Cozy Up with Kale Soup

Prep/Cook Time: 1 Hrs                                                                        

Servings: 6-8

 

INGREDIENTS: Always use organic when possible.

  • 1-2 Bunches of Fresh Kale (any variety is fine)
  • 8-10 Cups Soup Stock (Organic, Free-range Chicken or Vegetable)
  • 1 Medium Red or Yellow Onion (cut into 1-inch squared pieces)
  • 4 Celery Stalks (diced)
  • 4 Large Carrots (diced)
  • 4-6 Large Garlic Cloves (diced)
  • 4-6 Fresh or dried Basil Leaves
  • 1 Sprig Fresh or dried Rosemary
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Prep all of your vegetables.
  2. In a large soup pot, add in all the above ingredients and bring to boil over medium heat. (The slower you cook it the better)
  3. Cover and let simmer at low temperature for 20-30 minutes.

Note: You can never use too many ingredients in soups.  If you put too much you can always add water and spices to stretch it back out to soup consistency.  Optional ingredients: Barley, squash, chickpeas or other beans and legumes, your favourite fresh herbs, fresh lemon juice and/or fresh grated ginger root for a different flavor.

 

You Are What You Eat!

(A Short Bio on the Nutrient Density of the Main Ingredients)

Kale:                Researchers now identify over 45 different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that provide excellent support of your body’s natural detox system.  Good to include kale on a regular basis in your diet from the cruciferous family.  Steamed kale enhances its health promoting qualities, especially for those who need to lower their bad cholesterol.  Kaempferol and quercitin are excellent forms of antioxidants that help to relieve oxidative stress that may lead to more serious health problems including cancer.  Excellent source of Vitamin K, A & C, good sources of manganese, fibre, copper, tryptophan calcium, vitamin B6, potassium, and iron.  You will also find magnesium, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B2 & B1 & B3, folate, phosphorous and protein in Kale.

 

Soup Stock:    Contains calcium, magnesium, collagen, glycine, gelatin, phosphorous, silicon and many trace minerals that improve immune function, energy and bone density.  It also aids in digestion and gut health and helps to, not only deliver, but also utilise important nutrients that your body needs.  Broths are especially helpful for satisfying your body’s many cravings and are a superior way for people with fatigue, thyroid or adrenal problems to absorb minerals and regain strengthening energy.

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