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Eat Your Greens Detox Soup – Recipe 47 #osgcookbook challenge

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There is something that just draws me to all things green.  Something about the vibrancy of the color, and probably the idea we’ve all grown up with that green = healthy, makes my mouth water when I see a plateful of something in the emerald family.  So naturally, I was quite drawn to this soup, and it delivered on all fronts! What an amazing way to cap off my weekly four recipes for the #osgcookbook challenge!

The toughest part of making this soup was the chopping, and really it wasn’t all that bad.  I usually start sauteing things right away and chop as I go, but given that I needed broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms, all ready at the same time (and in substantial quantities), I decided to prep these in advance. Then I turned on the heat and continued on in my regular way, chopping onion, garlic, and ginger, and adding them to the pot as I went along.

Going back for a second, I have a little trick to share when it comes to chopping broccoli.  Chop off some big pieces first, then take a big chunk and start by chopping up the stem, moving towards the flowery head of broccoli. Eventually, you will get to a point where the broccoli florets all fall apart into perfect little bite sized pieces.  Cool huh?

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The soup smelled fantastic as it bubbled away, reminding me of the classic veggie-and-spice aromas of my favorite little hippy, vegan restaurants.  I added just slightly more of every spice called for in this recipe, and was glad I did.  I typically use up to double the quantity of spices in most recipes, as I find generally North American cookbooks and magazines tend to go too easy on the flavor for my taste.  I suggest starting with the original amounts, tasting whatever you are making, and then adding more as you see fit (or don’t if you like it as-is!)

In no time at all, I had a delicious soup that was vibrantly green, richly spiced, and so darn healthy I felt like I could skip the gym for having eaten it 😛 Hey, I did work out a little with all that chopping, right?

For the full recipe, checkout Angela Liddon’s fantastic cookbook, Oh She Glows!

 

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