March 1 is spring, right? Alex and I are dying for spring weather, so we’re starting with some spring food to usher in the season. And this spring vegetable chowder is the perfect way to do it, with its vibrant green color and fresh flavors.
The recipe is from the new cookbook, Simply Vibrant by Anya and Masha of the blog Golubka Kitchen. Anya and Masha are a mother and daughter living 1000 miles apart and exchanging recipes to keep in touch. Anya is author and Masha is photographer (how fun is that?). There are 129 recipes in Simply Vibrant, all of which are vegetarian, 124 of them are vegan, and 109 of them are gluten-free or gluten-free adaptable. Anya’s goal was to create healthful, everyday recipes that require accessible, whole food ingredients – mainly vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, grains, and legumes. Her hope was that you’d be able to find in the index whatever good-looking produce you picked up at the market or store, and get some ideas on how to prepare it.
The book is full of vibrant photographs of bright-colored plant-based fare, and the recipes are creative and beautiful. This spring vegetable chowder jumped out to both Alex and me, with its bright green color and comforting vibe. (I think I mentioned we’re craving spring?) It’s full of spring vegetables: green peas, baby greens, chives, and mint. We were even able to use chives from our garden that are just starting to come up! The soup has a cozy, hearty and almost meaty flavor from cumin, coriander, and garlic, set off by the fresh herbs. We also added a squeeze of lemon to our bowls to heighten the brightness, and made sure to have a good sprinkling of mint. Everyone in the family enjoyed it, and even little Larson couldn’t stop eating it.
How about you: do you have a favorite spring vegetable?
Many congratulations to Anya and Masha on a gorgeous book! The vibrant colors of the recipes and photographs are a testament to your commitment to making wellness a truly exciting and magical way to live.
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This recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
This vibrant spring vegetable chowder is everything good about spring: bright green and fresh, featuring green peas, spinach, chives and mint.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- Kosher salt
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
- 10 small new potatoes, cut into small cubes
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 pound fresh or frozen English peas
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 2 to 3 green onions or chives, thinly sliced, for garnish
- Handful mint leaves, chopped (optional)
Heat the oil in a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add the cumin, coriander, onion, and a few pinches of salt; saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, celery, potatoes, a pinch of salt, and black pepper to taste, and cook, stirring, for another 5 minutes until fragrant.
Add the lemon juice and let it absorb for 1 minute then pour in the vegetable broth or water. Bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook, covered, until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the peas and greens to the soup and stir until the greens wilt. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the soup to a blender and blend until creamy. Return the blended soup to the pot and stir to combine.
Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary. Serve the soup garnished with chives, fresh mint, and a squeeze of lemon.