Sunday, October 9, 2011

Kale & Spinach Soup

I was reading an article on CNN.Com about this super food soup that had Kale and spinach and thought this sounded great.   I told my other half that I was thinking of making it and he made a face.   He stated that it might not be good.  I said it didn't seem any different than the Naked smoothie he liked.  But he pointed out the amount of juices added to sweeten it and not be so kaley or spinachy.    So I started to think about another soup I love to make from the Flexitarian cookbook.   I thought maybe I can combine the two recipes and come up with something that would be hit with the hubby and still have the healthy super food effect. 

Kale & Spinach Soup

1 large Vadalia onion sliced (this is a sweeter option)
3 cloves of garlic
3 medium to large carrots diced
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 clam shell of spinach
1 clam shell of kale (can be purchased at Whole Foods or by Earthbound)
1 32 oz box of vegetable low sodium stock
1/2 cup of basmati rice
1 cup of goat's cheese (optional if you are lactose intolerant)
salt & pepper to taste.

In a large soup pot, heat up the olive and add the onion, garlic, carrots and cayenne pepper.  Cook until the veggies are tender.  Add in the stock and rice.   Next add in the kale and spinach.  Let it wilt down.  Add the salt and pepper periodically to your taste.

Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer.  Approximately 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Turn off the heat and using an immersion stick, begin to blend the soup down.  If you are adding the goat's cheese add mid point of the blending.
Serve with a good bread and a squeeze of lemon juice to bring out the flavor even more.

TASTE! Street Vendor Food Awards

 Last weekend I got a chance to experience the First Annual (yes I hope there will be more) Street Vendor Awards.   I have become a huge fan of the food truck revolution happening here in Minneapolis.

It was great to see all my favorite vendors (and great DFI foods) like Chef Shack, Vellee, Twisted Sister, World Street Kitchen and Scratch.   It was also great to get a chance to try a few other trucks that mainly stay in St Paul. 

The event itself was well planned and orchestrate beautifully.  Although Taste! itself seemed to cater to a more high end individual, it was great to see a good mix of all people since the food trucks have tons of fans. 

The judges were local celebrity foodies including Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak.   The judging panel tried a signature dish from several of the food trucks to determine who would be the Street Vendor of the year.   There was also a chance for the foodie fans to get involved with a People's Choice Award.

After the deliberation, the awards were announced and the winner was the new kid on the block Scratch!    People's choice award went to the Gastro Truck (a St Paul favorite).

All in all it was an amazing way to celebrate a beautiful autumn afternoon and celebrate local vendors.    I highly recommend going next year!