For those who know me, I love healthy food and green vegetables, so it is not surprising that I share yet another one of my regular simple recipes I have created.
This one I call 2 Greens Summer & Winter Soup and the name speaks for itself it has two green vegetables (spinach & broccoli) and tastes superb, either hot or cold.
It is refreshing to drink as a cold smoothie in the summer or heated as a comforting soup. 2 Greens is inexpensive yet extremely good for you, low in calories and high in goodness.
Don’t be deterred by the gorgeous green colour nor turn your nose up when I mention spinach as you will be pleasantly surprised by the taste. It far outweighs those green powdered products you buy off the shelf.
2 Greens Summer & Winter Soup
- 1 x bunch of fresh English Spinach
- 1 x large head of fresh broccoli
- 3 -4 cups of water
- 2 x vegetable or chicken stock cubes
- Minimal salt & pepper to taste
- Place water and cut/washed spinach in a medium saucepan, then place cut broccoli in a steamer that sits on top of the saucepan. The simmering steam from the spinach cooks and flavours the broccoli. Place the saucepan lid slightly askew to allow some steam to escape.
- Bring to boil and simmer for approximately 20 minutes until both vegetables are soft enough to blend.
- Remove from the hot plate, tip the broccoli into the pot of spinach and water and allow to sit until excessive heat subsides.
- Blend in a pot with a hand stick blender and serve in bowls or place in containers to freeze.
I always retain enough in a lidded container in the fridge to last for a few days and it’s great for a cool lunchtime drink.
If heated I drop a dollop of Greek Yoghurt in the middle of the soup with grounded pepper or scatter chopped feta or parmesan and parsley over the top before serving.
Needless to say, you can personalise this green soup recipe using your imagination.
English Spinach: an excellent source of vitamin K, A, and C as well as folic acid, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2.
Broccoli: an antioxidant, a good source of fibre and protein and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, E K, an array of B vitamins, and folic acid.
On the birth of her two grandsons, Ruth Greening experienced an awakening in her life and entering Gen GP (Generation Grandparent) she was given the moniker Nanny Babe as her ‘grandmother’ title. She found things had changed since her child rearing days, and an adjustment to new parenting concepts was required. Hence the birth of the Nanny Babe blog from a baby boomers perspective.
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