It's cold... and rainy... and all I want to do is curl up on my couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl full of nanaimo icecream green, healthy, healthy soup.
Must stay away from icecream.
I feel like all I am making these days are soup. I made soup on the weekend. I made soup for lunch yesterday I made soup today (which I am sharing with you). You must think all I ever eat is soup. So not true. I also eat muffins... and biscotti.
This soup just oozes healthiness. Its green... and has broccoli, leeks, spinach and potatoes in it. It is creamy and delicious and it doesnt even have any cream in it. Shocking I know. You cant get any more healthy then that!
Recipe: Leek Soup with Added Greens
2 medium leeks chopped
1 medium onion chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in small cubes
1 head of broccoli chopped and stems peeled*
1-2 handfuls of spinach
3-4 cups vegetable stock or chicken broth
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp olive oil (for sauté-ing)
* make sure to peel the stems and only include the soft green interior, the exterior will not puree and will have a tough texture
Sauté leeks and onions until they become translucent and soften. Add potatoes and sauté for 1-2 mintues.
Add water or stock to just cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer until the potatoes are tender (can be pierced easily with a fork); about 15-20 min.
Add broccoli. Cook for an extra 8 min on med-low heat being careful not to overcook so broccoli does not lose its bright green colour. Turn the soup off and add the spinach. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cool slightly and purée mixture in a blender. Garnish with chives and parmesan. Or with croutons. Or with festive little yogurt hearts.