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Glorious Green Soup

Glorious Green SoupIngredients:

•    2 tsp olive oil
•    ½ medium onion, chopped
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    1 carrot, washed and chopped
•    1 stalk of celery, chopped
•    2 tsp paprika
•    1 tsp cumin
•    1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
•    2 medium green zucchini, chopped
•    10 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
•    1 sprig thyme or rosemary
•    1 whole Habanero or red chili pepper
•    6 cups greens (kale, collard greens, Swiss chard)
•    2 cups baby spinach
•    2 tsp lemon juice
•    Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat oil in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot and celery and sauté for 2 – 3 minutes or until tender.  Stir in paprika and cumin ensuring vegetables are well coated.  Continue to cook the vegetables for another 3 – 4 minutes.

Add sweet potato and zucchini and cook for 1 – 2 minutes.  Add vegetable stock, herb sprig and Habanero or chili pepper and stir.  Allow pepper to float in stock.  Bring mixture to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add greens mixture to pot and stir in to completely cover with stock.  Increase heat and bring to boil again. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer again 6 – 8 minutes.

Remove soup from heat.  Remove pepper and any stems from the herb sprig.  Add spinach and stir until fully incorporated with stock.  Use a hand blender to puree the soup right in the stock pot.  Add lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Stir.

Enjoy!

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