Kale is about to be in season which means you should find plenty of it at your local farmer's market. That's a good thing because this leafy green vegetable is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! It is chock full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help to fight disease and keep us feeling youthful.
There are many ways to sneak kale into your diet. You can chop it up and puree it in your favorite smoothie, scramble it with your morning eggs, sprinkle it on a salad, or cook it with your homemade soup recipe. I like the soup option best because it blends in so well with other ingredients and will keep you feeling full longer.
Below is my favorite kale soup recipe. When I cook this my husband gobbles it up and always goes back for more. Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. You will need:
2 Tbs olive oil
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium onions, chopped
6 cloves minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 lb of coarsely chopped kale (I remove the tough stems)
Salt, pepper, and cumin to taste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 lb of meat...this can be ground turkey, bulk sausage, shredded chicken, etc.
6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
Heat the oil in a deep stock pot over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and onion, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add in the garlic, bay leaves, and kale. Cover and wilt the greens for 2 minutes.
Season with the spices. Then add the beans, tomatoes, cooked meat, and broth. Bring the soup to a full boil. Reduce to medium and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until potatoes are tender.
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