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If You Hate Greens and Wish You Didn’t, Try This Soup

When I set out to make this soup, I wanted to use up the vegetables in my refrigerator. The result was a soup so good and so savory, the my sons asked me to make it again. They couldn’t believe I had included, in large amounts, the most bitter and vile tasting of all the greens in the universe — swiss chard! 

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I was practically doing cartwheels back to the soup pot to serve them more: Even after it’s boiled, cooked and pulverized, 1 cup of swiss chard contains 214% of your daily Vitamin A intake, 22% of your daily value of iron, and 110 milligrams of calcium. 

Wow.

And they liked it! And, it was simple and fast to make. 

I think you will too. And, if you know you should be eating more leafy greens for the health benefits, here’s a great soup to get you started.

Swiss Chard Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower. Fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 large bunch swiss chard, chopped, with stems
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 3 cups of vegetable, beef or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of dried turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt (add more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons ground pepper
  • Toppings: Sour cream or your favorite grated cheese. 
  • Optional: 1 cup or so of leftover raw or cooked vegetables from last night’s dinner. (This can be ANYTHING… I just happened to have an uncooked zucchini)
  • Optional: Two envelopes of unflavored gelatin. (To thicken soup and extra nutrition.) 
  • Heavenly option: Bacon
  1. In a stockpot, add oil, butter, cauliflower, onions, salt, turmeric, pepper and baking soda. If using bacon — saute bacon with vegetables. swiss chard001
  2. Simmer over medium high heat until vegetables begin to caramelize. 
  3. Add stock, and swiss chard and leftover vegetables.swiss chard002
  4. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, until vegetables are soft. 
  6. Using an immersion blender, (or use a blender and puree in batches), puree soup until all large chunks are gone. 
  7. Serve with cheese toppings and delight yourself in watching your kids drink this up! 

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