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Monday, December 14, 2015

winter detox soup

Colds and strep have been cycling around the family for weeks, and today when my daughter asked for a spicy green soup for her third bout with strep, I reached for all those familiar herbs and spices we use so often in winter:  fresh ginger root, garlic, thyme (but then, I put thyme in EVERYTHING), sea salt, and dill.  Sometimes a few splashes of hot sauce find their way into a soup, but not today.

We always have bags and bunches of kale and arugula, scallions and potatoes, onions and frozen stocks, but lacking a vegetarian stock, I used the seasoned vegetable base she had from Better than Bouillon, then added a little chicken stock after I ladled out her portion.

SO good!  On my second cup as I look out the window at the freezing sleet blanketing the sidewalk, happy to be warm and inside today, then a smile as I see Stuart Little at the top of the Christmas tree in his wee little canoe - and far from the reaches of two year old Noah.  

winter detox soup

2 heaping cups of russet or red potatoes, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon thyme
1 large peeled garlic clove, cut in half
several sliced scallions, greens included
a small chunk (about an inch) of fresh ginger, unpeeled

Place the potatoes, onion, thyme, garlic, scallions, and ginger in a pot and cover with water.  Bring to a low boil and cook until the potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.

When potatoes are soft, remove pot from heat and add:

a large tablespoon Better than Bouillon vegetable paste or chicken base
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
kosher salt to taste- I added two little pinches
2 handfuls of arugula.  If they have stiff stems, remove them before tossing into the pot.
2 large handfuls of packaged kale - mine was already de-stemmed and torn
1 teaspoon dried dill

Cook until the greens are soft, then puree in a blender, adding more stock or water if it seems too thick.  Taste carefully before serving.  
Enjoy - and stay healthy!


La Table De Nana said...

I remember Staurt:)
Still the nasties hanging about..hope everyone feels 100% soon..what a holiday season here Katrina.Grey dull and mild and snowless:(

La Table De Nana said...

That would be Stuart.

katrina said...

Thank you Nana - I sure hope there's an end in sight to these merry-go-rounds - except they're not so merry for those stricken......
Oh, hope you have a nice fluffy (and long) snowstorm so you can feel cozy and Christmasy. Actually, I hope we get the same, I do love snow.

Anonymous said...

Made this soup for lunch today, minus the herbs I didn't have on hand - wonderful! I'm looking forward to the ample left overs later in the week.

Thanks for sharing,


katrina said...

Ceci - thanks for your feedback - but the herbs and spices give it an extra kick! Delighted you liked!