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Spring Green Nutrient Dense Soup

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

For our readers who can’t face another green smoothie breakfast, today’s Tasty Tuesday recipe is a delicious way to consume loads of tasty, nutrient-dense spring greens for lunch or dinner.

After spending much of this past weekend observing the Sandhill Cranes spring migration layover in the Southern Colorado San Luis Valley (see crane photos below) we decided to make an old favorite Martha Stewart spring vegetable soup and serve it with a piece of pan roasted wild salmon for another almost perfect Paleo dinner.


2 tablespoons unsalted butter (use coconut oil for absolute Paleo)

4 cups chicken broth

1 pound asparagus, cut into 1/4 –inch slices on a bias

2 cups frozen peas

2 tablespoons fresh dill

6 scallions, white parts thinly sliced, green part reserved

1 pound small red potatoes, halved, quarter is large

1 bunch spinach, stems removed and torn

coarse salt and pepper


In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add scallion whites and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add chicken or vegetable broth, 4 cuts water, and potatoes to pot. Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Add asparagus and cook 3 minutes more. Stir in spinach and peas, and cook until spinach is wilted and peas are heated through, about a minute more. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in dill and scallion greens to serve.

Ellen Troyer, with David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

According to OutThere COLORADO, "High on a cliff side near Monte Vista, is a petroglyph, probably 2,000 years old, depicting a Sandhill Crane. That's how long humans have been celebrating the spring break arrival of these majestic birds. 

"About 20,000 cranes migrate from Bosque de Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico through the San Luis Valley from the tail end of February through early April. Up to 10,000 birds can be seen at a time, best viewed from designated spots inside the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.

"After their brief stay, half of the population heads to Nebraska and the other half flies to northwest Colorado and the greater Yellowstone National Park area, where they nest and raise their chicks over the summer."