Super Healthy 'green' Soup
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- 1 large leek, well washed and finely sliced (onion works fine as an alternative)
- 1⁄2 bunch celery, sliced (use the leaves too)
- 1 large head of broccoli, washed and broken into florets
- 3 medium zucchini, sliced
- 1 green capsicum, chopped
- 1 liter chicken stock (vegetable stock works as well)
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄3 cup lemon juice (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh chili pepper, finely chopped (or to taste, feel free to omit if you like)
- 240 g canned lentils, drained
- Place a large pot over medium heat on the stove. Add some olive oil, the garlic, chilli and leek (or onion, if using). Saute gently for 2 minutes. Do not allow leek to change colour; remember the soup is a 'green' soup so the vegetables should stay as green as possible - we don't want them browned!
- Add the celery and saute gently for another 2 minutes.
- Add broccoli, zucchini and capsicum, stirring all ingredients together. Saute gently for approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly. Use your best judgement at this point; vegetables should be softened but not mushy, and they should not be changing colour.
- Add chicken stock, water and lemon juice and seeded mustard. Cover pot and bring to boil. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are soft but not disintegrating.
- Puree the soup well, using either a stick blender or carefully blending batches in a food processor. If soup is too thick, add more water until you achieve the consistency you prefer.
- Once pureed, transfer soup back to pot and add lentils (if using). Bring to boil and simmer gently for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary (I never add salt but some might feel it is necessary to put some in).
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