. Next add the leek, carrots, celery, and onion. I hold off on the garlic because I don’t want it to burn. Saute the veggies for about 5 minutes. Then, add the garlic and give it a stir. Give the mixture a pinch or two of salt and some black pepper, stir it up and then add the potatoes. I saute this mixture for another 2 minutes. Add the stock and cover bringing to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce and simmer until the veggies are cooked – about 15 – 20 minutes. Now add the greens. These take a couple of minutes to cook. Then, either pour soup into a blender or use an immersion blender.
I finished mine of with a squeeze of lemon. I didn’t have any herbs but parsley and basil would have been nice and bright in this soup. Next time! I hope you enjoy!