Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Having a lots of delicious food during the Chinese new Year, my diet plan was ruined totally, my weight was gained back to the starting point. I think I need to set up a calories restricted diet plan as soon as possible.

First, I need a good cleansing diet which is the process that helps the body remove toxic chemicals and waste materials. With detox diet, you will eat only fruits, vegetables and foods that are unprocessed. These foods are high in fiber and rich in vitamins so they will be able to exterminate the environmental toxins that got transferred to the body.

Part of some information from : http://EzineArticles.com/1807903

I started with one cup of fresh lemon juice with warm water every morning, and follow with 2 more cups of water, the breakfast contain porridge oats with frozen fruits, sometimes yogurt with frozen fruits, or bran flakes with soya milk and frozen fruits……

Lunch contained with lots of different home made soup, especially green vegetable soup, and the meanwhile I need to minimizing the carbonhydrates intake, but I knew this is my weak point, how can I reduce the carbonhydrates in my diet and my meal will fill me up, I haven’t got any clue of it! So I think eat more veggi and fruits, is that right? I don’t know, but I need a good balance nutrients diet plan.

I learned something about Kale. Kale is rich of vitamin K, A , C and sulphur-containing phytonutrients. It can provide some special cholesterol-lowering benefits. Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. Oh, sounds it is right for me at this moment.

They said one cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Is it really that good?

So, I bought a pack of fresh Kale from the supermarket, it look quite prickly. I think I better make a soup with it, not sure I can chew it if I steam it. And I don’t want to use potato to thicken the soup, so I use tinned chick pea instead, then I blend it all up, so I don’t need to chew this prickly leaves, haha 🙂

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Ingredient: 

  1.   200g Fresh chopped kale
  2.   1 Tinned Chick peas, drained
  3.   800g Vegetable stock
  4.   1 Onion, chopped   **
  5.   1 Clove garlic, finely chopped  **
  6.   Sea salt and ground black pepper
  7.   Dash of extra virgin olive oil     ( optional )
  8.   Dollop of natural yogurt  ( optional )

**  As usual, I didn’t use the onion and garlic.

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Kale and Chick Pea Soup

Method: 

  • Add 1 tsp of olive oil in a saucepan, fry the onion for about 3 minutes, until it change colour, add the chopped garlic, and fry for 1/2 minute. add the hot stock in and bring to the boil, throw all the chopped kale into the saucepan, let it boil again, then add the drained chick peas.
  • Let the soup boil and turn the heat lower, simmer for about 20 minutes, off heat.
  • Pour all  the cooked vegetables into a blender with little bit of the stock, blend it until all smooth.
  • Pour it back to the saucepan and bring back to boil, add seasoning and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a dollop of natural yogurt, done!  🙂
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