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Detox Green Soup Recipe with Broccoli, Spinach and Ginger

Detox green soup recipe with broccoli and spinach and ginger
Detoxing from your holiday sugar fest? Try this vegan green soup with ginger.

I'm not perfect. Goddess knows. Especially during the long pale days of Winter. When I am a slug. Motivation is tricky to summon. I loll on the couch with my iPad and expend as few calories as possible, doing nothing more than watching House Hunters International as I read through your ever delightful comments. I scoop guacamole with homemade pecan crackers and conjure recipes for detox green soup as I follow tall young Cincinnatians ducking into tiny Italian kitchens the size of my corner sofa, daunted by the lack of plumbing but in love with the sun baked view of a tangled vineyard through open shutters. I mute the unintentionally absurd commercial for Cialis, trying to imagine why any woman over the age of fifty would even want to deal with 24-hour tumescence before I realize I have eaten a giant avocado.

All by myself.

I don't beat myself up. I know the bottom line. I didn't just fall off the turnip truck. I am not naive. Perfection is unattainable. No matter what the ad men tell you. And it's not perfection I seek. Though, in full transparency, I used to nurture an inclination toward seeking perfection in my long ago first marriage, but the wrecking ball named irony hit too hard to ignore. Turns out my first husband preferred someone decidedly not perfect. Someone sporting iridescent teal eye shadow and fond of dancing drunk with married men at Chamber of Commerce Christmas parties. That taught me a thing or two. Or three.

The thing about perfection is that no one cares.

And neither does your soul. In fact, your soul loves to throw a monkey headlong into your perfect plan. You know the monkey I'm talking about. The monkey who misses deadlines and loses car keys and eats an entire bowl of guacamole in one sitting (or laying down, as the case may be). So much for resolutions and diet strategies. Monkey WIN!

But just in case you're serious about cleansing those fat little liver cells and whittling away your holiday pie roll, I did make a detox soup. And yes, it was green. And cruciferously abundant in vegan veggie wonderfulness.

It made us feel happy.

And well fed.

Quite virtuous.

But not perfect.

Because perfection, Darling, is not only unattainable.

Perfection is highly overrated.





Green soup recipe that is vegan and gluten free with spinach broccoli and ginger
This easy green soup recipe is flavorful and light.


Detox Green Soup Recipe with Broccoli, Spinach and Ginger


This easy detox soup can be thin or thick, depending upon the amount of water you add. It cooks up fast. We served ours with a modest scoop of hot cooked jasmine rice in the middle. Super good.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 cups fresh broccoli, cut up
1/2 pound of fresh spinach leaves
3 parsnips, peeled, cored, chopped
2 ribs of celery, trimmed, chopped
A handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Fresh water, as needed
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
Lemon or lime juice


Instructions:

Using a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and stir in the garlic, onion, and ginger to season the oil. Add the broccoli, spinach, parsnips, celery and parsley, and stir a bit until the spinach wilts and collapses. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables. Remember the spinach will cook down quite a bit, so don't add too much water at first. You can always thin the soup later, if you need to.

Bring to a high simmer, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to a medium simmer. Cook for fifteen minutes or so until the veggies are softened.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.

Taste test. Does it need brightening? Add a squeeze of citrus.

Options:

To make this a creamy (and still non-dairy) soup add a good dash of light coconut milk.

And if you're not averse to grains, serve with a spoonful of hot cooked rice in the center of the bowl- so fabulous.

Serves 4.



Karina

61 comments:

  1. The soup looks wonderful. I wonder how it would be served cold, à la Vichyssoise.

    Happy New Year!

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  2. I imagine it would be delicious. With a dollop of yogurt, perhaps? Karina

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  3. Laurie16:14

    I watch House Hunters International, too! I'm bookmarking this recipe, along with so many others of yours. You're a lifesaver for someone who's gluten, dairy, soy and corn intolerant.

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  4. I know I'm risking the old cliche comment here, but I really am adding this to my list of soups to make. I just started my detox on Monday and this just sounds fabulous.

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  5. I feel like a giant pie roll! I think I need to make this soup. Have you seen that show, man shops globe?

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  6. Anonymous17:15

    Oh, I love House Hunters Int. too!! Not as crazy as the folks that are buying their vacation home in Mexico or some tropical isle...love the European ones : )
    I was looking for an simple soup recipe, I am trying to wrangle my Doris also. Avocados are so cheap and delicious now...that would be okay to have with the soup...no? Thanks, Karina.
    Eileen

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  7. Buying ingredients for this tonight!

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  8. PerfectlyFlawed17:28

    I love your attitude, Karina and I ♥ you! Here's to the "imperfections" that make life beautiful!

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  9. I'm gonna make this not for the detox, but because there's lovely broccoli in the kitchen!

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  10. Oh yeah - bring on the broccoli!

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  11. Well perfection may be unattainable, but your writing comes pretty damn close!

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  12. Yum! Definitely need a detox. I've been making miso soup and such, but this sounds like another soup that would be perfect for my detox. Thanks!

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  13. What a great recipe idea! I am going to give this one a whirl tonight. One of my new years resolutions was to eat more healthy food so thank you for this recipe that should help me to achieve this.

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  14. Such a nice clean soup, all veggies, just a little oil, perfect for a little detox!

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  15. Mmmm looks good! Exactly what I was looking for.

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  16. Wow, this looks awesome! I follow the Paleo Diet and could use a good detox soup. Thanks!

    Cara
    http://primroseandpaleo.wordpress.com

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  17. This looks like it will be so nutritious! thanks

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  18. Oh, the color! Can't take my eyes off it.

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  19. This sounds great. And it is healthy to boot!

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  20. This looks delicious, I love green soups and can't wait to try this! Sounds so nutritious and full of goodness, thanks for this! Great post

    Teenie Foodie

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  21. Jane16:02

    Thank you! I've been trying to find a soup recipe like this for awhile. You should try this miso recipe, i always make it when Im sick!

    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/soups-a-stews/feel-better-miso

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  22. Thank you, Everyone, for your kind comments and green soup love. We had it the second night with a scoop of hot cooked rice in the bowl. Baby was that good!

    More soup recipes to come. xox

    Karina

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  23. As much as I loathe everything 'detox', the soup looks delicious.

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  24. Oh a brilliant post, Karina! There can't be enough putting the "P" word in its place. ;-) I've used it rarely for recipes, but even then it's so subjective and perhaps fleeting. Laughed out loud at the Cialis reference! Oh, and the soup? I know I'd love it. Plus, I know you've dissed detox recipes before, so this one really must be good! :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

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  25. Shirley- Not really dissed. I'm a vegan after all. I basically eat a detox diet all the time (for my inflammation and ulcer). I was just trying to be funny in last year's post about the New Year.

    xox Karina

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  26. This soup is perfection! Easy and SO delish.

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  27. Thoroughly enjoyed this soup for dinner tonight. I had to substitute kale for spinach as the spinach at Whole Foods was bleh. I love the natural spicy bite without having to add anything harsh. Thank you for this great recipe. The holiday pie roll thanks you too!

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  28. that kind of reminds me of this detox like soup my mom made called beelers broth growing up. I crave it.. and now I want some!

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  29. I know all about perfections and monkeys - wish I had the energy for this soup - maybe will save it for winter

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  30. Oh, man! I totally forgot to get celery and parsnips today :-/ I've been wanting to make this soup all week and thought I remembered everything on my list. I should have looked at the list. I had it with me.
    I have small, long radishes, and carrots...I know they're not green, but I think I will try them as a sub for the celery and parsnips. I'm not sure how detoxifying they are. I would LOVE to know why you chose the particular veggies you did...how they aid in detox. I'll let you know how the soup fares with the substitutions. I will definitely try it with all the correct ingredients sometime soon, too.

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  31. It turned out GREAT, even subbing the radishes and carrots for the parsnips and celery. My husband (who has a difficult time eating foods that "taste green") loved it as well! :-) Excellent soup, Karina! Thank you!

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  32. Anonymous16:57

    I am allergic to ginger but would love to try this recipe. Any suggestions for a substitute?

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  33. Thanks again for your lovely feedback! I'm glad you liked the soup- and even with carrots! Sounds yummy.

    As for detoxing- vegan ingredients and anti-inflammatory foods are what I look for in detoxing. Certain spices help, too. Think of the curry blends- those spices are all wonderful for detox.

    To replace ginger you could add any herb or spice you like, really. How about cilantro? That's a great herb for the liver.

    xox Karina

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  34. Anonymous21:41

    just finished 2 scrumptious bowls of this soup...truly outstanding karina!
    i'm crazy for your recipes and your writing- both keep me inspired during the east coast cold. thank you!

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  35. AMAZING! I used carrots instead of parsnip to keep it Body Ecology Diet safe, still delicious. Thanks for all your great work!

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  36. Beautiful soup! I adore foods that are deep green in color. This would be a great one for my family members that eat cooked foods. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.
    Peace & Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

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  37. Wow that looks great! My detox green soup is a family recipe:
    4 zucchinis
    1 head of celery
    1 bunch of parsley
    2 big handfuls of green beans

    http://sw88tpea.blogspot.com/2010/08/green-soup-and-awesome-allergy-free.html

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  38. The Detox Green soup sounds wonderful!

    I will cook it soon!

    http://glendathegoodfoodie.wordpress.com
    I even shared it on my blog.

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  39. Anonymous18:26

    This was so good!! I used a sweet potato and carrots instead of the parsnip. Also, try using vegetable broth/chicken broth!

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  40. Thanks again, Everyone! Love your enthusiasm, ideas, and recipe changes.

    Be well! xox

    Karina

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  41. As I tweeted/facebooked -- DEAR FSM, this is good.

    Thinking I'd finally do a Celiac test biopsy, I started eating gluten again last Tuesday. By Saturday morning, I was crying "UNCLE!" Diagnosis or none, my body clearly doesn't like gluten. Even my "fat jeans" are too tight!

    I was catching up on the blog-feed when I saw this one, Karina -- so glad it hadn't slipped off my radar yet!

    My version: used two limes' worth of juice, added a pinch of mild yellow curry, used SD coconut milk since I happened to have it on hand. I expect that I'll start making this regularly just to keep it on hand.

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  42. Forgot one question: what is the benefit of using sea salt over regular table salt? (I probably should know, but I simply don't.)

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  43. Anonymous12:23

    I was nervous-excited about trying out this recipe but, encouraged by the rave reviews, followed it to a "t" and was surprised to find myself having a second bowl in no time! I added unsweetened So Good Coconut milk and a dollop of Jasmine rice! DELICIOUS! I loved that all the ingredients were rough chopped since they were to be blended anyways. Thanks Karina!

    @meanderwithme, sea salt is unrefined salt, with more flavour than table salt due to a higher mineral content. Table salt is heat-blasted and chemically treated, which strips the salt of all minerals other than sodium and chloride. Believe it or not, table salt also contains sugar!

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  44. Thanks for the input, Anon; clearly I was feeling too lazy to use my mad google skillz.

    And, as predicted, I'm making this again...already. I finished off batch one this morning, and simply want to have more! The green is leaving me feeling so fabulous and *not* hungry. Hooray!

    Since I'm trying to convince my non-GF daughter and husband to join me (and my son), I think I will attempt to cook at least one new GF Goddess recipe per week. :)

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  45. Anonymous12:39

    Soup was fantastic!! Thank you.

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  46. YUMMY! I made this for lunch today, and in stead of adding water at the end to puree it, I added miso soup, Oh. My. GOSH! delicious! Try it with Miso soup if you're able instead of the water, adds a whole new layer of flavor. Thanks for this recipe, I am full to sloshy-bursting now :)
    Meghann

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  47. Anyone have any protein side dishes that would go well with this? I'm having trouble convincing hubby to try it :( I like it though!

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  48. Anonymous21:30

    I just made this soup and it was wayyy more flavorful than I expected. I absolutely loved it. I have been on the Blood Type Diet and this soup fits into that nicely. Thanks!

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  49. Hi Karina!
    I made this soup today and it was so good :)
    At the end, when it ready to eat...I added a little apple cider vinegar. AMAZING!

    Also, I just wanted to thank you for your blog - for the recipes, the stories, and for all the effort you put into it.

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  50. Thank you all SO MUCH for the lovely feedback and comments. You rock. xox

    Karina

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  51. Oh wow, this is DELICIOUS! Made some last night for lunches this week. I added cayenne pepper and it's awesome! Thanks so much!!!

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  52. Emily11:29

    Very easy to make and delicious. I made it for the 1st time last week and had to make a second batch this week - and yes adding cayenne is delicious. It is great with or without the coconut milk and also cilantro instead of parsley.

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  53. I love broccoli, but usually not cooked - nope not even steamed. So, I was slightly apprehensive about this soup - but OH MY! It's so delicious, I added quite a bit of lime - and what a ton of flavor. I'm glad that I made the rice as well (just pre-made for tonight's dinner) because the difference in texture is nice. Lovely soup!

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  54. This is an amazing recipe and rest for the body. I so relate to finding myself striving to be perfect as if it can be attained. Then I look at my daughter and snap out of it so I can step into being the woman I want her to be. :)

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  55. Just a forewarning: This post may be a little long. I have a bad habit of doing that...

    First off, I can't even tell you how ecstatic I was to find this website. I'm a gluten free (Celiac diagnosis 5 years ago) and Vegan. I'm CONSTANTLY looking for new recipes. However, I'm a college student who has recently moved out of my parents house and--especially as of late--my diet has been quite bland. I appreciate that a lot of the recipes are wallet friendly (well, as wallet friendly as V/GF can be!) because as you know, V/GF foods generally have somewhere around a 150% mark-up than their non-V/GF counterparts. Ouch.

    Second, I was thinking I'd like to add potatoes to this recipe. How would you suggest doing so? Chunks/bites or mash them and stir it in? I have a 10 lbs. bag in my cabinet that needs to be used. Plus, I just like carbs and/or starches at every meal (keeps me from gorging my face with them later!). And as my mom always told me: You can stretch meals a lot with potatoes. They're cheap, have protein, fiber and potassium.

    And third, I didn't see it in the list of recipes or maybe I'm just overlooking it, but do you have a potato based V/GF stew/veggie soup? I used to get one at Vons (AKA Safeway) that was a Vons brand, but they quit carrying it. It had potatoes, green beans, celery, carrots, tomato and corn I think, but it was so full of flavor. I tried making it at home and it just came out BLAND. Tried adding more seasonings and it ended up being TOO much and it was ruined. I used to LOVE soups and stews and I ate them for at least one meal a day, but every single one I like has disappeared from the shelves. I need some substitutes!

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  56. I have a couple of creamy potato soup recipes listed in Soups and Stews (link on the upper left) that are smooth-- or you could leave them chunky; and an Irish potato stew (with sausage- you could omit). Hope that helps! I'm making a soup tonight, too. Take care! Karina

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  57. I found this recipe and your blog this morning and made it for Lunch today. So Yummy just the right thing that I needed to start my detoxing thank you for sharing!

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  58. I was wondering what an emersion blender is? Is that a hand held blender? If so I have that and I will be making this soup ASAP. I just found out I need to go gluten free and I must say this blog is a life saver!

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  59. Yes, an immersion blender is a hand-held blender. Go! :-)

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