Monday, April 25, 2011

monday mojo series 3

After indulging in one too many chocolate easter eggs, monday presents a new dawn, a new day and a perfect recipe for making detox soup. Not only does motivation need to be nourished, but to keep one's reason for staying healthy, a regime of soups can aid in clarity of mind, skin and weight loss too. Nothing like a fresh green soup to start off the week with healthy motivation!
Here is the recipe in case you would like to join me.

Detox Green Soup Recipe with Broccoli, Spinach and Ginger

This easy detox soup can be thin or thick, depending upon the amount of water you add. It cooks up fast. We served ours with a modest scoop of hot cooked jasmine rice in the middle. Super good.

You'll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 cups fresh broccoli, cut up
1/2 pound of fresh spinach leaves
3 parsnips, peeled, cored, chopped
2 ribs of celery, trimmed, chopped
A handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Fresh water, as needed
Sea salt and ground pepper, to tatse
Lemon or lime juice


Using a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and stir in the garlic, onion, and ginger to season the oil. Add the broccoli, spinach, parsnips, celery and parsley, and stir a bit until the spinach wilts and collapses. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables. Remember the spinach will cook down quite a bit, so don't add too much water at first. You can always thin the soup later, if you need to.

Bring to a high simmer, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to a medium simmer. Cook for fifteen minutes or so until the veggies are softened.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.

Taste test. Does it need brightening? Add a squeeze of citrus.

22 comments:

pretty pink tulips said...

I need this more than I can say! Taking down the ingredients!!!

xo E

The Buzz said...

I make a green soup most every Sunday so that I can start the week off on a good note... nothing like renewing resolutions on a weekly basis! Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
xxoo

pve design said...

Elizabeth,
It is so easy, but you may get a few eye rolls from your boys! I call it the Incredible Green Hulk soup! :)
Happy Monday,
pve

Buzz-
I think most every woman who has French in her blood knows this recipe is the key for staying thin....
I am looking forward to soup for lunch.
pve

Formerly known as Frau said...

Okay today is a new day for me....I think I need this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Purple Flowers said...

Thanks for sharing. I could stand to ingest healthy green soup. Our chocolate is all gone.

Cheryl said...

This looks like a great recipe to start off a healthy week of movement on my part!! Thanks for posting, and for visiting my website. I certainly do enjoy yours, and your incredible talent!!!

quintessence said...

Sounds delicious!! Can't even tell you how much I consumed this weekend. I'm not normally a sugar girl, but I most definitely overindulged.This would be the perfect solution for this week!!

Joyce said...

Sounds not only good for you, but healthy.

Since April 1st I have been getting up at 5:30 to go to the gym. Today I set the alarm fro 5:00 am to spend a couple more minutes there. I cleared all the things last night before I went to bed of Easter, so today would start fresh.

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

thanks for the recipey just what i need after an over indulgent Easter

I Dream Of said...

This is exactly what I need today after over-indulging all weekend. Sounds delicious, too.

Hope you had a lovely Easter!
Jeanne

Nelle Somerville said...

Yum! I just started a detox with my nutritionist. This is a great option for me for the next 30 days! Thanks PVE and big Easter hugs.

My Notting Hill said...

I could use in a bit of sugar-detoxing too. The recipe looks wonderful.

the gardener's cottage said...

yummmmmmm. this sounds so good and i def need a little detox after yesterday. thanks for sharing patricia.

xo
janet

Carrie'sCreations said...

Love the Incredible Green Hulk soup, maybe that will work on my boys:)

Mrs. Moss said...

Sounds delicious! Might need to print, make and repeat!

JMW said...

Believe me, I thought about making the leek soup from "French Women Don't Get Fat," to detox after this weekend. Shew, lots and lots of chocolate consumed yesterday! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! :)

Kwana said...

This look great Patricia. Thanks so much.

annechovie said...

This looks really good, PVE! Thank you for the tip. Have a great week! xx

bentley said...

I just posted about a cleanse I'm starting this week. I will add this to my menu!

kayce hughes said...

I will give it a try! Thanks for the recipe.

Summer is a Verb said...

This so is getting queued up for my slated first week of May slim down :)

ralph and martha said...

Just a delicious soup! Thank you for posting! Was it wrong, however, to have to remove the brownie crumbs from the cutting board to be able to cut the veggies up?