TASTY LEEK AND KALE SOUP
By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach
Welcome to some of this season’s star vegetables – leeks, kale, brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, parsnip, Jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, salsify, sweet potato, turnips and of course pumpkin! What a wonderful choice we have here in the UK to fill our dinner plates and soup bowls.
I’ve chosen two very green and nutritious vegetables for this simple tasty soup recipe – leeks and kale!
Make a big batch and freeze it in portions for convenience – so no excuses for not getting your daily dose of greens to boost your immune system for the winter.
Leeks and kale are packed with health-giving nutrients – dietary fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Manganese, B vitamins, Iron and Magnesium – helping to boost your immune system, manage your stress levels and promote the effective conversion of fuel (glucose) into energy!
And this leek and kale soup is such a simple, delicious, warming way to absorb these nutrients into your system and supercharge all the trillions of cells in your body.
- 1 large leek (approx 200g) – cleaned and sliced into half centimetre slices
- 150g fresh kale – cleaned, tough stems removed, and roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter for frying
- 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
- Sea salt or Himalayan pink salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- In a large frying pan saute the leek slices in half the coconut oil or butter until soft – about 5 minutes
- Transfer the leek slices to a large (approx 3 litre) saucepan
- Add the kale and the remainder of the coconut oil to the frying pan and cook until soft – about another further 5 minutes – you may need to do this in batches since the uncooked kale takes up a large volume in the frying pan
- Transfer the kale to the large saucepan together with the broth and cook for 30 minutes on low heat
- Let the mixture cool to room temperature or slightly warmer
- Pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth texture is reached – season with salt and pepper to taste
- Re-heat in pot when required – serve and enjoy!