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swiss chard soup

Enough with the chocolate, dip, and other heavy foods we stuff ourselves with in December.  Start the new year out right with a simple vegan soup that is so easy and so yummy.  My mother made this for Chris and I when we went to visit in November and at first I thought, “hmmm…soup made from greens?”  I took one bite and added it to my list of favorite soups.  The recipe calls for swiss chard.  If you can’t find it, spinach, turnip greens, or whatever greens you can get your hands on will work just fine.
swiss chard soup

1 large onion
4 tsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
4 celery stalks
1 tsp cumin
4-6 cups swiss chard (or other greens)
4 cups veg broth
1 tsp dry oregano leaves
2 cups diced tomatoes, divided
salt & pepper to taste
sour cream or tofutti optional

Heat oil in deep pot on medium heat.  Add cumin, chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped garlic and sautee for 5 minutes.  Remove stems from swiss chard and wash. Add swiss chard to pot and stir well.  Lower heat and cover until chard is wilted.  Add broth and oregano and bring to a low boil.  Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Take one cup at a time and blend in a food processor/blender.  Return mixture to pot, add 1 3/4 cups of diced tomato and reheat.  Add salt and pepper.  Garnish with tofutti and the remaining tomatoes.  

Happy New Year!