So, you want to eat right but you don’t want to slave for hours in the kitchen, and you need recipes that are easy on the wallet and chocked full of nutrition that gives you energy. Am I right?
How To Make An Easy, Budget-Friendly, Creamy Spinach Soup
Eating right does not have to be complicated when you have recipes that whip up fast like my creamy spinach soup. It’s as simple as a few key ingredients: a little broth, some fat, spinach, and seasoning. Quickly sauteed up, and then whizzed up in a blender or a hand-held immersion blender. It doesn’t get any easier than this, and it’s a no-fail recipe that has plenty of tweaking potential.
Introducing my favorite thing to grow in the whole wide world: Malabar Spinach. It’s technically not a true spinach, however, it’s similar and cooks up fast just like the typical spinach varieties most of you are familiar with. However, it’s a bit heartier with dense leaves that don’t wilt as quickly as regular spinach.
It’s SO easy to grow. A great ‘survival’ plant because each time you pick off a leaf, a new vine forms to grow more leaves. So the more you pick the more you grow. It’s beyond amazing! Just a few plants a couple weeks after frost will feed a family all season long with fresh greens. I am to the point in the summer where I can pick enough every day to have a salad OR if I collect two days worth, I can make a batch of my creamy spinach soup.
If you have not yet tried to grow Malabar spinach, I highly recommend you do – even if you don’t have a garden, a nice barrel will do. You can have fresh greens at home for minimal cost.
Read More About Malabar Spinach:
- What Is Malabar Spinach: Tips For Growing & Using Malabar Spinach
- Red Malabar Spinach (Where to Get Seeds)
- Basella (vine spinach) Nutrition Facts
Easy-To-Digest & Adjustable to Your Dietary Needs
Even if you cannot get Malabar spinach or are not growing it, this recipe works well with regular spinach as well. Choose a heartier spinach over baby spinach or just use less liquid when cooking. The beauty of this simple recipe is you can adjust it to suit your dietary needs. You can make it dairy-free by swapping out the sour cream with tahini or mashed avocado.
- 20 cups spinach (I use Malabar)
- ¼ - ½ cup bone broth
- 1 cup plain whole yogurt or sour cream or tahini or avocado
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Cracked pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. cumin
- Fat of choice: ghee, butter, avocado oil
- Heat a medium chef's pot and add 1 to 2 Tbsp. of fat (butter, ghee, avocado oil).
- Add the spinach and stir.
- Slowly add the broth - start with about ¼ cup, as the spinach wilts it will create some liquid of it's own.
- Season with salt, pepper and cumin as it's cooking.
- Once the spinach is fully wilted down and tender, turn off the heat.
- Pour into a blender or container that you can use an immersion blender with.
- Add the sour cream (or yogurt, tahini or avocado -or a mixture of them) and puree until smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Nourishing & Mineral Rich
You can enjoy this creamy soup any time of year and get a nice hit of minerals with each bite that will be readily absorbed with the good fats and broth it’s partnered with. Spinach is a great way to get some potassium and other minerals, like manganese, calcium, magnesium, and copper. Along with vitamins C and B, these synergistic nutrients will keep your adrenals and thyroid energized and happy.
Give it a try, even with regular spinach, and keep me posted on how you like it!
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