Nikki was busy in the garden this week and harvested an abundant crop of organic vegetables. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to go out into the garden to pick our own vegetables. No more long check-out queues at the supermarket. What a win!
Here she shares with you how to utilize some of those by making a simple, delicious and healthy leek, sweet potato, broccoli and kale soup:
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Serves 4 to 6 people
The ingredients needed to make the soup are straight-forward, wholesome and inexpensive. Ideally you can grow many of these yourself! Don’t have a garden? No problem, at the very least, you can grow your own herbs in our vertical gardens:
4 Cloves Of Garlic
1 De-seeded Chilli
1 Large Sweet Potato
Large Bunch Of Kale
Half A Head Of Broccoli
2 Large Leeks
1 Tin Of Coconut Milk
1 Litre Of Vegetable Stock
Handful Of Fresh Thyme
Pinch Of Salt And Pepper
Preparation is a snap and will only take a few minutes of your time. You’ll have a mouth-watering bowl of soup on your table in the blink of an eye:
Peel the onion and garlic
A top tip for peeling garlic is to lay a knife blade flat on top of the clove and press down with the palm of your hand, which will crack the skin and make it easier to remove
Freezing the onion for 10 minutes before chopping can help eliminate the sulfuric acid which makes your eyes tear up
Finely chop the onion, garlic and chilli
Rinse your hands with cold water after this step to minimize the after-smell of the garlic and to avoid getting any irritants in your eyes!
Wash the leeks, kale and broccoli then chop
Peel the sweet potatotes then dice
Finely chop the thyme
Cooking is just as simple. All you need to do is follow these easy step below:
Heat some coconut oil in a large pot
Add the garlic, onion and chilli to the pot and simmer cook until soft, stirring regularly
When the onion turns translucent, add the chopped leek and cook until soft and colourless. Don’t forget to keep stirring to avoid burning!
Next add the chopped kale and cook until soft
Then add the chopped broccoli and diced sweet potatoes and allow to cook
Mix the vegetable stock with 1 litre of boiling water and add to the pot
Pour in the coconut milk
Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 mins, until the sweet potatoes are soft
Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper
Blend the soup with a handheld blender
Stir in the fresh thyme, and voila! Your soup is ready to serve
Serve whilst hot in a soup bowl or cup, with some fresh bread.
If you make a big pot you can do a soup run for the homeless in your area. It doesn’t take long and can make a difference to those who really need it.
There are no shortage of opportunities to help. If you want to find out more, do a google search for local homeless shelters, and they will be happy to speak to you. In Cape Town, you can get in touch with The Haven.