“Detox” Soup

On Friday I got home from a fantastic trip to New Jersey and NYC. It was a little bit of a challenge to stay on my diet, but it was definitely worth it. I didn’t get sick at all and got home feeling remarkably well. Oftentimes after traveling I would spend a week recuperating or would arrive home feeling overwhelmed by all the junk food I consumed during the trip.

All of that to say, I didn’t really feel like I needed to detox or anything, but I saw an interesting recipe for detox soup on Pinterest and thought it might be fun to try. As usual, I did quite a bit of modifying to the original recipe.

Much of the detoxifying properties supposedly come from the large amounts of spices and herbs added to the soup. So I started with sautéing some ground beef and about four cloves of garlic. I added some water and a bouillon cube. After letting it simmer for a bit, I threw in the carrots and sweet potatoes. And lastly, broccoli. Throughout this process I was generous with the garlic powder, chili powder, ginger, onion powder, curry powder, basil, italian seasoning…and cinnamon. I feel quite confident saying that this soup tastes unlike anything you’ve ever eaten.

I made about 2 1/2 quarts of soup, so I put it in mason jars to have throughout the week. When I warm a serving of it,, I cook a few rice noodles and add a handful of kale leaves about 5 minutes before I’m ready to eat. In hindsight, it might have been good to do this with the broccoli too because it is pretty overcooked at this point. I like having a base soup that I can just grab, but also having the option of adding other ingredients just before eating. This keeps the noodles from getting soggy or the kale from being overcooked.

I am also really happy with the flavor of it. I tend to think of veggie soups as being on the bland side, but this has a little kick to it which I really like. I don’t know how detoxifying it all is, but at the very least, it is a healthy and easy meal option for busy days!

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