Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Colcannon and Thyme Leaf Soup

Happy St. Patty's Day!  Top o' the mornin' to yer lucky charms and all that jazz.  I can't vouch for this soup but I was looking for healthy Irish recipes to share and this one looked good so I thought I'd pass it along.  I assume that you can leave out the salt since it's only 1/2 a teaspoon (which is HALF of what your sodium intake should be for the day) and reduce the sodium.  Add a bay leaf or other herb or spice to replace that flavor.

2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 1/2 cups diced peeled baking potato (about 14 ounces)
1 cup diced onion (about 4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
3 tablespoons water
8 cups thinly sliced savoy cabbage (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add potato, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook 6 minutes. Add broth and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potato is tender.  Combine 3 tablespoons water and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven; bring to a simmer. Add cabbage and thyme. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Place half of potato mixture in blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining potato mixture. Add potato mixture to cabbage mixture; cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated.

Nutritional Information for 1 1/3 cup serving
Calories: 130 (28% from fat)
Fat: 4.1g (sat 2.5g, mono 1.1g, poly 0.3g)
Protein: 4.2g
Carbohydrate: 21g
Fiber: 4.5g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Iron: 0.9mg
Sodium: 442mg
Calcium: 48mg

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light
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1 comment:

  1. I put a corned beef in the crock pot last night and allocated calories to eat it. No soda bread or brown bread this year though. :-(

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