I’ve always found comfort in a bowl of soup. I rarely tire of it and am fairly certain I could eat it every day of the year; in fact I think I’ve eaten soup almost every day this winter. I know that with spring approaching the “official” soup season will soon be ending, but frankly I see no reason to limit soup to just one season of the year. Who couldn’t use an easy way to get extra vegetables into your diet all year-round? Not to mention that a bowl of soup is ideal lunch fare; it’s easy to make a big batch for the week and just re-heat when needed.
What I have here for you today is the soup that I’ve been sipping on lately, especially when I’m feeling the need for some extra green in my diet. It’s a fairly simple affair, a silky smooth blender soup, in a rich shade of green.
The inspiration for this soup comes from Bieler’s broth, which if you haven’t heard of before is a simple soup often containing a combination of celery, zucchini, green beans and parsley created by Dr. Henry Bieler as a way to sooth digestion and heal the body while still nourishing it with much needed vitamins and minerals. Usually used as part of a cleanse or fast, the soup gets its silkiness from pureeing, which gives it a smooth texture soup without using any dairy, but it’s also a great base for making an easy vegetable packed soup.
I’ve added broccoli and spinach to mine along with garlic, green onions and a bit of olive oil to dial up both the nutrition and flavor. With no long simmering time, it’s a convenient way to make a fast and satisfying meal full of vitamins and nutrients. A quick simmer on the stove and into the blender it goes to get blitzed until silky and smooth.
I’ve made this soup at least once a week for the past few months and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, because this is the kind of good-for-you, comforting food you’ll want to eat all year-round.
(This post originally appeared in February 2012; post, recipe and photos have all been updated.)
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