Thursday, February 20, 2014

Roasted Asparagus Summer Soup

Roasted Asparagus Summer Soup

Came across a mega sale on asparagus at the grocery store the other day. 99 cents for a pound! Winning! I couldn't let this awesome deal pass me buy so I went ahead and purchased about 10. I stored some in the freezer but of course soon found that defrosted, the asparagus consistency wasn't quite as crisp like you would find when fresh; shocker. So I got creative and decided to come up with a dish to enjoy my veggies. Stored in the fridge this summer soup lasted me about a week. When I wasn't in the mood to cook up fresh veggies, I just warmed up a bit of this.. perfection and a great way to get in my greens.  If you have kids that are not big fans of greens, this is a perfect way to make sure they get in all that goodness… J


 2 lbs of asparagus
·         1 head of cilantro
·         1 avocado
·         1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk
·         1 tblsp coconut oil
·         1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
·         1 tblsp crushed garlic
·         Black pepper
·         Pink salt
·         Italian blend seasoning
·         Mustard seed


In a saucepan on medium heat put 1 tblsp of coconut oil to melt, add in the crushed garlic and sauté. Chop off the ends of the Asparagus stalks and divide into 2 or 3. Place in the saucepan and cook until golden brown and well done. Add in the salt, pepper and spices (note that you can use whatever spices you like) and mix for a few minutes.

Place the cooked asparagus in a food processor or blender. Add in the avocado, cilantro, almond milk and nutritional yeast. Blend thoroughly until you have the consistency of a puree. If you want it creamier you can add more almond milk, or for a more soupy texture add about 2 cups of water to the blender. Remove from blender and place back into sauce pan to cook a little bit longer. You soup is ready to be served. Top with some cilantro, a pinch of nutritional yeast and serve. You can eat it warm or refrigerate and serve cold as a summer soup! Enjoy!

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