Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Light Spinach & Potato Soup

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!! Although I'm not Irish, I'm celebrating a little bit tonight through our dinner. But before I get to that, I wanted to give myself a little pat on the back (which I think is good to do every once in a while, what do you think??). Yesterday, I was able to squeeze in a run before heading out to Josh's work dinner. I hit the pavement and did 6 miles. I have been working a bit on my speed on the treadmill and was super excited to see I did my 6 miles in an under 8 minute mile average:

Yahoo! Josh's work dinner was great. I had a garden salad and a vegetable pasta dish. This morning, I taught Body Pump, worked and cleaned up the house a bit. For dinner tonight, I made a light Spinach and Potato Soup based on this recipe.

I made a few adjustments and the result is VERY yummy! Check it out:
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups (85 g) spinach
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 1 ½ large potatoes, diced with skin (for me this was ~17.5 ounces)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon TJs 21 Salute Seasoning (or whatever seasoning blend you have on hand)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper (use less or eliminate if you don't like a little kick)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded 2% milk Cheddar on top of each bowl

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes and onion with vegetable broth over medium-high heat until tender.
  2. Add garlic and spinach and continue to cook until spinach is tender.
  3. Add milk and seasonings
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Puree in blender (I used an emulsion blender)
  6. Serve topped with cheddar
Any weekend plans yet?

54 comments:

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

ooh that soup looks perfect for St. Patrick's day. It looks so much tastier than corned beef and cabbage (ew!)

My weekend plans include a blogger meet-up, a 4 mile run and some rest and relaxation.

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That soup looks delicious, girl! YUM! :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That soup looks delicious, girl! YUM! :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That soup looks delicious, girl! YUM! :)

Molly said...

Soup looks yummy, and it would be easy to make vegan!

No weekend plans yet - big chem test tomorrow, so as soon as I climb that mountain I can look more than 12 hours ahead haha :)

kelley said...

6 miles in 47 minutes is quite the accomplishment!!! Way to go!!!! :)

M said...

sounds like the perfect thing to have on St. Patty's Day!!

Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES said...

love the st patty's day soup :) sounds delicious and so so simple!

Julie said...

erica!!!!!!!!!!! hiiii :)

you should give yourself like twelve pats on the back! 6 miles averaging under 8 mins a mile is amazing! congrats girly!

greeen fooood! i haven't had any green food today! i should have read your bloggie first and made the green soup haha

Janetha said...

great run, speedster! you rock! dinner looks great :) xo

Lauren said...

Wow, great run sweetheart! I bet it felt great too!

I have been craving a soup just like this. I was thinking either broccoli or spinach but yours sounds absolutely perfect! I love how you always read my mind.

Hope today was amazing for you.

Trying To Heal said...

what a delicious soup! so green and veggie filled!

Mom on the Run said...

Spinach and Baked Potato Soup. YUM! With a few modifications I could totally make this dairy free. This is going to be my soup for next week! Thanks Erica :)

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

Mmm Love that spinach and potato soup!! And how great are you for running so fast?? That's impressive time my friend!
I think I'm going to just spend some quality time with my best friend this weekend. I can't believe it's already Wednesday!

homecookedem said...

What a perfect soup for St. Paddy's Day!! Looks yummy!! :)

Jenna said...

Delicious and refreshing looking soup, lady! I'll have to add this one to the bookmark. :)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

You def deserve a pat on the back girlfriend! Dinner soup looks deelish :)

FitBloggin this weekend! Wish you were coming!

Heatha said...

Wow, you are FAST! I was just bragging about my 5 miler done at a 8:39 average! Haha.

Might have to try that soup - looks delicious!

Shannon said...

fabulous run speedy ;) and that soup looks awesome, hope you two have fun celebrating!!

i've got a multisport workshop saturday, and hopefully more nice weather for a run on sunday... *fingers crossed*

K from ksgoodeats said...

No Irish blood in this blogger either! I can honestly say you run twice as fast as I do ;)

That soup looks a-maze!! I'll have to try that one out soon. Glad Josh's work dinner went well - hope you got to see Lost, haha! I caught up this afternoon and I loved it! Have a good Thursday!

Britt said...

awesome soup!

weekend plans include visiting my dad!

*Naomi* said...

HI GIRL!! wow you are speedy!! thats amazing time for 6 miles! I couldn't keep up with you!

soup looks so so so good!! I love your recipes they are so simple but delicious

green food...I had a big salad with my wrap at lunch, does that count?!?!? haha

xoxo

motherrimmy said...

I love how healthy spinach is, so I can't wait to try this soup. Green too, so perfect for Saint Patrick's Day!

motherrimmy said...

I'm sorry, I forgot to thank you for linking to my recipe. :)

inmytummy said...

Wow, you are a speedster! That soup looks good.

I'm running a half marathon this weekend.

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Wow, this soup looks delicious! The perfect thing to dunk a big chunk of french bread into. :)

Christina said...

the soup looks yummy! congrats on your awesome time!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

Soup looks awesome, the perfect green for st patrick!!

insideiamdancing said...

Definitely good to pat yourself on the back! Congrats on your run :D Soup looks so good... I need to bust out my hand blender and make some for the coming week :)

Plans for the weekend: personal training session... I am starting strength training and can't wait!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Such festive looking soup! I love it :). I should really get into making soups more frequently. Such a good way to get veggies in aside from a regular old salad!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

The soup sounds so simple and looks delish. Pretty green soup for any day :)

Erica you rock! Under 8 minute miles is awesome, I'd give you a pat on the back too girl!!

Pam said...

Girlie...your turning into a cute lil fast rabbit.....better hide those carrots your gonna run even faster....CONGRATS to ya...run well done! Proud of ya!

Soup looks mighty fine too! Glad you enjoyed Josh's din din!

Happy Belated St. Patty's to ya too!

xoxo....enjoy!

Holly said...

Oh my gosh, girl - you are so speedy! Great run!! Mmmm - that soup looks AMAZING.

I did Body Pump for the first time in the morning (I've only done it at night), and it might become my new Tuesday/Thursday morning routine! Love it!

Chef Jeena said...

Lovely soup Erica very healthy. :)

Anne Marie said...

No weekend plans yet, but I need to make some soon!

Jessica said...

Soup looks great. The cheese on top makes it complete. I love havign a topping on soup, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, they seem to finish it.

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go on your pacing :-)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Congrats on the run girl--I give you credit for even thinking about running--I despise it haha!!

Ooo green for St.Pattie's--I've been on a homemade tomato soup kick lately, but this sounds easy and really flavorful!

Katie said...

Good job on the run! And yes, we should definitely give ourselves due credit from time to time and celebrate our achievements!

That soup looks so festive. I haven't made spinach soup in a while!

This weekend will be BUSY: work, dinners, half-marathon...

Therese said...

It always feels like such a victory when I squeeze in a workout that so easily could have been skipped.

GO GIRL!

Susan said...

Wow, congrats on your stellar run! You most definitely deserve a pat on the back!

Tiffany said...

wow, awesome speedy run! sub-8 minute miles are SO fast to me! awesome GREEN soup for st. patty's day. :D weekend plans are LOTS of thesis work and soaking up the sunshine as best i can while still studying haha. may prove harder than i think, though.

Angharad said...

Excellente! Congrats on your super speedy times of late missus! Total rockstar. That soup looks delish as well!

teresa said...

great job on the run! the soup looks delicious, i love that it's lightened up!

Ana said...

Great run girlie!! That soups looks delicious. Hope you are having a great day :)

Alisa - Fugal Foodie said...

Seriously awesome time!

That soup looks like a nice reward too :)

Maria said...

The soup looks very tasty!
We have a busy weekend-workouts, a photo shoot, 2 friend's birthdays, going away party for a friend, and maybe some R and R in there somewhere:) Oh and March Madness of course:)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm making meatballs this weekend! :)

RhodeyGirl said...

YUM! Sounds delicious. Great job getting that run in and reaching a new goal- I wish I could run as fast as you!!! In time maybe????

Pam said...

Erica, come by and see me please I have a surprise for you!

xoxo

Matt said...

I saw that you commented on Pam's guest post on the FaveDiets blog, so I went and checked out your blog. Your recipes are awesome (this spinach soup looks really good!). I will definitely be visiting this site again.

biz319 said...

Love how colorful the soup is!

It's my birthday today and my German exchange student arrived yesterday so we are having a Welcome dinner tonight - can't wait!

Krista said...

GREAT run, Erica! Glad to hear Josh's work event had some good eats.

My weekend is pretty open so far...

Kerstin said...

What a fantastic run - so inspiring! Love the soup too!