Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Vegan Italian White Bean Kale Soup

Vegan Italian Kale Soup

The winters in New England are long and cold-- and even in late February there's no sign of the spring to come.  Making a nice pot of soup is just what the doctor ordered, sometimes, and nothing warms us up like Italian bean soup.  When I was a kid, my father would make a soup like this (although it was filled with nasty stuff like sausage) which is what he ate growing up in Italy, so it's kind of a piece of my family's history as well (although I'm sure my grandfather would have killed me if he knew I violated the recipe by making it vegan)!

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1-1/2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups vegetable broth
Two 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (or equivalent dried and soaked prior to cooking)
3 firmly packed cups of kale, cut and de-ribbed
1-1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano

Add the oil, garlic, onion, and rosemary to the pot, cooking for 3-5 minutes.  Add the celery, carrot, and kale, cooking for another 45 seconds.

At this point, pour in the cider vinegar, and mix it in well.  Add the spices.

After 2 minutes, add the beans and broth, simmering for 45 minutes.  Add water if needed.

Caloric Info 
Servings 8
Calories 83.8
Total Fat: 2.0 grams
Sat Fat: 0.3 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.3 grams
Monosat. Fat: 1.3 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 819.6 mg
Potassium: 229.2 mg
Carbs: 13.6 grams
Dietary Fiber: 3.5 grams
Sugar: 3.2 grams
Protein: 3.6 grams

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