This morning I woke-up to a chill in the air. The bone chill jumped started my winter weekend with an outrageously comforting healthy winter soup. With heaps of seasonal vegetables, and rich sources of antioxidant spices like turmeric, cumin, ginger and cinnamon, provided incredible flavor and reduced the need to add additional fat or salt.
Who says soup toppings have to be boring when you can enjoy fiber rich chick peas tossed in warm spices and slow roasted. Save the extra! They are perfect for enjoying as a healthy snack.
This soup is easily doubled and tripled. Can serve a crowd or batch frozen to enjoy another day.
Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Chickpea Croutons
Recipe from Clean Eating
1-15 oz. can cooked chick peas, drained and rinsed, patted dry
1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
Pinch sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground ginger
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1-1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
3/4 teaspoon each ground ginger and cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch ground black pepper
1-18 oz. unsalted diced tomatoes (with juices)
1 teaspoon sea salt + additional to taste
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 lb.)
6 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, or as needed
2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
1/4 cup each chopped fresh cilantro and flat leaf parsley
3 cups lightly packed fresh spinach leaves
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1. Prepare chick peas: Preheat oven to 400 F. Place chickpeas on a parchment-lined baking sheet; remove any loose skins. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons oil and a pinch of salt; toss. Return to oven; roast for 15 to 20 minutes more, until golden brown.
2. Turn oven off. Toss chickpeas with 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and pinch ginger. Return to oven with door closed and heat off for 1 hour, or until crunchy. Set aside to cool.
3. Meanwhile, prepare soup: In a medium stockpot on medium, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add celery, carrots and onion. Cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Add turmeric, 3/4 teaspoon each ginger and cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and black pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
4. Add potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 20 to 25 minutes, until potato is tender.
5. Add chicken, cilantro and parsley and heat through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add additional broth to thin out as desired; season with additional salt as needed. Stir in spinach. Top servings with chickpeas and serve with lemon wedges.