Early Spring Greens Soup

The environmentalists are always urging you to go green, and now we are too?at least when it comes to soup.

Admittedly this is more of a side dish than a full dinner entree, but we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to share a recipe that includes all those beautiful and delicious early spring greens. And besides, “What’s for Side Dish Tonight?” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

Ingredients:
6 green onions, chopped
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
6 stalks of asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups spinach, chopped (fresh is preferable, but if all you have is frozen, that will work too!)
1 cup watercress
1 cup arugula or other dark leafy green, chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon, zest only

Method:
In a large saucepan, melt butter with oil and saute onions until translucent. Add the asparagus, spinach, watercress and lettuce and cook, stirring occasionally. Add half of the broth, cover, and simmer mixture over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Next, place broth mixture ? this is easiest done in batches ? in a food processor or blender and pulse to puree. Once entire mixture is pureed, return to saucepan, add remaining broth and simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot, garnished with the lemon zest.

Nutrition Analysis:
Courtesy of Fitday.com based on ¼ of the total recipe:

Calories: 141 calories
Fat: 12.7 grams (79% calories from fat)
Carbs: 5.5 grams (14% calories from carbs)
Protein: 2.8 grams (7% calories from protein)

Further Reading:

Smart Fuel: Dark Leafy Greens

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About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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