Today’s Lesson: Back to Basics
There is nothing more basic and beautiful than homemade soup. I guess it’s a kale kind of week at our house, but you can’t argue with the health benefits of that. Kale is also a very hardy winter vegetable so it’s in season, which is always good. Beans are also a great healthy source of protein that I often forget about but they are so easy to add to soups and salads to bump up the nutrients. Whether you’re a novice at making soups or a master, this is a delicious and easy heart warming dinner. I used to think soups were so complicated so I never tried making them myself but as you will find with this recipie they’re actually very easy.
1 large carrot
3 sticks of celery
1 medium white onion
3 to five pieces of turkey bacon (depending on their size). I love Applegate Farms organic turkey bacon. This is a great company that’s as good to the turkeys as the bacon is to your tongue.
3 cloves of garlic
5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth (love Pacific organic brand)
15 oz can of pinto beans
3 cups of raw uncooked kale pulled from the stem and chopped (not too small)
½ a packet of my secret weapon, Grill Mates Mojito Lime Marinade (you can find this on the spice isle and most stores)
*Serves 4 large bowls or 6 to 8 smaller cups
Chop up the carrots, celery, onion and turkey bacon and Sauté with about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat in a stockpot for about 5 minutes. While these are sautéing mince the garlic and then add it the pot, sauté for about five more minutes on medium. Now add the chicken stock, beans, and 1/2 the marinade packet to the pot. Stir and let this simmer for about a half hour so that all the flavors can come together. The marinade adds a wonderful brightness to the dish, I know it seems a bit odd but believe me it works. 5 minutes before serving add the kale to the pot and mix in. Taste before serving and add salt and pepper if needed. Now serve and enjoy a dish that’s not only delicious but healthy!
*You could do a lot of variations with this soup like take out the bacon if you don’t want to eat meat, or add brown rice, potatoes or quinoa 🙂