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Hearty Green Veggy & Hemp Protein Vegan Soup

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If addicted to anything, it’s soup. I’d sell my granny for a cup of farmhouse veg. I’ve always thought of it to be healthy, but having become a major label reader, I’m finding it harder to find natural soups that are JUST veggies (shoutout to the Just Food co. for bringing back my Moroccan chickpea to Dunnes after I sulked on the phone like a child, though)

Most shop-bought soups are laced with dairy, sugar and stabilizers. I personally try to live as naturally as possible, so I just gave up looking and made my own! Having made 8 batches of this hearty soup in comparison to the price I’d pay for mediocre store-bought ones, it’s a proper money saver too.

_20170321_202845 (1)I added hemp protein powder to increase my macros but that does add an ever so slightly grainy element, so there’s no need to add it if you’re a texture-freak. To me though, I think it tastes bloody DELICIOUS. Creamy, nutritious warmth in a cup/mug/bowl/trophy/bathtub.

I served this with some homemade sundried tomato, basil & oregano porridge bread. You can find the recipe here. I made the bread quickly while the soup was simmering!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2½ leeks
  • 3 stock-cubes Kallo organic veg stock
  • 100g petit pois
  • 300g fresh kale
  • 7 asparagus stalks
  • 140g brocolli
  • 3 scoops hemp protein powder
  • 400ml unsweetened almond milk
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley, to garnish

Directions

  • Boil petit pois in a pot and leave to simmer.
  • Fry off the coconut oil in a large pot with chopped onion for 2-5 minutes until it starts to sweat. Add chopped garlic cloves and fry on a medium heat for another 3 minutes. Add chopped carrots, celery, leeks and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Add chopped brocolli, asparagus and petit pois and continue to cook down.
  • Add in the fresh kale and stir veggies, cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Add a Kallo organic stock cube to 500ml boiling water. Add into the pot followed by a scoop of protein powder. Bring to the boil and allow to reduce.
  • Add sea salt & black pepper to taste.
  • Repeat water/protein powder two more times, gradually adding to the reducing soup.
  • Leave on a light simmer for 40-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Use an electrical hand blender/processor to blend the soup to a creamy consistency.
  • Gradually add the almond milk and continue to blend until smooth.
  • Serve with sea salt, black pepper and fresh parsley.

 

Macros*

*per serving – yields 8 bowls

  • Calories 87
  • Protein 7.2g
  • Fat 4.3g
  • Carbs 3.6g

PS: The green veg is unaccounted for in these calculations, so you’re definitely getting more bang for your bite, or your slurp…

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