Leek, Potato, Parsnip and Cauliflower Soup

Leek, Potato, Parsnip and Cauliflower Soup
modified from Clean Eating Cookbook

4 T olive oil
1 yellow onion, peeled, coarsely chopped
4 leeks, trimmed, sliced in half lengthwise, coarsely chopped and well rinsed
2 parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 C cauliflower florets
5 medium Yukon gold organic potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cloves garlic, peeled and passed through a garlic press (or chopped really fine)
1 tsp sea salt
8 C chicken broth
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
In a soup pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium high flame. Add onions, leeks, parsnips and cauliflower and cook, stirring constantly for 10 minutes or until veggies begin to soften. You may have to add a little more olive oil.
Add cubed potatoes, sea salt, garlic, and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 40 minutes or until all veggies are uniformly tender. Using a hand blender, puree soup (or puree in batches in blender or food processor). Adjust flavor by adding sea salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrients for 2 Cups: 227 calories, 8g protein, 36g carbs, 5g fat

Until next time…
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Apple Squash Soup and Uncle Jim’s Veggies

Apple Squash soup….mmmm…scroll down to get the recipe!

Uncle Jim from Oto, IA came to visit and with him he brought a carload of veggies! I was sooo excited to get a share of the goods!

According to Uncle Jim…leeks and parsnips are the veggies from heaven 🙂

the goods: giant sweet potatoes, butternut and acorn squash, onions, leeks, parsnips, and fun gourds (decoration only)

I love a good produce section

Apple Squash Soup
I have always loved squash soup, but have not loved the heavy cream usually required to make it. This recipe is sooo easy, sooo delicious, and sooo good for you!
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp diced sage
2 T Smart Balance butter
14 oz chicken broth about 1 can (I use Watkins powdered form)
3/4 c water
2 medium granny smith apples, peeled and finely chopped
12 oz cooked squash (about 2-3 cups)
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c fat free evaporated milk
Saute onions and sage with butter in saucepan, about 3 minutes or until tender.
Add broth, water, and apples. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Add squash, ginger, and salt; return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool until lukewarm. Process batches in blender or food processor until smooth. (I filled the blender about 1/4 full each time).

Return to pan and add evaporated milk

Heat through and serve!

garnished with apples

a yummy, nutritious root vegetable….and according to Uncle Jim…the veggie from heaven. It is in the same family as carrots and celery. A good alternative to potatoes in roasts or when making hashbrowns.
I prepared this batch as directed by Uncle Jim.
Chop parsnips, saute in butter (I used Smart Balance) until crisp and tender. Serve! I sprinkled a little sea salt and they tasted like fries!
Serve with ketchup if you wish.

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good