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Potato Kale Soup

kaleOne of our family recipes during the cooler winter months is Potato Kale soup. This tasty soup provides a great way to enjoy (yes, enjoy) the nutritionally packed leafy endurance superfood, Kale.

What is Kale?

Kale is a leafy dark green vegetable that belongs  in the same family as cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts which are known to have powerful health benefits but not all that tasty for most of us.

Raw Kale leaves are tougher, dense leaf stalk, and have a stronger taste then a romaine lettuce leaf.

When purchased in the grocery store individual Kale leaves are bundled together in a bunch.

Nutritionally Packed

Kale is loaded with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and even protein.

A few of the significant nutritional highlights include:

  • vitamin C – immune support
  • vitamin A – lung health
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin E – mental function
  • calcium
  • manganese – energy production
  • 2.5 grams protein per one cup (chopped)
  • Strongly Anti-inflammatory

Check out the full array of currently known nutritional components at Nutrition Data (1 cup chopped).

Here are a couple articles noting the superfood benefits of Kale:

Buy Organic

Unfortunately Kale is one of the 12 worst fruits and vegetables with respect to pesticide exposure. For overall health, grow it yourself or buy organic. For a periodic buy, spend the extra buck.

Potato Kale Soup Recipe

We have talked enough about the benefits of Kale, here is the recipe my entire family enjoys. It is a very smooth and warming soup that we enjoy with cornbread during the winter months.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 entire bunch of Kale, wash and cut into smaller portions
  • 1 teaspoons dried basil
  • shredded Gruyere or mozzarella cheese

The How-to:

  • Melt butter in large pot (we use a large spaghetti pot) over medium heat until melted.
  • Add garlic, cook 30 secs stirring.
  • Stir in broth and cubed potatoes, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Once potatoes have softened, add Kale and basil. Cover and simmer for 10 mins or so.
  • Remove from heat.
  • With soup ladle, place 2-4 scoops into blender. Mix until smooth.
  • Pour blended soup into a separate large bowl/pot.
  • Repeat with rest of  soup until completed blended.
  • Stir pot of newly blended soup and serve in individual bowls.
  • Place a desired amount of shredded cheese on top for garnish.
  • optional: Add one tablespoon of olive oil in the individual bowls as well for a healthy fat.
  • Enjoy.

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David – EnduranceBuzz.com

(Kale Photo: Courtesy of JWilsher)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Potato Kale Soup”

  1. on 06 Dec 2012 at 10:47 am Jen

    I added celery and onions to this and I sautee them with the garlic in olive oil. (added fat) GREAT RECIPE~ THANKS! 🙂

  2. on 12 Dec 2012 at 10:31 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Jen – Thanks for sharing. My tribe would likely dig the celery but I would be the only one enjoying the onion. 🙂 peace