Purple Haze Kale Soup

If you've been following my blog for any time now you may know that I've been having a long-time love affair with kale and it's not about to end any time soon. Until I began eating healthfully, I never even knew what kale was, other than that small bit of green that restaurants would use to garnish my steak and potato dish. I always left it on my plate, lonely and seemingly inedible. Little did I know...

I found this spectacular purple kale on my last visit to Whole Foods and picked up two huge bunches that I could barely squeeze into the produce bags.

I'd been contemplating how I wanted to use it and yesterday realized it had been in my fridge for about three days so I'd better do something fast! I decided on a simple soup, expecting some tasty flavors. What I didn't expect was the ethereal color that would result in the broth from the purple pigment in those kale leaves! The purple color leaks out when cooked. When I then added my cashews for creaminess, I was surprised again at the soft, lavender tint that arose. I'm an ex-rocker—yes, really—and so I immediately thought of the term purple haze, à la Jimy Hendrix tune, while getting lost in that heavenly broth.

The flavors of this soup are as subtle as its color... mellow and subdued. And very unlike a Jimi Hendrix guitar riff.

  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cups tightly packed, chopped purple kale
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 redskin potato, unpeeled and chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed
  • 2 tsp summer savory (or substitute 1 tsp parsley flakes + 1 tsp marjoram)
  • 2 TBS low-sodium veggie base (I use Vogue brand)
  • 2 TBS salt-free Spike or other all purpose low-sodium spice mix
  • 1/2 cup cashews

  1. Place all ingredients, except the beans and the cashews into a soup pot and simmer until veggies are tender.
  2. When the soup is done, add the cashews to a high powdered blender and ladle some of the soup broth over them, just enough to cover. Blend until smooth and add to soup.
  3. Add beans and stir to combine.

Serves 4. Enjoy!

" 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky..."

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