Hello November! Veg and Tumeric Soup

tumericsoup

I found this soup recipe on a wonderful vegan food blog called The Glowing Fridge.  Shannon’s veggie stuff is great.  I recommend following her.  I love this soup but I’m not vegan so I’ve made some Paleo additions to help boost my protein intake.  If you are new to turmeric, I also recommend adding it to your diet at least once a week.  Shannon does a great job explaining in her recipe why each ingredient is important.  If you are an impatient reader like me, skip to he turmeric paragraph here.  My version of the recipe is Paleo heavy.

1 lb. Organic Ground meat of choice or diced chicken breast, cooked ahead and set aside.  I often use ground turkey.

2 Tablespoons Oil (Olive, Ghee(Whole 30), or Coconut)

1/2 Cup Chicken Stock

1/2 of a red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 4 cloves)

3 celery stalks, diced (optional)

3 medium carrots, diced

1 small head of broccoli or cauliflower, florets

1 cup chopped tomatoes, preferably fresh, canned works

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced (really, fresh is best)

1-2 teaspoons turmeric (I used powdered)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)

fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste

6 cups Chicken Stock

2 cups kale or spinach, de-stemmed and torn in pieces

1 cup purple (or green) cabbage, chopped

1-2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions:
In a large pot, add the oil and 1/2 cup stock and turn on the heat to medium-high. After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, any vegetables you have in the fridge and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra broth as needed (another 1/4 cup). Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
Add in the rest of the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add meat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add in the kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.
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