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Spring Garlic and Lemon Pepper Asparagus Soup!

It’s Spring and although we still have a few snow piles here and there and the temps haven’t stretched into the 50’s yet, I’m not going to let that get to me! Asparagus is out in full force in the markets and I’m going to eat every one of these luscious organic, tender, green vegetables I can get. (Even with the smelly pee comments from the hubs!)  I got a version of this recipe when I was cooking with my sister at an Easter dinner in NJ.  We love roasting veggies and this easy recipe was a perfect start to a Spring dinner. I guarantee that the color alone will put you in the warmer weather mood!

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Asparagus on ice at Healthy Living Market

You will need:

20 spears asparagus, trimmed

1/3 cup unsalted cashews

4 cups veggie broth

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper

olive oil

sea salt

fresh ground pepper

2 fresh lemon slices

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  On a parchment lined baking sheet layout the asparagus with lemon slices on top and cover with garlic.  Drizzle liberally with olive oil and sprinkle generously with lemon pepper and sea salt. Roast for 30 minutes remove from oven and cool. For garnish, cut off some of the asparagus tips and set aside.  In a blender add the rest of the cooled asparagus, cashews, the lemon slices minus the rinds and veggie broth.  Blend on high until smooth.  Taste to see if more salt and pepper is needed.

 

Reheat to serve but also nice served room temperature.  Garnish with reserved roasted asparagus tips.  Serves 4

 

*What we love about asparagus is its vitamin content. Full of K, E, C, B6 and A. It’s full of fiber as well as iron, copper, calcium and protein.  It tastes great and is easy to prepare.  Asparagus is a natural diuretic and it helps to remove toxins from your body hence the “smelly pee”. It’s just doing its job! So, grab some goodness next time you’re at the market!

 

Roasted Chestnut, Leek and Lentil Soup

CN soup1This time of year, chestnuts are on every street corner in New York City and memories of standing in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza conjures up the smoky sweet smell of those nuts that were served up in a plain brown bag.  I roasted the chestnuts in my oven for this recipe but later found preroasted, peeled, organic chestnuts ready to go (of course!). (more…)

Split Pea and Caramelized Leek Soup

pea soup leeks

I was checking out at the market last week and I always like to strike up a little conversation with the check-out people and baggers. (I’m sure they are just delighted!) I watched the young man struggling to put these two large leeks in a bag and I blurted out one of my favorite lines from the 2009 movie, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs – Revenge of the Leftovers, “Help there’s a leek in the boat!”.  The young bagger stopped and stared at me, then looked down at the leeks with that light dawning look on his face and said, “I finally get that joke, thanks!”.  I guess you had to be there and see the movie….. anyway, it’s all about the veggies!  Pea soup is a hearty dish that is pretty inexpensive to make using dried peas.  Here’s my recipe for a great cold weather soup that you can make in your slow cooker (bonus) and top it all off with sweet caramelized leeks. (more…)

It’s Not Hand Melon Yet Soup

I was conjuring up visions of ripe, sweet Saratoga Hand Melons with scoops of vanilla ice cream and squirts of lime juice when I came up with this cold soup recipe.   Although, Saratoga Hand Melons are not available until later in the summer, (and I couldn’t wait!) I subbed a large, ripe cantaloupe for this recipe.

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