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Turnip and Kale Soup (gluten free, vegan, ACD)

Posted Jan 26 2010 7:24am

I love soup!  I make up soups all the timeand will eat them for every meal of the day. Truth be toldI think I think I eat soup almost everyday.   I just can't get enough soup.  I'm surprised that I do not have more recipes for soup on this blog. 

This is the most recent soup to emerge from my trusty cast iron kettlea garlicky turnip and kale soup with a hint of chive.  I didn't have any fresh chives aroundonly dry I saved from my garden this summer; it would be marvelous with fresh chivebut the dry ones worked well enough!  It is kind of like potato soupbut less starchy and without all those tricky potato-induced knee pains and bouts of lethargy (darn nightshades...).   Turnips are a great source of fiberand are ultra strengthening to the spleen.  We all know the wonderful powers of kaleand garlic is a powerful detoxifying food.  It is ACD-friendlygluten freeand vegan. Wonderful!

Best yet?  There are no fancy ingredientsand it is easy on the pocketbook!   And I'm all about that.  Ah yesnot only am I suffering from Lyme Diseaseso is my bank account.  I'm discovering that Lyme treatment is ridiculously expensiveleaving me a bit strapped.  Okaylet's be honesta lot strapped.  Likemore strapped than I was working an $9/hour job straight out of collegedespite my current employment in an associate level position in advertising for a major retail corporation.  Ah yesgone are the days of buying $15 bags of mesquite flour on a whim.  Those $10 bags of quinoa flour will no longer be used for risky baking experiments.  The $6 bags of smoked dulse need to be treasured with higher regard.  Why?  Because this Lymie has some treatment to pay forand my food fun money is getting reallocated to pharmaceuticalsbotanical medicineloads of probioticsinfrared saunascolloidal silverand all sorts of other things. If I want to beat this thingfeel better and move on with my lifethat is where my financial focus needs to be!  Of coursefood plays in important role in the healing processit is the best and most attainable medicine we have.  That's how I got into this whole thing to begin withand I'm still going to eat organicfree-rangewhole foodsetc.  I'm just going to figure out a way to do it a bituhcheaper than I am now.  Look for an upcoming post on how I'm planning/hoping to do that in My Journal!  I better figure it outbecause I don't really have much other choice!

In the meantimeenjoy some of this tasty and affordable soup.  Perfect for a chilly night at home on the couch watching movies on your laptop for free.  :)


yield 4 servings

4 medium turnipschopped

2 stalks celerydiced

1 small carrotdiced

2 small onionsdiced

6 large garlic cloveschopped

6 cups broth or stock

1 cup packed kalechopped (about 2 large leaves)

1 Tbsp arrowroot starch dissolved in 1-2 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp fresh or dry chives (fresh is bestbut dry works in a pinch)

sea salt

freshly cracked pepper

Prepare the vegetables as directed. Heat a glug of olive oil in a soup pot over medium heatthen add onions and garlic.  Sautee a few minutesthen add celery and carrotsaute a couple minutesthen turnipsand stir to mix.  Saute 2-3 more minutesthen add broth.  Bring to a boil over high heatthen reduce to medium low and simmer until turnips are just tender.  

Remove 2 cups of soup (get an even mix of broth and veg)and put in a blending cup (if using an immersion blender) or blender while the rest of the soup continues to heat.  Blend until smooththen add back to the pot along with dissolved arrowroot slurry.  Stir to mix; broth should thicken almost immediately.  Add kale and chivesand let simmer for about 10-15 minutes until kale is softened.  Season to taste with salt and pepperand serve.

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