Sunshine Bowl Soup is delicious, healthy, easy, and makes excellent left-overs also to freeze. It'll warm your soul and nourish your body.
3tbsphealthy cooking fat, I like to use avocado oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil
6-8green onions (scallions), washed and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
12-inch piecefresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped or grated
4garlic cloves, peeled and pressed or finely chopped
1tspturmeric powder, you can add more if you like, but I wouldn't go over 2 tsp. Otherwise, it overpowers the dish
1tspyellow (madras) curry powder, you can add more if you like, but I wouldn't go over 2 tsp. Otherwise, it overpowers the dish
1pinchfreshly cracked black pepper, 1-2 turns of your pepper grinder
1/2cupshort-grain brown rice, you can use barley instead if you like. Just do less in that case. Or you can omit the rice altogether if you want the soup to be lighter and more broth-like.
1/2cupwhite wine (if desired), you can omit this if you like or don't have wine in the house. It just adds a depth of flavor.
4cupvegetable stock, low-sodium
1can (13.5 fl. oz)coconut milk
2big bunchfresh kale, wash, and chop the leaves into your desired size. They will wilt in the soup.
3cupsbeans, already cooked or canned, I like to use any combination of red kidney beans, pinto beans, adzuki beans, great northern white beans (depending on what I have available). Feel free to use your favorite bean variety.
Prep all ingredients as listed, except the kale and beans. They are added at the very end, so you'll have time to tend to them while the soup cooks.
Heat a large pot or large dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the cooking fat and let it coat the bottom of the pot.
Add the green onions and carrots, cook for about 5 minutes (do not let anything brown - turn down your heat if necessary).
Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, curry powder, and black pepper and cook for about 1 minute. Do not let this burn; you want to let the flavor of the spices develop in the cooking fat before adding the wine.
Add the brown rice and stir to coat the rice in all the spices for about 1 minute.
Pour in the white wine, give it a good stir, and make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot or dutch oven. (If not using wine, go straight to adding the broth and coconut milk as your pot deglazing liquid)
Pour in the stock and coconut milk, give it a good stir and make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot.
Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to low and cook covered for about 45 minutes but feel free to let it go for 1 hour if needed. Be sure to check it every 15 minutes to make sure nothing is sticking or burning at the bottom of the pot.
While the soup cooks, wash, clean, and chop your kale and get your beans ready.
After 45-60 minutes, stir in the beans and kale leaves. (You will need to do the kale in bunches since it will go in super fluffy and big. But as you stir it under the soup, it will wilt and make space for more.)
Once all the beans and kale are in, let it cook another 5 minutes on low to warm everything through, and gently cook the kale a bit.
Add the lime juice and make sure it is well integrated.
Taste and adjust your seasoning if needed.
Serve and enjoy!
I often double this recipe and either freeze or refrigerate the extras as it makes for an easy and delicious fast lunch or dinner.