Winter Green Soup

To beat the winter blues in Melbourne, I decided to whip up a quick soup the other day as it was the only thing I could think of to warm me up on a freezing cold afternoon. This is a really light and refreshing soup that is super easy to make and is very versatile – chuck in whatever is in the fridge.

I usually go for the old pumpkin or mixed veggie tomato based soup but I decided to venture out to the garden to pick some kale and use the leftover greens in the crisper and then this happened…

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Winter Green Soup

(serves 4 for a light meal)

1 tbsp oil of choice (I used EVOO)
1/2 brown onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large sticks of celery, chopped
2 potatoes, washed and chopped
1/4 white cabbage, shredded
1/2 bunch kale, washed
10 brussel sprouts, cut in half
1/2 cup green peas, frozen
2 tbsp miso paste (optional)
1 litre vegetable stock or water (I used water)
1 tbsp lemon rind (1 lemon approx)

To serve, optional 
Yoghurt
Lemon Juice
Pine Nuts
Cooked quinoa
Cooked beans

Method
1. Prepare and chop all ingredients and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 2 minutes until soft, then add garlic.
3. Add the celery, cabbage, kale and potatoes and sweat down until soft (approx 5 mins).
4. Add the miso paste and coat all the vegetables.
5. Add water/stock, brussel sprouts, peas, lemon rind and bring to the boil.
6. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are soft/hard – whatever tickles your fancy! I like mine with a bit of crunch still.
7. Serve in bowls with a squeeze of lemon juice and some pine nuts for crunch.

Notes
– To make this more of a meal, I’d add some quinoa, beans or some type of protein to fill you up.
– Leave the squeeze of lemon until last as it changes the vibrancy of the green vegetables, making them dull.
– Eat straight away as the green vegetables loose their colour quite quickly and it become less aesthetically pleasing to the eye (yet more tasty the longer you leave it).
– I like to have mine with some toasted pine nuts for extra crunch and flavour!

 

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