If you’re a frequent reader of our blog – you know we LOVE herbs. They are flavorful and delicious, colorful and full of nutrition, we just LOVE our herbs! But just like you, we don’t often think of them as playing a starring role on our plate. Yes, there’s Basil Pesto and Cilantro Sauce among other luscious sauces and dips, but those herbs compliment other foods. Well, hang on to your hat! Our opinion,and yours can change when you make this easy and super delicious Parsley Soup. This yummy entrée or starter is full of veggies, super colorful and packed with flavor from the good-for-us parsley.

Studies actually show that parsley has myristicin, an organic compound that not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps fight against oxidized molecules. It is also full of various antioxidants and Vitamin A and C to build your immune system.

So take some of that parsley from your garden and create this luscious and easy soup!

Parsley Soup

3 Shallots, Chopped

1 Tsp Coriander Seeds

½ Tsp Red Chili Flakes

2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled and Coarsely Chopped

2” Ginger, Peeled and Coarsely Chopped

3 Bunches Parsley, Washed Well and Chopped Coarsely

6 Cups Veggie Stock

1 Cup Almond Milk

3 Cans Cannellini Beans, Rinsed and Drained

1 Cup Quinoa

1 Tsp Sea Salt

½ Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

*Fresh Salsa

Step One Saute the shallots with the coriander and chile flakes until soft. Add the garlic and ginger and cook and stir until aromatic – about one minute. Add in the veggie stock and almond milk and bring to a boil.

Step Two Lower the heat to a simmer and add the cannellini beans and the quinoa. Cook until the quinoa is done – about 20 minutes. Add in the salt and pepper and use the immersion blender to puree. Top with the fresh salsa and serve. (You can also chill this soup before topping with salsa and serve it cold.)

*Fresh Salsa

2 Carrots, Peeled and Chopped

2 Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped

1 Large Avocado, Chopped

2 TB Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

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