Not-Your-Typical Vegetable Soup

A good vegetable soup is like getting a warm hug on a winter’s day.

I love soup. I could have just a warm bowl of soup for supper in the winter and be satisfied.

This recipe however, will introduce you to probably one or two unknown vegetables. Keep and open mind. I promise you, it won’t disappoint.

Ingredients

1 malanga, peeled and diced

1/3 daikon radish, peeled and diced

1 yellow zucchini, peeled and diced

3 celery stalks, diced

1 leek, chopped, white part only

1 clove of an elephant garlic or 3 smaller ones, chopped

2 cubes of vegan approved vegetable stock (look for organic, no msg, no yeast and low sodium)

1 butternut squash, peeled and diced

2 quarts of filtered water

1/3 c. fresh coriander, chopped

1/3 c. fresh dill, chopped

2 c. chickpeas, optional

Olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions

Meet the cast of characters…

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No you did not read the first ingredient wrong… please meet malanga if the two of you are not already acquainted and be nice :)

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No, this is not a coconut. Malanga is a root and is most commonly found in Cuban cooking. It is higher in calories than a potato BUT it has 3 times more fiber, which is helpful for limiting your risk of digestive issues, heart disease and diabetes. Unlike the potato, malanga is more mineral-rich. Malanga contains more potassium, phosphorus and magnesium than a potato and it also contains small amounts of calcium and iron, which the potato doesn’t. It is also lower on the glycemic index than a potato so it does not spike your sugar levels as quickly. It is also the most hyper allergenic food.

Throw all the veggies, coriander and the garlic in a stock pot with olive oil and begin to brown the veggies until they become soft and a little mushy….This will take about 30 minutes.

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Add 2 quarts of water and the vegetable stock cubes.

Simmer on medium low heat for 20 minutes. Place contents of stockpot in a blender (you might have to work in batches) and blend until smooth and creamy. Return to stockpot, add the fresh dill and simmer on low for another 20 minutes.

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Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Leopard Latte says

    Shabbat Shalom!
    Where do you buy malanga? I’m familiar with it from my life in Colombia,
    but I’ve never seen it here?

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