Oct 022012
 

Kale, Carrot, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

I am convinced that most of what is thrown at us in life is to teach us something – to teach us an appreciation for what is to come. Why does this happen? Because if it came easily then we wouldn’t really appreciate it when we got to our destination. Every experience, the struggles, the unknown, and the anticipation, are part of the joy of reaching our goals.  Instead of feeling despair and desperation, we need to celebrate where we are and make peace with it but at the same time keep sharp focus on our aspirations.

There will be bumps in the road that will try and derail us, but we need to hold fast to those things that we seek, put the “bumps” behind us and leave them there. Don’t dwell on the bumps.  In fact, we NEED those bumps because otherwise we are like the child that is given everything he could ever want and more.  When he does get that thing he wants, it took no work and in fact, it doesn’t even make him happy. He just asks, well where is the next thing?

How am I supposed to make peace with where I am now?
By stopping to smell the flowers.  Enjoy and have grattiute for the little things in your life now. Maybe you have your health, there is a roof over your head, you can see a beautiful sunset, your home has running water or you step into a pair of fuzzy slippers each morning. Whatever it is, stop. Think. Be thankful.

The moral of this story is; the path to true happiness is to make peace with where you are now but to not lose site of your purpose; continue driving along but stop every now to enjoy some fuzzy slippers. And when you hit that bump in the road, let it go, and make calming soup. I promise you will feel better.

Carrot, Kale, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

Calming Kale, Carrot, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

Serves 4, about 1 ½ to 2 cups each.
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Items on sale now at Native Sun Sept 7-Oct 6th

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
½ small onion
2 large carrots**
1 sweet potato
2 cloves garlic
4 cups (1 carton) vegetable broth, for salt free use homemade
1/4 tsp Cajun Seasoning
2 cups cooked red kidney beans (or 1 14.5oz can, rinsed and drained)**
3 curly kale leaves
Optional 1 cup cooked white beans

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium high heat; chop onion, carrot and sweet potato; remove kale leaves from stem and chop stems; mince garlic finely.  Add vegetables to heated oil and sauté until softened.  Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning; add vegetable broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft but not mushy, about ten minutes.  Chop kale and stir in chopped kale leaves and beans.  Simmer about two to three minutes or until kale is softened.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 197.3
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 1,393.1 mg (to cut back on this use home made salt free broth)
Potassium 620.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32.9 g
Dietary Fiber 10.3 g
Sugars 4.1 g
Protein 8.4 g

Vitamin A 384.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.7 %
Vitamin C 78.3 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 7.2 %
Calcium 11.1 %
Copper 18.3 %
Folate 19.3 %
Iron 15.9 %
Magnesium 13.5 %
Manganese 39.9 %
Niacin 6.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.8 %
Phosphorus 14.9 %
Riboflavin 12.0 %
Selenium 3.7 %
Thiamin 13.2 %
Zinc 6.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  7 Responses to “Calming Kale, Carrot, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup”

  1. I definitely need to just sit down with a bowl of this soup to get some inner peace into my life!

  2. I definitely need a bowl of this soup too, it looks perfect for our chilly east coast weather.

  3. Absolutely delicious

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