Happy New Year, friends!
What did you do this year to celebrate? As we are on the lower key side of life these days and find it difficult to stay up until midnight, no less do it with merriment, we made tacos and watched Killing Eve (which by the way is a bonkers show that I highly recommend – Jodie Comer is strange and brilliant). Now that we’ve officially greeted 2019 though, the big question is WHAT’S FOR DINNER? And when leaving all the indulgence of 2018 behind us and making promises (however futile they might be) to be better versions of ourselves in the new year, I find that we always seem to turn to something green.
That term – it just evokes a sense of vibrancy, wellness, and healthy bad-assery that makes me think I can take on the world – or at least the work week. Typically green goddess is a salad dressing containing light, springy herbs, anchovies, and copious amounts of mayonnaise, so to say I’m taking some liberties here is beyond fair. But honestly, it’s the feeling that I’m truly after, because at the start of something brand new what else do we really have to go on? So before we get into the grind of the year I’d like to focus on how I’d like to feel in it. And you know what? I’d like to feel like a G-D green GODDESS. Of course we’ll see where we are by frigid mid-February, but on this first day of the new year I’m hopeful for what’s to come.
Winter Green Goddess Soup
This soup is all things green, but still appropriate for the chillier winter months. It’s light enough to make you feel downright saintly, but hearty and flavorful enough to keep those detailed hunger-induced murder scenarios involving various co-workers who keep stealing your favorite pens at bay (just me?). Plus don’t you just want to make Winter Green Goddess Soup because it sounds so delightful – like something straight out of the Chronicles of Narnia? Rich fantasy life or not though, this soup is hilariously easy to make and ticks all the new years’ resolution boxes (if you’re the sort who makes those), while actually being something you might want to eat even after the rosy glow of good intentions has worn off.
But if you’re like me and don’t really do the whole resolution thing, remember that green is usually still a good sign of great things to come. Happy New Year!
Winter Green Goddess Soup
Winter green goddess soup is a hearty, healthy, and easy way to get all your greens in before you find the donuts, cookies, etc.
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 20 Minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 6 Servings
- Category: Soup
3 small white or yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 T olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, sliced
5 scallions, roughly chopped
6 cups chopped kale
6 ounces baby spinach
4 C vegetable broth
2 C water
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp kosher salt
2 C parsley, lightly packed
2 C basil leaves, lightly packed
2 tsp lemon juice
1 14 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Place potatoes in a microwave safe bowl along with a tablespoon of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2-4 minutes or until potatoes are tender – shaking the bowl halfway through. Set aside
Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat and add the onions, garlic, and ginger along with a pinch of salt. Cook until onions become soft and translucent – 5-7 minutes.
Add the scallions, kale, spinach, salt, and cumin. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the kale is wilted.
Stir in the broth and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the basil, parsley, and lemon juice.
Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender or in the jar of a traditional blender.
Return soup to pot and add white beans and potatoes. Season to taste and serve.
Chickpeas would be a fine substitute for white beans
Keywords: detox soup, healthy recipe