Fortified with kale, spinach, collards, and chard, this four greens soup will nourish, satisfy, and inspire a craving for this incredibly healthy dish!
We all crave certain foods and, I like to argue, a finely-tuned and property-interpreted craving can be a little peek into what our complex bodies need at that exact moment. Sometimes I crave sweet potatoes when I need more carbohydrates and sometimes I’ll get a strange craving for grapefruit when I need more Vitamin C. I’ve craved sardines, beef, berries, cilantro, beets, and even eggplant, but the food I find myself craving most often is a dark leafy green. THIS particular craving hits me like a bag of bricks and the need is (often) involuntarily voiced out-loud. It usually washes over me after a long trip or indulgent weekend. I’ll find myself standing in the kitchen saying “I just need something GREEN!” I mean, really, really green. I want to go ham on a piece of kale. The only problem is, as soon as I start chewing on said raw piece of kale, I’m instantly bored and that boredom edges out the craving. So, I move onto more practical foods …like the leftover gluten-free pizza siting on the top shelf of my refrigerator.
I got to thinking one day that it would be SO nice to have a go-to dish that could squash a craving (or bodily need) for greens that ALSO tasted really, really good. Though I have a number of killer (if I do say so, myself) cooked leafy green recipes in my ‘Fed & Fit’ book (braised kale, lemony bacon super greens, green detox smoothie, etc.), I was in the mood for something savory that didn’t involve a whole bunch of chewing.
A light bulb went off: soup! Let’s make soup. Let’s make some soup with all the greens. We’ll add in a little chicken broth, pinch of sea salt, a sauteed onion + garlic, and (obviously) fresh lemon.
I made this soup in an effort to help satisfy my craving for “something green” and, though it delivered, it also accidentally inspired a NEW craving for this green, green soup! I was honestly surprised by how much I loved this soup. I inhaled two full bowls and wanted more. It was delicious, satisfying, and gave me that green boost I wanted without feeling like a rabbit.
Backed by kale, spinach, collards, and chard, this four greens soup is sure to make green cravings craveable again.
I hope you enjoy!
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
The soup will keep as leftovers for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Note that it also freezes well!