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  • Got a crazy idea: collard greens/kale SOUP

    My soon-to-be wife really hates the texture of kale, or collard greens. I cook 'em up in bacon fat; and while she'll eat it, she doesn't like it.

    So, I got to thinking: what if you sautéed some onions 'n garlic in your fat of choice, added some lemongrass, maybe a few hot peppers...chicken stock. Then dumped some frozen greens of your choice just until they were cooked. Then blended the snot out of it, and added some coconut milk?!

    Does that sound awesome, or am I just bat-shit insane? I haven't eaten since 2 in the afternoon yesterday, so it's possible I'm nuts...LOL
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  • #2
    There's a good recipe that is basically that same thing (minus the lemongrass and chilis) in the PB Cookbook, and I make it fairly often. I made some on the weekend using rapini, beet greens, and homemade chicken stock, and it's delicious. My partner is not a huge fan of most of the dark greens other than spinach, but he happily eats them in soup form.

    I like the lemongrass and chilis idea, and I'm going to have to try that sometime soon.
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    • #3
      I don't have either lemongrass or chili peppers in my house currently.

      I'm going to have to make this. Maybe today! I've got chicken stock cooking nicely on the stove, AND just discovered the frozen veggie isle in Whole Foods. Bought two bags of frozen greens for less than $3 each. That's CHEAP for a Canadian Whole Foods, LOL
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      • #4
        I've been eating kale soup for... well, pretty much forever. And collards are pretty interchangeable for kale. So those work too. Broccoli greens as well... but unless you are growing it there in rarely access to large amounts of the stuff.
        Never blended though... more chunky soup style with veg and sausage/meat balls. NOM!

        Nix the coconut cream though... GAH! Those two tastes would not go well. (IMO... maybe you could try it on a small portion first to see how you like it.)
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        • #5
          Oh, dude. Adding meatballs sounds fantastic!

          I don't always add a creamy fat to soups. Only if I feel like it calls for it. Even then it's added to an individual bowl of soup.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
            I've been eating kale soup for... well, pretty much forever. And collards are pretty interchangeable for kale. So those work too. Broccoli greens as well... but unless you are growing it there in rarely access to large amounts of the stuff.
            Never blended though... more chunky soup style with veg and sausage/meat balls. NOM!

            Nix the coconut cream though... GAH! Those two tastes would not go well. (IMO... maybe you could try it on a small portion first to see how you like it.)
            Actually, adding a cup of coconut milk just makes it taste like a normal cream soup. The flavour of the chicken stock, garlic, onions, and greens pretty much overwhelms any coconut taste. I was unsure of how it would taste too, but it is quite good.
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            • #7
              I've become a huge fan of blended everything (soups, green smoothies) since buying a Vitamix a few years ago. I have bad teeth and sometimes it can hurt to eat, and it's so much easier if I can just blend things, especially vegetables. Thanks to the Vitamix I can eat raw carrots and spinach and celery. I can definitely say your proposed recipe sounds like a real winner. I'd try it!

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              • #8
                Man, I would love a Vitamix if they weren't so damned expensive!
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                • #9
                  This is pretty much my standard "amuse bouche" recipe.

                  All the stalks, crappy bits and what-not that I trim off things, I just bung in a pan, boil and blend like crazy, usually with a few spinach leaves. Pass through a sieve just to pull out anything really bad and reduce, blending in some butter at the end.

                  Done!



                  It ain't batshit nor crazy ... pretty damn sound idea, actually.
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                  • #10
                    This is crazy? Never knew. Been eating kale and collards soup since I was a little child.

                    Caldo verde - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


                    You can use turnip or rutabaga instead of potato if you want.
                    Sorry, I would link you to a recipe, but all English recipes for this soup are really really terrible. Please find a Portuguese grandma near you =)
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                    • #11
                      It was crazy, because I never thought to put the two together: greens and soup. Why the heck not?!

                      I'm so doing this today.
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                      • #12
                        Another thing you guys might like to try out is pistou.

                        It's a French pesto - take some green herbs, some nuts, some oil, blend them and then chuck a damn good spoon of the stuff into your soup. Of course, the herbs could actually just be any greens you fancy. Same with the nuts. The oil could easily be room temperature butter or coconut oil.
                        Paul
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                        • #13
                          Oh, one warning. If you make a "cream of greens" style of soup and decide to include beet greens, you will have pink soup with green bits (especially if you include some of the stalks). The colour combination is a little weird, but you're getting those betacyanins, and it tastes good.
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