Today I got myself a Crinkle Cutter! I know, I know that might not sound very exiting for you, but I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets, especially when they are on sale. And it just so happened that my local grocery store had them on closeout sale… what can I say
So now being the proud owner of a brand new crinkle cutter, I realize there are many, many things that could be ‘crinkled’ with this, but to start I decided to try it on something relatively soft, hoping to get an easy start, and picked zucchini. And since tonight they are calling for the first frost of the season a yummy vegetable soup seemed like the perfect fit.
As we are heading into the colder months with people worried about getting sick, many stay cooped up inside more than is good for them and a good many eat less vegetables than in the summer exposing them to higher risk of in fact getting sick, while also being exposed to more recycled air in a heated environment. Soooooo, I wanted to make something to give your system an antioxidant boost and what tastier and better way than greens could there be?
So for this mean-lean-green bad boy we are going to use kale, spinach, celery and zucchini (ok, ok, I know, not a ‘green’ but c’mon, you can see the color, right? 😉 )
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 red onion, finely diced
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 small zucchini (crinkle cut, or sliced into 1/4″ rounds)
- 1 can or 1 qt size bag frozen tomatoes *(if using canned, pick one that is either no salt added or a low sodium version)
- 1 can canellini beans, drained and rinsed or 1 portion frozen **(snack bag size)
- 1 good quality vegetable buillon cube, for making 2 cups(I use Rapunzel no salt added)
- 1/2 to 1 tsp salt
- 2 good hand fulls lacinato kale, center stalk removed, washed and trimmed
- 3 to 4 oz baby spinach
- small amount of whatever other veggie you have on hand that could stand to get used up (I had a little broccoli left)
- Parmesan for grating on top (optional, note that using Parmesan would make the recipe no longer vegan or dairy free)
- Heat oil in a soup pan, add the onion and cook over low until glazed and starting to turn soft
- Add celery, stir and cook until you can smell the celery, then add the tomatoes
- Fill the pot with water until the vegetables are covered by about 2″ of water, add salt and bouillon cube and if using tomato paste and parmesan chunk.
- Bring to a boil
- Add kale, zucchini and beans, cook until kale is soft.
- Divide spinach into serving bowls, using about 1 cup per dish, ladle the hot soup over and serve, if desired, with fresh grated Parmesan.
Makes about 6 bowls ( Serves six as a first course)
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