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Sweet Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup

January 2, 2014

When it’s cold outside, eating a salad just doesn’t always hit the spot!  Here is a hearty, made-from-scratch soup to help warm the soul. Making soup from scratch can be a little more time consuming than opening a can.  Although, the health benefits far outweigh the extra 15 minutes, and this can be a fun activity for the kiddos to participate in.

I have found, making a home cooked meal once a week brings you closer to being healthier and closer to your “just one small step” goals. Here is one of my favorite, healthy, homemade soups.

 

Sweet Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups of organic chicken broth or water (the chicken broth adds more flavor)
8 oz of chicken or turkey sausage, sliced (there are some amazing flavors you can find at your favorite health food store)
1 medium red onion (about 1 cup), chopped and peeled
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
6oz bag of baby spinach or kale (chopped)
1 15oz can of Great Northern or cannellini beans
2 tea spoons of dried or fresh oregano
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1 clove of minced garlic

 

If there is something in the fridge that you think might be good in the soup; throw it in!  Sometimes we will throw in a red bell pepper or zucchini into the mix.

Directions: Start with a medium-sized soup pot over medium heat.  Add garlic, sausage slices and olive oil, cook until lightly browned. Add onion and celery, cook until soft (about 5 minutes).  Add broth or water, sweet potatoes, beans, oregano, salt and peppers. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer. Covered for about 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach or kale and cook until wilted, about 2 to 5 minutes.  Enjoy!!

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