Vegetable Delight Soup

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Yu Choy

When I started to make tonight’s soup my back was hurting like crazy, so I was not sure how it was going to go. It hurt just to cut the yucca root. About then, Kevin showed up to help. He took over slicing and dicing. I commenced, supervising, story telling and documenting.

Ingredients:

  • water
  • 3-1/2 pounds yellow split peas
  • 1 large yucca root, peeled & pureed
  • a bunch of fresh cilantro, pureed
  • a handful of tarragon, pureed
  • 3″ ginger root, peeled & pureed
  • 1-1/2 heads of celery, chopped
  • 1 pound of sweet baby orange, yellow & red peppers, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 pound of radishes, sliced
  • 1 fennel, diced (including fronds)
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach, cut up
  • a bunch of Yu Choy (Chinese mustard greens, looks like giant spinach)
  • 1 large carrot (It was lonely in the fridge.)
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ~ 1 Tablespoon ground turmeric
  • ~ 2 Tablespoons dried basil
  • ~ 1 Tablespoon rubbed Albanian sage
  • 20 grinds black pepper

Directions:

Bring a few quarts of water to a boil in a 22 quart stock pot. Add the split peas and cook. Puree’ the yucca, cilantro, tarragon, and ginger in a food processor, and add it to the pot. Whisk the mixture together. Add water, if too thick. Keep chopping the other ingredients. Once the peas are liquefied, add the other ingredients to the pot. Reduce heat. Add more water, as necessary. The stockpot should be about 3 inches shy of full. It should still be fairly thick. Stir everything together. Transfer the stockpot into a canner on top of a couple of rags with a couple inches of water in it. Once you put the stockpot in, the water should come most of the way up the side. This is a giant double boiler, allowing you to stew the soup for hours, without scorching it. Stir it occasionally. Check the water level in the canner so it doesn’t boil dry.

Health Benefits:

Yucca root is used for osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders. It helps cleanse the body of toxins.
Cilantro has strong antioxidant properties and helps cleanse the body of heavy metals. It has also been found to help in lowering blood sugar and preventing cardiovascular damage. It has also been shown to help lower anxiety. [1]
Ginger has been found useful as a powerful anti-inflammatory and migraine preventative, useful in the treatment of diabetes and dozens of other ailments. Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and it has been shown to lower cholesterol as effectively as Lipitor. I wrote about this here.
Peppers have more Vitamin C than oranges, plus they have valuable bioflavonoids as do the radishes.
Celery is a cardiovascular anti-inflammatory and is a good source of Vitamin K and fiber along with a number of minerals.
Yu Choy provides vitamins K, A, C, folic acid and antioxidants.
Garlic is a natural anti-viral and anti-biotic.

We try to provide a healthy meal. We made a vegetarian soup for tonight, because April is making ground beef and cabbage casserole. We always want to offer a vegetarian choice for those who do not eat meat. Thank you for your your support. God bless you.