Friday, January 31, 2014

Warm up with one of These Healthy Soups!

While California has been unusually (really ridiculously!) warm this winter, I know most of our other studio locations have been extremely cold. Here are some of my favorite soup recipes to help you stay warm (and keep you healthy) this winter.

1. Split Pea Soup - I tend to not always follow recipes. This one I made up the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I had my turkey broth and wanted something warm and healthy. It’s easy and delicious! I served it with a slice of artisan bread and a dino kale salad and it was big hit with everyone (including the kids). Also, like most soups, it’s even better the next day!

Serves 6-8
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 quarts turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 large carrots, diced
5 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. green split peas
1/3 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup chopped ham pieces (I bought a organic chunk at the grocery store)
Salt to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan, add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add onion and cook until transparent. Add carrots, celery and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes. Add ham and peas and mix well.
2. Transfer to a large stock pan and cook on low heat for 2 hours or more.

This soup includes sweet potatoes, turmeric and cayenne pepper, in addition to a ton of other veggies. It is packed with health benefits and is definitely not your average soup.

This is a favorite from The Conscious Cleanse. It’s incredibly simple yet tasty and packed with lots of beta carotene!

This soup is a great combo because it is packed with dark leafy greens from the kale but the black eyes peas will be sure to give you the protein you need to make this a meal.

5. Farro Soup
This is a soup pulled from Super Natural Every Day, a cookbook from a local San Francisco blogger, and it is absolutely amazing.

Enjoy and stay warm (or pretend you need to)!

-- Jill

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