Nutrient rich Super Food Soup

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 litres of vegetable stock
  • 100g watercress
  • 4 tbsp fresh mint, coriander or parsley. Roughly chopped
  • ½ -1 tsp wheatgrass or spirulina powder (to taste)
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled, de-stoned and cut into rough chunks

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  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 plump garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 300g frozen peas
  • 50g kale
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (pea or soya bean)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of warming, comforting soup. This spring green soup is crammed with nutrients; a great recipe perhaps to help detox from the excesses of the Christmas season!

It is also easy to make and tastes great too! You have peppery notes from the watercress, sweetness from peas, freshness from fresh herbs and earthiness from wheatgrass.

What nutrients you may ask? Watercress and kale are rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins (especially vitamin K, but also vitamins C, A) and minerals (calcium, manganese and potassium). A souper healthy soup! The protein content of this soup is boosted by the addition of protein powder (soya bean or pea both work well), which along with ripe avocado makes it deliciously creamy yet dairy-free. To make this soup more savoury, I love adding nutritional yeast, which also adds a dose of vitamin B12 too, but this is optional.

This soup is suitable for the health conscious, coeliacs (being gluten-free), vegans, vegetarians and those simply reducing their intake of dairy products. It is also incredibly quick and easy to make and can be served as a starter or main meal (accompanied perhaps with some crusty bread).

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Instructions

  1. In a deep-bottomed pot, melt a little coconut oil. Add the chopped onion, celery and garlic and cook on a low heat until soft (approx. 6-7 mins).
  2. Add the stock. Then add the peas, watercress, kale and fresh herbs. Bring to a boil and then switch off the heat.
  3. Add the protein powder, wheatgrass or spirulina, avocado, nutritional yeast and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using a blender or food processor, blitz the mixture to a smooth consistency. Serve. I like to garnish with sprouted seeds, herbs and or some pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!