Green Day:* French Green Soup with Spinach, Lettuce and Peas

*No relation to the band of the same name, of course.

[Holy shamrock! That soup really is rather green!]

After being on the ACD for a full year now, I must admit to feeling a bit like a basket case (my, time sure does fly when you’re [not] having fungus).  Having cut out poprocks and coke–not to mention all sugars, molds and fungi–it seems my body is now just a minim closer to reacting normally when faced with gastonomic excess.  Whereas pre-ACD, I might have mindlessly polished off an entire pan of brownies in one day (who am I kidding?  more like one sitting), nowadays, I start to feel full after barely four squares of ACD-friendly treats. Just call me a walking contradiction. 

And so, lately, I’ve been feeling my body’s warning to take it easy. I suppose I could blame it on too many experiments in the kitchen (cheese breadFudgeBrain stew?).  Or I could blame our recent trip to Florida, where the locals beckoned, “welcome to paradise,” inviting me to eat all manner of slightly questionable foods (such as Butternut and Edamame Hash, likely bathed in maple syrup). I might just blame it on my current holiday from the college (Oh!  Please wake me up when September ends!). Should I blame my dysfunctional childhood, with its boulevard of broken dreams?  Or should I just blame it on the rain (hey! how the heck did those guys get in here?).

Whatever the reason, I’ve been feeling a need to cleanse, to refresh, to–yes, detox–lately.  Not that I’m jaded, you understand; but I did think it would be fun to spend a whole day eating green foods, as a way to gently cleanse the system.  What better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than an entire day of green?  (Okay, perhaps not 100% green–but, at least, foods that contained a majority of green. Which, I suppose, puts me in the minority).

[This is what wheatgrass juice looks like frozen.  Don'tcha wish you had some?]

Why green?  Well, as we know, greens are the healthiest foods out there. (Even Michael Pollan has a rule to that effect:  eat more plants; mostly leaves). Also, they contain chlorophyll, which is a great blood detoxifier and cleanser.  Furthermore, greens contain incredibly high proportions of minerals and Vitamin K.  And let’s not forget a whole whack of antioxidants.  So, taking a longview on health, and given their wonderful nutritional profile, I opted for a Green Day.

[This is what wheatgrass juice looks like defrosted.  Now I bet you really wish you had some!]

As usual, my day started out with a hit of wheatgrass juice (I have it whenever I can get it at our local market; I juice enough for about 2 weeks’ worth, freeze in ice cube trays, and defrost overnight in the fridge) along with my daily flax/chia mix with spirulina (or, as the HH affectionately calls it, “Green Slime.”) 

[Green Slime–with lots of affection.]

An hour or so later, I followed up with a green “pudding”/smoothie, based on this with a bit of this.  With all that energy, I could have run a Macy’s Day parade (but decided against it, since we all know nice guys finish last). 

[Avocado, cucumber and lettuce made this so green, I felt compelled to add some carob.] 

I whisked up a steaming cup of matcha green tea, which I sipped as I finished some work on the computer.

[And yet more green!]

Lunch was a quick raw wrap–romaine lettuce with homemade nut cheese, grated carrots, cucumber and the other half of the morning avocado.  Deelish!

[Fresh, crisp, and green as a four-leaf clover!]

And finally, for dinner, I opted for a lovely green soup.  I discovered this recipe entirely serendipitously, one morning as I trod the treadmill (don’t you just love that word, “trod”?).  For some reason, my soap opera hadn’t been recorded, and there I was, watching a blank screen like an American idiot, waiting, waiting. . . until I finally realized I was soapless. Well, good riddance, I say–and on to Food Network, where you can have the time of your life! 

By chance, Laura Calder’s show was on, and her theme was “foods kids will like.”  In contrast to her usual flesh-centric, cream-and-butter, weighty recipes, this soup was light, smooth, rich, and mildly flavored.  The soup was incredibly quick and easy to make, and a hand-held blender was perfect to purée the final product.  In less than 30 minutes, I had the emerald ending to my day of green.

Whether you opt for green soup, green beer or just some green-themed cheer, hope you all have a happy St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th!  :)

(I know, I am a total nerd.  I mean, who else would feel compelled to fit 20 greatest hits into one blog entry?  But for now, I guess you’re just stuck with me.)

Mum, we have to agree that yes, you are a nerd.  But at least you’re not a geek stink breath. Now perhaps you’d like to give us a Greenie in honor of the day?

Green Soup with Spinach, Lettuce, and Peas (ACD Phase I and beyond)

adapted from French Food at Home

Quick and easy, this soup is a perfect first course to a light dinner.  Or add some cheesy bread and call it a meal.

2 large leeks, cleaned and sliced (white and light green parts only) or 3 medium yellow onions, sliced

2 Tbsp (30 ml) coconut or extra virgin olive oil, preferably organic

3 cups (720 ml) vegetable broth or stock

1 small bunch (about 2 cups/480 ml) baby spinach leaves

2 cups (480 ml) cooked green peas

2 cups (about 4 large leaves) shredded romaine lettuce

1/2 to 1 cup (120-240 ml) unsweetened soy or almond milk

1 Tbsp (15 ml) fresh lemon juice

fine sea salt and pepper, to taste

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat; add the leeks and cook, stirring, until they are soft, 5-10 minutes.  Add the broth, lower heat, cover and simmer until leeks are tender, about 15 minutes.

Add the spinach, green peas and lettuce, pushing the leaves to submerge in the broth.  Continue to cook until leaves are soft and wilted, about 5 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, blend soup to desired smoothness (Calder suggests straining it, but I prefer to consume the excellent fiber in this soup!), then add the milk, lemon and seasonings to taste and stir well.  Heat just until warmed through, and serve.  Makes 4 servings.  May be frozen.

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  1. everything looks amazing! and you weren’t kidding..that’s a lotta green!

  2. I LOVE Green Day, they’ve been one of my favorite bands since I was 11 years old! Like all the references too, Ricki!

    I think this soup looks amazing, sometimes eating a whole ton of green is the most refreshing thing!

  3. hurrah for green – it makes me wish it could be st pat’s day all year long. love the soup though I am not sure I could have the slime – but I do love seeing what you eat during the day – bet you felt good after it!

    I have also given you an award-cum-meme – at http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com/2010/03/awards-happiness-quicklinks-and.html – do join in if you wish or just enjoy some warm fuzzy feelings if you don’t have time or energy to.

  4. That soup sounds so yummy! I have not had enough green the past week – shame on me. I always know because I’m more thirsty than usual.
    And that wheat grass juice? I DO wish I had that! I can’t get it here…and I wish I could.

  5. Yum that soup looks great!

  6. You’re definitely ready for St. Patrick’s Day! You’re making me want to go eat something green right now with my breakfast. Green oatmeal maybe?

  7. What a healthy day! I hope it was rejuvenating for you. That green pudding looks de-lish!

  8. Sounds like a wonderfully healthy day. I need to have a detox day soon!

  9. From one word nerd to another, I truly love the word “trod.”

    And this soup looks amazing and springy (as in spring-like, not as though it’s a trampoline).

  10. Ricki, I love the idea of a Green Day! I actually do have frozen wheatgrass juice in my freezer… :-) Wheatgrass rocks! :-) High five for wheatgrass! :-)

    Your soup thoroughly rocks as well! So refreshing and creamy all at the same time!

    I also love the word trod… :-)

  11. Hi Ricki! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and this is the first time I’ve stopped in to say hello! Terrible!

    Anyway, I recently started my own ACD programme on the advice on my naturopath. It seems to be working so far, which is great. What you said today about being full after just a little bit totally resonates with me! I’ve found that my hunger has been *greatly* reduced, and that it generally doesn’t take too much for me to fill up on these days. Do you have any theories on why this might be the case after starting a candida cleanse?

    Thanks for all your inspiration posts and yummy recipes! :)

    D

  12. Saying that my gentleman friend isn’t a fan of lettuce is a huge understatement, so I always end up with way too much lettuce for me in our CSA basket. Thanks for the idea to use it in soup! I’m pretty sure that would solve the problem, as I don’t think he would mind it in such a yummy-looking soup. Yay!

  13. Wow! is this soup gorgeous! And sooooo green! Top ‘O the Mornin’ to You!

  14. i say, blame it on the rain. ah ha ha! i also laughed at your fungi joke, Ricki – tee hee! your green soup with spinach, peas ‘n lettuce looks wonderful – i loooooove all things green (we have lentil-collard burgers for dinner with a side of roasted broccoli) so i’m really loving your soup! the pudding sounds great, too – especially with the carob. i have some powdered raw carob around here somewhere – i really need to find it. i’m guessing it’s tucked away in the freezer, but anyways…… sometimes a little detox is nice, and now i’m thinking the next time i’m at my local natural foods store i should grab a shot of wheat grass from the juice bar. thanks, Ricki!

  15. I would have **never** thought of putting lettuce in soup–what an interesting idea!

  16. What a cheerful hue! I just love naturally green food like that, they look so vibrant and full of flavor and nutrients.

  17. Although we don’t celebrate St. patrick’s day over here, I’ve been craving all kinds of green foods lately. Must be my body preparing for spring. Thank you for this awesome soup recipe!

  18. “It’s not easy being green.” But you’ve managed quite nicely. :)

  19. Time flies by when you’re not having fungus! LOL! You’re hilarious! :D

    Boy, that is a whole lotta green! I feel healthier just by looking at all that stuff. What a gorgeous bowl of soup!

  20. Green sludge! I love it. Your soup sounds fantastic, too!

  21. That is a seriously green soup! But that wrap with nut cheese … calling my name mmmm!

  22. Kelly Michelle says:

    wow lots of green. I just requested that my library system purchase a copy of your cookbook. Broke college students can’t afford more books than we already have to purchase, lol. I’m really hoping they get it since I’ve been wanting to look at it since it was published!

  23. that was impressive, fitting all those references in there ;) almost seamlessly, too! haha, great looking day of green, me thinks i need one… and soon!

  24. I love all of the green! Both festive and delicious, too, no doubt.

  25. Absolutely delicious and nothing healthier out there than
    matcha green tea powder.

  26. Voracious Vegan,
    Oddly, I am not really a big fan of Green Day. But they served their purpose here! ;)

    Johanna,
    The slime takes some getting used to ;) Thanks so much for the award–I am going to try to go for it!

    Leah,
    Love the word-play! :)

    Darryn,
    Thanks so much for your comment, and for reading! And congrats on the ACD. :) Re: feeling full faster, there’s the old theory that your stomach “shrinks” with time. I think it’s more that your metabolism simply gets used to less food, and your body is telling you that it’s had enough. You need less really nourishing food to feel full than junk food (which basically has no nutrients, so your body keeps asking for more). It could also be attributed to loosening the hold of sugar–sugar is highly addictive, and candida compels you to eat more and more to feel the yeast. . .so when you forgo sugar for a time, the yeast dies down and you don’t feel like eating that much. Just a theory! :)

    jessy,
    The carob really did make a huge difference. And wheatgrass, as Astra said, rocks! :)

    Kelly Michelle,
    I’m really sorry about the price–I have been trying to get the publisher to lower it since they first assigned it! Maybe this year. . . anyway, the book is also available for $14.95 as a pdf (identical to the paper book), if you look here. There are also a couple of giveaways in the works, so stay tuned! :)

    Olivia,
    Yes, I am now totally hooked on matcha!

  27. When I saw that frozen cube of wheatgrass, I did want to have it! I think I’ve only tried wheatgrass once. I love seeing all the green food you ate! Looks like a delicious day. Except maybe the green slime haha.

  28. Hello Ricki! Yeah, I love your blog. Especially because the naturopath has given me the elimination diet to mess with (allergies…I despise youuu). I also would love to share this recipe on my blog? Is it okay to use your beautiful photo, so long as I link handsomely? :)

    Either way, I’m very happy to mention the recipe. You have such fantastic taste with the handful of recipes I have used. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much! And I’m glad you like the recipes. Please do feel free to link the recipe. Generally, photos aren’t shared in the same way–I do sell some of my work to publications but for copyright purposes I prefer that other bloggers use their own pics as a rule. Thank you for asking! :)

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