Sunday, October 7, 2012
Chilly days are meant for soup!
We were supposed to hike today. The plan was to hike/run about 6 miles. We woke to overcast skies. Well, more like socked in mountains. Viewing the mountain tops was impossible. Since our hike was up there in elevation and we had already been warned that wet ground would make it dangerous we opted for plan b. Plan b involved rehanging the nets that hold the yoga balls in the gym and shopping for food. Plan b was much less glamorous. To cheer us and warm the house I opted to make soup. Wonderful chill chasing soup!
Sunday Chill Chasing Soup
2 leeks, washed and sliced
1 bunch kale, washed and chopped
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp sea salt
Put the leeks, salt, and 3 quarts of water to boil in a stock pot. When leeks are limp and have transferred their flavor to the water (about 25 minutes) add sweet potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the kale and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the kale and sweet potatoes are soft. Add the beans and heat through for another 5-10 minutes.
Leeks are grown in sandy soil. They often have traces of mud inside their many layers. To clean them easily cut the roots off and slice them open long wise. Rinse thoroughly. Allow them to drain before chopping.