MINTY PEA AND ASPARAGUS SOUP ( (Vegan, Vegetarian/Gluten Free)
This may be my new favorite springtime recipe (although I would seriously eat this all year!). It’s super easy to make and the herbs are so fragrant.
It only has a few ingredients and adding more or less only make it taste great. Remember, it’s all to your liking. It makes a vibrant green soup that looks and tastes satisfying and it is so bright! You can serve hot or cold - it’s DELICIOUS either way.
Serves 4. I tripled this recipe for a dinner party and it was delicious!
1 large bunch asparagus (ends removed)
1 cup of frozen green peas
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup of fresh basil (packed)
2 TBS fresh mint
½ cup of coconut mylk or coconut cream
3 cups vegetable broth
salt, pepper and fresh lemon
Directions: Add coconut oil to a warmed pot. Cut asparagus and scallions into small(ish) pieces and add them to a large pot with the green peas. Saute on medium to low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vegetable broth the mix. Try making your own or use my favorite Better Than Bouillon). Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add coconut cream/mylk and cook for two minutes more. Adding full fat coconut cream gives this recipe a rich velveting texture. You can also add low fat or full fat coconut mylk.
Add the mixture plus herbs to your Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth. Return the soup to the pot or serving bowl. Try adding fresh lemon, salt and pepper. You can top with roasted and salted pepitas!
You can also use ghee or any oil you like in place of the coconut oil and use any milk you like in place of the coconut cream/mylk.
A little more about MINT: Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is thought to increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion (which may also support healthy cholesterol levels).
A little more about BASIL: Basil, also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is an herb belonging to the mint family. The herb may have anti-inflammatory qualities. Basil is a potent antibacterial. Studies have shown that basil "contains a wide range of essential oils, rich in phenolic compounds, and a wide array of other natural products including polyphenols such as flavonoids and anthocyanin." According to research conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, basil contains (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which may be useful in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.
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