Kale and White Bean Soup with Mojito Lime

Today’s Lesson: Back to Basics

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     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.

Ingredients

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 🙂

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