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January 4, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Detox soup recipes

Cabbage detox soup, from A Year of Slow Cooking.

After a month of indulging in cookies and cakes and creamy rich food, we need to atone, and what better way than with a healing bowl of cleansing detox soup? And what is a detox soup, anyway? A detox soup brings as many healthy ingredients as possible -- antioxidant-, mineral- and nutrient-dense vegetables -- together in one pot. Often the vegetables are finely chopped or puréed, which makes them easier to digest, but in some, like this cabbage soup from A Year of Slow Cooking, the vegetables are left in larger pieces in a light broth. Detox soups come in all colors and flavor profiles, as you'll see in this week's soup links.

Several different types of detox soups caught my eye this week:

Detox green soup with broccoli, spinach and ginger, from Gluten-free Goddess Recipes

Carrot, cumin and ginger detox soup, from Not Quite Nigella

Cleansing miso, beet, asparagus detox soup, from Honest Fare

Super detox broccoli soup, from Real Epicurean

Cabbage soup diet Crockpot recipe, from A Year of Slow Cooking

White bean and spinach soup, from Aggie's Kitchen

Shiitake and soba soup, from Pink Bites

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: Kalyn | January 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I'm not quite doing a detox, but definitely eating lighter and some of these sound pretty good!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | January 4, 2014 at 04:54 PM

Kalyn, these soups seem like such a good way to start the year.

Posted by: Debbie | January 5, 2014 at 09:55 AM

I am making the carrot, cumin and ginger soup right now. It smells wonderful and is a beautiful bright orange!

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