Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Spinach soup: a Detox January recipe

Spinach soup
So ... how's your Detox January going?

Mine started out with a scolding from the Wii Fit for not having visited in 347 days. Bite me, you weasly little machine. I guess I should have made it my friend on Facebook last year so it would have been aware of the 5K I ran and the never-ending, twice-daily dog walking.

But back to the food: soup is my secret weapon during Detox January.

Soup is a great vehicle for adding more veggies to your diet and staving off hunger, without sucking down tons of fat and calories. At mid-afternoon, when it feels like snack time, I will often heat up a single-serve container of organic vegetable broth and sip it like tea: warm, filling and only 15 calories!

This spinach soup comes from Eating Well magazine (fun fact: their editorial headquarters is located right here in my little corner of Vermont). Upon serving, I added a little salt and a small dollop of creme fraiche, but a sprinkling of chopped rosemary or grated nutmeg would be nice as well. Served with a salad, the soup makes a nice lunch or a great meatless supper.

And the beautiful spring green color alone will make you glad you gave it a try!

Spinach soup (adapted from

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary, or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
2 cups diced peeled red potatoes
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
6 cups fresh baby spinach
Grated nutmeg or chopped rosemary for garnish (optional)

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a simmer over medium heat, cooking until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer until tender, about 5 minutes more. Puree the soup with an immersion blender and serve with grated nutmeg or chopped rosemary.


  1. that sounds good! I'm actually doing pretty well...with my detox, even though it's only been 3 days. I dragged out my old Gilad tape and jumped around the room with him not only yesterday, but also today! Go me.

    and now that I've consumed the remaining m&m's my eating should be better, LOL. That soup sounds very good, I'll be trying that soon. I'm having bean soup as we speak and feeling very virtous.

  2. Awesome!! We got Gilad's new set of DVDs about 2 years ago ... and promptly forgot about them. But I love him, so I may have to drag them out again!

  3. Just made this twice this weekend - another hit! Cristina