This abnormally warm December weather is really killing my hot comfort foods rotation. I’m not complaining though. I’m just fine not scrounging around for matching gloves and hunting for socks so I can slip on some boots just to check the mail. I’ll just put on a t-shirt and eat my soul-warming foods while breaking a sweat.

kale soup

The best two winter-warming foods? Chili and soup. Or stew. Or stoup. I hate that word- stoup. Just let it be.

kale soup recipe

My favorite soup this season? This veggie-packed kale soup. Full of immune-boosting veggies to fight off the winter cold season. {Hey, the colds will still come eventually…}

vegetarian kale soup

You can change up the soup by what mix of vegetables you toss in, and how much you blend the soup. I like it thick like a puree with a couple chunks of veggies; the husband likes it best packed full of giant chunks, sans puree.

Feel free to up the protein content by tossing in some lentils or white beans. The first time I made this soup I attempted to use split peas…the smell wafting from the stove is what quickly taught the husband and I we hate split peas.

Kale Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 can low sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds kale stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Water as needed

Instructions

  1. Spread chopped veggies {except kale} on baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until start to brown.
  2. Soak cashews in water while veggies are roasting; drain before using.
  3. Place half the veggies in a food processor with cashews and blend until smooth.
  4. Place remaining veggies and puree in pot with tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and kale.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until kale is tender {about 15 minutes}.
  6. Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  7. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast before serving. {Optional}.

What’s your favorite winter dish?

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