Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our Garden Supervisor and Delicious Spinach Recipe

This is Hollie, our Siamese Supervisor. She has a clipboard, name badge and hardhat, of course, but is too vain to be seen with them, particularly when a camera is involved.

Robin invented another good recipe tonight, one that features our currently over-abundant spinach. Here it is

Chicken Bean Soup with Spinach
  • 1 1/4 c of mixed beans/peas (we use Costco's deluxe dry mix)
  • 5 c water
  • 1 Tbsp of organic, low sodium, chicken bullion
Mix these together in a Dutch oven, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for one hour.
  • large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • about 1/2 c celery, chopped
  • 1/4 small onion, chopped, sauteed lightly in olive oil
Add these ingredients to the soup pot, continue to simmer for one more hour
  • two medium organic carrots, sliced thin
  • one small red pepper, chopped in small pieces
  • 6 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) cut into small bite-sized pieces and sauteed in olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Add these ingredients to the soup pot, continue to simmer for 1/2 hour more
  • a large bowl of spinach leaves, fresh from the garden, washed and de-stemmed
Add raw spinach to simmering pot of soup and stir for about 3 minutes, until it's limp and well mixed with the other ingredients. Serve immediately, topped by a dollop of sour cream. Serves 4 as main course with possible left-overs. We like to taste all the individual vegetables and chicken, so we don't use herbs or seasoning in this soup, but it might benefit from a little fresh ground pepper for some tastes.

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