Greens, greens and more greens! It is not only a very festive Christmassy color, but most things you can eat that are green are super charged with nutrition. Dark leafy greens are on the top of the charge for nutrient density, and the more you can eat of them the better.
Many people think of “rabbit food” when you say “dark leafy green” but you can do so much more with them than just salad. This recipe uses green peas, spinach and fresh mint leaves which makes it not only good for you but really tasty. Anyone that knows Rob and I, know we like to taste our food so we look for recipes that are healthy AND taste great. No one wants to eat flavorless food. Add more lime, or add some chili peppers if you want it to have more zip.
Mint Pea Lime Soup with Spinach
2 Tbsp coconut oil
3 cups yellow onion diced
4 cloves of garlic pressed or diced
3 cups of green peas (fresh or frozen)
1 bunch of fresh spinach (enough that if you made a salad it would serve 4 as a side dish) washed and stems removed
1 Tbsp celtic sea salt
4 cups of filtered water or vegetable soup stock
10-12 sprigs of fresh mint, washed and stems removed
Juice of one lime, or use bottled if in a hurry – 2 Tbsp or to taste
Cook the onion and garlic in the coconut oil until onion is just starting to turn transparent. Add the peas (defrosted if using frozen), spinach and salt and cook for another minute or so. Add water or soup stock and cook at a simmer until the peas turn bright green and the spinach is wilted.
Place half of the soup and 1/2 of the mint leaves into the blender. Blend until creamy and smooth, or as desired if you like it more chunky (we left ours a bit chunky). Do the same thing with the second half of the soup and mint leaves. Combine them together and add the lime juice just before serving.
This is how the soup looks as it is cooking, prior to blending. I just had to take a photo it was so bright green and pretty. Green is my favorite color and we LOVE to have that color on our dinner table too.
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Mint Pea Lime Soup with Spinach Photo Credit: Her View Photography