Get Your Greens Soup

Welcome to another Waste-Not-Wednesday!

Leafy green soup
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I know, it seems I've been slacking with the posts of late, it is for a good cause honest! you will have to wait to see what's  been keeping me so busy of late...But if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram I promise you won't be missing out, as I update these daily.

Anyway, back to the post at hand, I had some rather unhappy looking salad leaves left over from the weekend. Let's face it, they were a little passed their best for a raw salad, well a least to me! but you all know me and my frugal ways 'waste nothing' I turned them into a lovely delicious green soup packed full of  immune boosting nutrients, and who doesn't need some of those at this time of year. My salad greens had some beetroot in, which gave it a deeper shade of green (is there a book title in that?...mmmmm), and a slight earthy sweetness. You can add in extra beetroot if your leftover greens don't have any beets!

I think this soup aptly embodies the current state of the weather we are currently experiencing of late here in the UK (it's August, in my mind there should be sun! but nooooo - nothing but rain).
So here is a delicious and filling green soup to sooth your senses and warm you up from  the inside out .

Vegan green soup
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#Top Top: One last point before we start #pick out and discard any leaves that are looking slimy!

So here goes...

use up salad leaves
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The Low Down:

Leafy green vegetables are excellent for boosting your immunity. Why? because they contain high vitamin C and beta-carotene. Which are proven immune boosting nutrients, helping the body fight infections. Nutritional yeast flakes, are a great source of B vitamins, especially B12 which many vegans tend to be low or deficient in; adequate amounts will prevent B12 anaemia (pernicious anaemia). The nutrients within this soup are both heat-labile and water soluble, meaning some of the vitamins are sensitive to heat, this is why we add them after the main cooking has been done and gently heat through. However, because we are using the water they are cooked in as a base, it means there should be less nutrient losses due to leaching.

With that said, let's cook!!

Vitamin K, B3, B6, Vitamin C, B1, B2, Copper, Potassium

Manganese, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Sodium, Folate, Selenium, Iron

B5, B12, Zinc, Calcium

Let's cook...


Mixed Greens and Beetroot Soup

Ingredients
serves 2-4


old salad leaves
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Preparation


soup from salad leaves
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Put a large pan on medium heat and allow to get hot, add the oil, onion and garlic stirring to prevent burning.

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When the onions start turning translucent add the potato cubes, water and stock cube, cover and bring to the boil lowering the heat to a gentle simmer till potatoes are a bit soft but not cooked fully.

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In the mean time, put the cashew nuts in a blender, blend till you are left with a fine powder, leave aside (in the blender) till later.

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Once the potatoes are soft, using a ladle or large spoon carefully scoop the potato and broth into the blender with the cashew powder.

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Add the washed salad greens and beetroot pieces, cover and blend till smooth.

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Transfer the mixture back into the sauce pan used previously, and return to the fire on a low heat. Add the yeast flakes, black pepper and salt to taste, stir well and gently heat through, DO NOT BOIL as this will destroy a lot of the heat sensitive vitamins from the yeast flakes and the salad greens.



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Remember we want to keep as much of those immune boosting nutrients as possible!

Done!

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Serve with bread as a main or in smaller portion as starter...

I served mine with some homemade seeded loaf and leftover breadfruit, some soy sauce and nori (seaweed) sheets.


Bon App├ętit!!




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Till next time, EAT mindfully, DRINK responsibly, and EXERCISE your mind and body!!!












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