Breathe In. Breathe Out. Have Some Soup
OMG – what a week. My blood pressure was just returning to normal after that debate. Then Friday rolled around, and the President, suffering from covid, was rushed in a helicopter to the hospital. If this were a movie, you’d say it was all just too unlikely and absurd. Well, it may have been absurd, but there it was. It was around six o’clock, and my daughter Joanna and I were both exhausted. She looked at me and said, “We need some soup.”
A half hour later, I was sitting with my mug of delicious warmth and feeling calmer. Soup is a miracle. As is Joanna. This recipe is based on one from healthiersteps.com.
Jamaican Spinach Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (see note)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 scallions (green onions), chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried allspice
- 2 cups (or more) fresh or thawed frozen spinach, chopped (see note)
- 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk
- 4 cups vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes or 1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced (see note)
- Heat the oil in a large pot on medium heat.
- Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, scallions, celery, thyme, allspice; and cook until fragrant.
- Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Add the coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer for about 25-30 minutes.
- If you want the soup to be extra smooth and creamy, which is how I like it, put it through a blender (do this in batches, and leave the top slightly ajar if the soup is still hot).
Keep calm, carry on, and enjoy some soup.
- Joanna used chopped kale instead of spinach because that’s what we had on hand.
- She omitted the potato, in part because the soup would cook more quickly that way.
- She used coconut oil because that’s what the original recipe calls for and because it does taste delicious in this recipe – but extra virgin olive oil really is much heart healthier (1), as my friend and pharmacology advisor Jay M has pointed out to me.
(1) Abbasi J. Coconut Oil’s Health Halo a Mirage, Clinical Trials Suggest. JAMA. 2020;323(16):1540–1541. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5186