The storm is coming and that means wet, cold, and just plain unpleasant weather. This type of day deserves an awesome healthy and hot soup to make it a little better using none other than my favorite ingredient; kale! I have made many different variations of this soup but one that I love is inspired by Nutrition Diva that features kale, lemon, and my own substitution of quinoa instead of rice.
The recipe follows as such:
1/2 pound fresh kale
2 cups organic chicken stock
2 cups water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup quinoa
Juice from 1 fresh lemon (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook quinoa according to directions
2. Coarsely chop kale, discarding thick stems
3. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat and add onion, cooking until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.
4. Add broth, kale, rice, lemon juice and zest to onions in soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until rice is tender. (Add more water or broth, if needed.) Season with salt and pepper.