RECIPE: Kale and Coconut Soup

kale soupHow do you describe a simple, easy, healthy soup? Souper Dooper, that’s how!

Plus I have a suitcase-sized bag of Kale from Whole foods, that despite daily kale smoothies and 2 grains and greens salads, is still occupying an entire shelf in my fridge.

Kale delivers a nutritional karate chop while coconut milk provides a delicious creamy texture. The spices bring it up a savory-notch, but don’t over-power.  And who doesn’t like a soup that goes from blender to stove top? Slurp and Enjoy!

What you will need:

2 (15oz) cans unsalted chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

2 cups roughly torn kale leaves, tough stem removed

2 garlic cloves

15 oz low fat coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)

1 Tbsp curry powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp raw honey

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

In blender, combine chickpeas, broth, kale, garlic, coconut milk, curry powder, cumin, honey, salt and pepper.  Puree until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.  Transfer to a medium pot and heat on medium-high.  Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

(Clean Eating Magazine March 2012)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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