Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Eat to Live Cookbook Project: "Cheesy" Kale Soup

Good morning! I'm so curious . . . has anyone out there made this soup? What did you think of it?

"Cheesy" Kale Soup
from The Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, p. 149

Did I like it? yes, but . . . the name of the soup is very deceiving. Maybe it should be called "Tomato Mushroom Kale Soup"? There's really not much cheesiness to it.

Was it easy to make with readily available ingredients? This is another Nutritarian soup with carrot juice, so as long as you have a juicer or access to good carrot juice at a grocery store, you are safe.

Edited to add: I also want to mention that I significantly decreased the amount of nut butter used in the recipe, as I have been doing now with all of the recipes from the Eat to Live Cookbook.

What specifically did I like about the recipe? The soup has an appealing and interesting flavor. It's sophisticated and on the sweet side, which I enjoy.

What specifically didn't I like about the recipe? The texture was off. This soup doesn't know whether it wants to be a thin soup or a thick soup. It's very confused.

The recipe gave instructions for pressure cooking and stove top cooking, which was great, because I want to use my IntantPot electric pressure cooker whenever I have the opportunity. But, the recipe failed to remind the reader that when making beans, especially split peas, in a pressure cooker, you must use the natural release method and not the quick pressure release. I totally spaced on that fine point of pressure cooking and made a mess all over my counter top, floor and worst of all, beloved Instant Pot! But the rest of the recipe was smooth sailing and I was able to even cook a double batch of this soup in my Instant Pot.

Did my husband like it? yes

Did my teenage daughter like it? I can't remember if she tried it.

Did my eight or five year old try it? no

Would I make it again? Probably not. Not because it didn't taste good, but because the only things I make more than once are the outstanding recipes.

Is there anything I would do to improve on it if I made it again? I would double the amount of yellow split peas in order to give the soup more body, plus I would double or even triple the amount of mushrooms in it.

Overall Grade (completely unscientific, I admit): B-
Edited to note: I ate this soup for lunch again today. I wasn't impressed. I'm changing my grade to a D.

Have you made Dr. Fuhrman's "Cheesy" Kale Soup? What were your impressions? Leave a comment below.

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