I've been trying really hard to take advantage of new ways in which to use seasonal ingredients. My latest trial? AN oh-so-creamy asparagus soup, given asparagus is presently "in season". And, being a green vegetable, it is so incredibly good for you!
What I love about this recipe I came across, is that it is equally delicious both served hot and served chilled; garnished with some fresh, fragrant dill! Chilled soups are a great option for continuing to enjoy soups come these increasingly hotter days!
I credit the source of this recipe as coming from the American blog "Avocado Pesto", a blog encompassing flavourful vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.
You may view the recipe as it appears on the blog, here.
Ingredients (yields 4 servings):
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup diced onion (1/2 large yellow onion)
3/4 cup diced carrot (2 small carrots)
1/2 cup diced celery (2 stalks)
1 zucchini, peeled, halved and sliced
1 bunch asparagus (tough ends cut off and discarded) and cut into 2 inch segments
4 cups vegetable broth
3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/4 cup coconut cream
*To garnish: 1 lemon (zested) and a handful of fresh dill, chopped
Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent.
Add carrots, cook 1-2 minutes. Add celery, cook 1-2 minutes.
Add zucchini and asparagus, cooking 1-2 minutes, mixing everything around.
Add vegetable broth, salt/pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Add nutritional yeast and coconut cream. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Puree in blender or with immersion blender.
Serve garnished with lemon zest and chopped dill.
A few things about ASPARAGUS!
Available in white, green and purple varieties (white varieties are grown away from sunlight, therefore lack green pigment, or chlorophyll)
Rich in many vitamins, including vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and Vitamin K
Mineral-dense with calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc
rich source of dietary fiber (assists in smooth functioning of the bowels), yet fortunately low in calories and sodium and contains no cholesterol
Contributes to digestive health by serving as a prebiotic (a food source for the good (probiotic) bacteria that exist within the gut
Proven to be beneficial in assisting the treatment of various conditions, including PMS, fertility, cataracts, rheumatism and urinary tract infections[i]
[i] Organic Facts – Unbiased Info on Nutrition, Benefits of Food & Home Remedies: Health Benefits of Asparagus. Retrieved May 29, 2016 from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-asparagus.html