Posts tagged asparagus
Simple Summer Veggie Soup

Do you ever crave veggies? I do, usually right after a vacation where I have indulged in all the wine and cheese my body can hold! So when I get back home my first stop is the grocery store to fill my cart with all the green goodness my body is craving. This simple summer soup is a savory way to replenish your body after a vacation or anytime you want to fill your life with more veggies.  

This soup is simple and fast to make and sits light on your stomach but will definitely satisfy. Whenever I eat this soup I feel refreshed and replenished. The light herbed sour cream on top adds a touch of creaminess and tons of herby brightness. 

Feel free to use different veggies or add in a pasta in the last 10 minutes of cooking if you want to make this soup more substantial. 

My tip on this soup is to make sure that you cut all of the veggies roughly the same size so they all cook evenly. 

 

Enjoy!  

Simple Summer Veggie Soup

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 leek, trim the green top off, cleaned and sliced thin 
  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes, cubed 
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth 
  • 1 cup asparagus, chopped into small pieces 
  • 1 zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh spinach 
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannelloni beans, drained 
  • 1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes, drained 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped 
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

In a large pot, add olive oil and leeks. Saute leeks at medium heat until softened. Add in potatoes and broth and cook for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp tender. Add in asparagus, zucchini, peas, tomatoes and beans. Cook at a low simmer for 10 minutes. Add in spinach and stir until spinach is wilted. Keep warm on low heat. 

In a small bowl, add the sour cream chopped herbs and garlic powder. Stir and season with salt and pepper.  

Ladle soup into bowls and top with a spoonful of herbed sour cream. 

 

Spring Chopped Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Spring is here! It's getting warmer, the grass is greener and the flowers are starting to pop up everywhere. All of these changes bring the return of one of my favorite vegetables, asparagus! I could eat it all day every day and not get tired of it's crunchy texture and sweet yet slightly bitter flavor. I added it into a chopped salad that contains bright and crunchy flavors that are perfect for spring. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand, but I like the pairing of radish, cauliflower, broccoli and cucumber with the asparagus. 

When you purchase your asparagus for this recipe, look for asparagus with firm and crisp stalks and tight, fully closed budding tips. Don't buy asparagus that is wimpy or slimy, it will be bland and starchy.

To top off so many bright flavors, I made a creamy parmesan dressing to pull it all together. Made with Greek yogurt, it's a lighter way to bring some serious cheesy goodness to this salad. You could also use a light ranch dressing if you want to cut down on the prep time for this recipe. 

Enjoy!! 

Spring Chopped Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped 
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets 
  • 1 cup broccoli florets 
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped into bite sized pieces 
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced thin 
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced 
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste     

For the dressing: Whisk together yogurt, vinegar and mustard. Drizzle in olive oil and whisk until thick. Stir in parmesan cheese. Set aside. 

For the salad: In a large bowl, toss together all of the veggies and romaine. Drizzle dressing over the top and serve.