Friday, March 7, 2014
A popular meal at my house is soup. It’s easy to make in large quantities and ensures there are always leftovers to freeze for future lunches. This makes my life a lot easier during my busy work week. Needless to say, I make a lot of soup.
I have been looking recently to expand my soup making horizons to find a recipe that packs a bigger fiber punch by incorporating beans. I found one using lima beans and leeks that I adapted to appeal to my family’s love of potato leek soup.
The use of an emersion blender (a hand-held blender you submerge to blend directly in a pan) is the key to this recipe. It smoothly blends ingredients in to a rich, creamy base that is very potato-like. That was the selling point for my kids. The soup didn’t look like it had beans in it.
I will admit my kids don’t love this recipe nearly as much as my usual potato-based soup, but they said it tastes OK and they eat it. That’s a big success in my book. The fiber content of this lima bean leek soup is significantly higher and, it has a lower carbohydrate count than its potato counterpart.
Here’s the recipe in case you want to see if it will appeal to your family’s taste buds.
LIMA BEAN AND LEEK SOUP
4-5 bacon slices (cubed ham also offers a nice flavor if you don’t have bacon)
2 large leeks, chopped
4 cups fresh baby lima beans (parboiled or soaked overnight)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon until crisp and remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside.
Add leeks to drippings in pan and cook until tender.
Stir in beans, broth, and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until beans are tender.
Use an emersion blender and blend mixture in pan until smooth. Or, pour half the mixture at a time in a blender to blend.
Ladle in to bowls (or single serving freezer containers) and add a small handful of bacon crumbles to each.
Wendy Almeida has been writing about enjoying the outdoors with kids in her monthly Kid Tracks Outdoors column for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 10 years. Her kids have grown up exploring the trails of Maine on foot, skis and bikes as well as through the geocache and EarthCache games. The family has found treasures of all sorts while out on the trail and the journey continues to be as much fun now that the kids are teenagers as it was when they were preschoolers.
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