I’m sure that most of you are exactly like me – wanting to eat healthily but pushed for time and often too tired after the demands of the day to cook something ‘proper’. I definitely have days when it feels like too much effort even to cut some veg up for a stir fry.
If that’s you, then you need to add this amazing Spinach & Leek soup to your recipe collection. No word of a lie, this literally takes 12 minutes (15 max) to make from whole veg in the cupboard to piping hot in your bowl! It freezes really well so you can make a big batch and have it ready even faster on cold, damp days like today when you need warming up and nourishing.
As well as the speed factor, it’s also incredibly good for you. Here’s why:
- Leafy greens are very alkalising and the body loves to be alkaline. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and other nasties thrive in an acidic environment so you’ll be pushing up the alkaline scale with this soup!
- All the alliums (eg onions, leeks, garlic, spring onions) provide phytochemicals that help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lessen the risk of blood clots and boost natural resistance to bacterial and fungal infections.
- Spinach contains large amounts of betacarotene which is one of the key nutrients for blemish free, beautiful skin!
- I used 160g bag of spinach in this recipe which has only about 35 calories but contains 10 days worth of Vitamin K, three days worth of Vitamin A and almost a day’s worth of folic acid and manganese.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 2 sliced leeks
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 3 handfuls of spinach (I use the whole 160g bag)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- salt & pepper to taste
Heat the oil then gently sweat the onions and garlic over a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes.
Add the leek and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir the spinach in until wilted, add the nutmeg and seasoning.
Blend and serve! Delicious with fresh crusty bread.
Let me know if you make it and like it! Can you beat the 12-minute record?!