It has been probably years since I have posted a recipe on a blog. Weird for someone whose idea of a playground is a kitchen and a restaurant. I’m thinking of all of us who do cleanses and whole30s, juicing and the like during this time of year, and I am asking you to consider soup. I forget where I read or heard that smoothies, raw foods, and juices are sort of tough on digestion during cold winter months. If you are curious enough, I am sure that you can look up the pros and the cons to what I just stated. But here are three soups that are quite paleo (whole30) very cleansing (if you use vegan stock), and warming during Kapha season (this is Kapha season right?)

Cauliflower Watercress soup:

4 cups of stock (vegetable or chicken) in a large pot with lid. Throw in a small head of cauliflower chopped, a large bunch of watercress chopped, and bring to a boil. reduce to low heat and cover for 20 minutes. add salt and pepper and puree in a blender in batches.

Carrot orange red chili pepper soup:

saute a small chopped red onion in coconut oil for about 3 mins. add two or three carrots chopped, and 3 to 5 red chilies ( I use dry chinese chilies but use your favorites, I bet chipotles in adobo chopped are great here). add the juice of 2 oranges and cook on meduim/low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, & add a can of coconut milk, salt and pepper. Puree in batches in a blender.

Vegetables in broth:

If you are lucky to have homemade broth (veg or chicken), just heat some up and  when piping hot add chopped grape tomatoes, chopped scallions, chopped, cilantro, chopped avocado and a squirt of sirracha or your favorite hot sauce and some lime (not lemon) juice, You paleo whole30 people can go ahead and poach an egg (a good egg and I hope you know what I mean) in the hot broth while it is heating. How? crack the egg in a metal soup ladle or giant metal spoon and lower deep into the pot of broth and hold it there till it is as firm as you like.

2 thoughts on “Soup

  1. we’re into the whole bone broth thing, even though it’s new hipster foodie trendiness was just exposed in the NYTimes much to my dismay… kimchee chicken soup is one of my go-tos. And yes, the whole cold juicing detox thing in January never seemed right to me, Ayurveda finds it a big no-no… best time for that is spring, just around the corner!

    • Growing up, I remember broth being served to company in demi-tasses if it was a cold damp afternoon or if we were vacationing in the mountains. To me nothing tastes more like my past than homemade broth with a bit of chopped cilantro and a dash of amontillado dry sherry. (not a cleansing recipe, bit pretty darn tasty)


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