December 2, 2020

Cannellini, Carrot, Celery, Kale Soup: a Hearty Winter Meal. {Recipe}

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Cannellini, carrot, celery, kale. Cannellini, carrot, celery, kale. Cannellini, carrot, celery, kale.

Any time of the year can be soup time since it can be served as a hot or chilled bowl. Personally, I am an on/off soup person. I need to chew my food to tame my tummy. However, fall is in the air here in Florida, the high temps have chilled our bones to low 80s and even low 70s during the day.

Time to finally pull on my organic dark grey hemp pants.

Ingredients and items:

I cook for one, sometimes double, so adjust accordingly.

Cannellini Beans: 7-13 ounces. Dry, canned, or glass jar.

Kale: I used curly.

Carrots: approximately 3 depending on if skinny, medium, or huge. Color of your choice.

Celery: Heart-healthy, so chop away. I used about 5 stalks.

Bell peppers: any color; I had green and yellow on hand, and cut up a 1/3 of each.

Hot pepper: optional; I used a cute red chili pepper.

Hippie dust: Aka fortified nutritional yeast for B vitamins and protein, 1-2 tbsp.

Spices: turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, fenugreek, or any of your desire.

Mushrooms: optional, any variety. Here is another way I use my organic, dual-extracted powdered ‘shrooms. I went with reishi, the queen of this fungi kingdom. A calming, gut-friendly soother during stormy times.

Oil: optional and if you do choose, select one to tolerate a medium to high heat. Avocado is mild enough to not distract from the taste buds.

Liquids: water; I use filtered and add slowly to the desired amount of liquid. *Optional: canned BPA-free, organic coconut milk; add in slowly to desired consistency. Feel free to use a packaged or homemade veggie broth instead of canned coconut milk and/or water.

In regards to the amount of liquid: personal choice as in, do you want a slurpy, noise-making soup sound? Add more. Do you want to make Horace Fletcher proud and work your mandible and masseter as you masticate thoroughly? Use less. 

Misc: Medium to large pot with lid, colander, spatulas, knife, cutting board, spoons, spoon holder, towels.

*Wow, almost did another blooper on this recipe too! But, I caught it and decided to add it in as optional as noted above. I seem to be filled with bloopers lately. Makes my single life far more thrilling.

Recipe:

1. Once you have cleaned your space with extra love and distilled white vinegar, assembled your cooking supplies, gently washed your produce, and laid it out in order, it’s time to cook.

2. Rinse your beans in a colander and leave them there to drain until you pour them in with the chopped veggies.

3. Cut your veggies into bite-size pieces. Feel free to add any other veggies, I will definitely add cauliflower in a later version and combine it with the canned coconut milk.

4. Preheat the pot for a minute and add any spices that are seeds, minced, or chopped. Oil is a personal decision, I used a little avocado oil here, but, have been experimenting with naked, and it is a different, but charming change. No oil necessary, especially if you have fat coming from another source, such as using canned coconut milk instead of water.

5. As soon as the scent of the spices hit your nares, add the veggies. Ground spices can go in now if it pleases you. Hippie dust can be dumped in now as well as the powdered ‘shrooms. Give it a good stir, I go counterclockwise. Might be the leftie in me.

6. Slowly add your liquid, stop to stir, and determine your thin or thickness of this soup. Place lid on and turn your attention to cleaning up your space.

7. No spacing out here—sing, talk to yourself, chat to the fur kids, or, “mind the gap” and enjoy. Keep checking your pot, lift the lid, close your eyes, inhale that earthy, sweet, bitter, and perhaps pungent delight, stir, replace lid.

8. Remember, depending on your heat source: gas, electric, propane, wood fire outside, type of pot, the temperature will vary. As will the time to cook.

Select your bowls and utensils and a soothing place to eat. Indoors, outdoors on a screened-in porch, outside by the lake, pool, or at the base of a mountain. Remove the EMF devices: mobile phones, televisions, radios. Okay to have some soothing music on as background.

Give gratitude and enjoy!

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Bonus recipe: Spinach Carrot Mint Soup: A Bowlful of Health & Warmth.

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