Creamy spinach soup

Serves 4

This soup is unexpectedly creamy, thanks to the potato. Serve as a first course or as a complete meal with sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch spinach (8 ounces), stems removed
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro (approximately one-quarter the size of the spinach bunch), stems removed
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

For garnish

  • ¼ cup of toasted almonds, slivered or sliced
  • Nutmeg
  • Dollop of plain yogurt (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small pot, bring water to boil and cook the potato until soft.
  2. In a medium pot, bring water to boil and add the spinach, cooking for three minutes. Drain the spinach, and discard the water.
  3. In a blender, add the spinach, potato, cilantro and milk. Blend until smooth.
  4. Transfer soup to the pot in which the spinach was boiled; season with salt and pepper, and reheat.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted almonds and a dash of nutmeg. Garnish with yogurt, if desired.

Nutrition information

Per serving: 175 calories, 9 g protein, 20 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 5 g monounsaturated fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 257 mg sodium

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