Potato soups seem to generally come in two varieties. You can either have a triple bypass or a quadruple bypass/heart transplant combo deal. And a side of lifelong statin therapy.
You know, for what you’ll eventually have to go through if you eat them on a regular basis.
Thanks, but no thanks.
I have a half marathon (donate to fight cancer!) to run in just a week and a half and I’d prefer not to collapse in the middle of Times Square or somewhere along the dregs of the West Side Highway due to cardiac failure. No matter how appealing eating a bowl of soup made up entirely of carbs sounds at the moment.
I was working on accepting the fact that my potato soup dream was never quite going to happen. (At least not in a non-artery clogging kinda way.) And then, when I least expected it, into my life fell this potato-kale soup from Cooking Light. And it was like all of my carb-filled dreams came true in one fell swoop.
Between the gruyere topping (swoon) and the kinda-caramelized onion base, it tastes almost like a good French onion but with all the heartiness that potato has to offer. And it’s filled with a truckload of kale. Which, in my kitchen…is always a good thing.
One year ago…Seared Bean Sprouts with Tempeh and Sesame-Orange Sauce, Snickerdoodle Biscoff Sandwich Cookies
Three years ago…Sausage and Eggplant Polenta
Potato-Kale Soup with Gruyere
Serves 6, adapted from Cooking Light October 2002
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 7 cups vegetable broth
- 2 lb Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups chopped fresh kale (about 3/4 lb)
- 1 tsp tuscan seasoning
- 9 tbsp (about 2 oz) shredded Gruyere cheese
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Stir in the broth, potato, salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is tender.
- Stir in the kale and dried herbs. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until kale is tender. Discard the bay leaf. Partially mash the potatoes with a potato masher until thick and chunky. Season with salt to taste.
- Top each bowl with the cheese before serving.
I am submitting this to Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sundays!
Now. Can we also talk about juice? It’s kind of a point of contention between The.Boy and I because he can’t live without it and I pretty much refuse to drink my calories in a sugar-filled way (because I’d always rather have ice cream. Duh.).
Needless to say, we were both pretty psyched when we heard about Ocean Spray’s new line of Diet Juice drinks. They come in a ton of flavors (cranberry, cranberry with lime, cranberry-grape, cranberry-lemonade, cranberry-pomegranate, cranberry-cherry, blueberry, blueberry-pomegranate) and even in sparkling varieties! Each serving provides 100% of the vitamin C you need for the day for a fraction of the calories of regular juice. So if you’re a juice fiend or just like a drink with flavor as an alternative to water every once in a while, these are great options.
While The.Boy was perfectly happy to drink his juice plain with dinner, I decided to try mine in a smoothie. I blended the diet cranberry juice with frozen cherries, black cherry greek yogurt, and banana which resulted in a nutrient-dense, protein-rich and absolutely delicious smoothie! It was the perfect healthy after-dinner treat and definitely helped to curb my ice cream cravings.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Serves 1-2, adapted from Ocean Spray
- 3/4 cup Ocean Spray light cranberry juice
- 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries (I used frozen cherries)
- 1 (6 oz) container berry yogurt (I used nonfat black cherry greek yogurt)
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well-blended. Drink up!
I have partnered with Ocean Spray through DailyBuzz to help promote their new Ocean Spray Diet product. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with this product, however my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.