creamy spinach artichoke soup

creamy spinach artichoke soup07I’m a soon-to-be Registered Dietitian. The desire to scarf down spinach salad at least once a day should be in my genes, right? You’d think so the way I grab at least a bag or two every trip to the grocery store. Well, hold onto your seats my friends because this may rock your world.

I don’t really like spinach salads.

There, I said it.

Maybe it’s the tougher texture of the leaves or the very earthy flavor of it but raw spinach and I aren’t friends. I’ll eat it, but I’d take a huge bowl of Baby Spring Mix over a small bowl of spinach any day. Cook that spinach, even just a tiny bit though, and I can find almost any way to incorporate it into a meal or snack that I could devour in a matter of minutes. For example, my quinoa gratingoatichoke dip or this creamy spinach artichoke soup.

Loving cooked spinach isn’t a bad thing though. Cooking it a little bit actually helps release some of the iron and calcium in those leafy greens which means we’re able to absorb more than if eaten raw. WIN.

I had very good intentions when I bought two massive bags of spinach last week but they sat in the fridge untouched for a good 6-7 days. You know the look of spinach that’s going bad. It starts turning yellowish and condensation builds on the inside of the bag… I knew I had to do something quick before all was lost so I did a little searching online for spinach soup recipes and found a basic, tasty recipe from The New York Times

I love spinach and artichokes together (but really, who doesn’t) so I tossed a can in for good measure. 10 minutes of simmering on the stove with a little broth, onion, salt, pepper and spice and it was almost done.

My immersion blender is getting up there in age so I didn’t bother with it this time around. Instead I carefully pureed small batches in the blender, which obviously still managed to explode all over me. After a quick wipe down to get the spinach off of my forehead, I had a delicious spinach artichoke soup. Get this. Not one leaf of wilting spinach went to waste.

I can’t think of any better way to eat a pound of spinach and artichokes in 4 days.

P.S. The nutrition facts. I was shocked at how healthy this was despite the 1+ 1/4 cups of creamer. The serving size is 1/4 of the recipe or about 1+ cups. Enjoy!

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