What’s your Misery Score? You know, from the Winter Misery Index. If you live somewhere that hasn’t been pummeled by cold, ice, wind and snow…then I hope you’re happy. (And please, eat some ice cream for the rest of us.)
As of today, my Misery Score is 188. That’s also roughly the number of bowls of soup I’ve eaten in my attempt to survive this winter. Brothy Mushroom Soup with Greens has been my go-to recipe. It’s my vegetarian version of chicken soup. It’s full of good things like ginger and chili that taste great and keep me going.
(P.S. This weather may be making me slightly overdramatic. Just slightly.)
Vegetarian Mushroom Soup with Greens Recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 package (10 ounces) fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups water
1 pound sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 to 2 tablespoons tamari (soy sauce)
2 to 3 handfuls baby hearty greens (such as Power Greens with kale, spinach and chard)
Sambal oelek chili sauce
In a large (5-quart) pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms, jalapeno and garlic; cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes until mushrooms have cooked down and released their juices.
Add water, sweet potatoes, ginger and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir in tamari. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Add the greens to the pot. Give the soup a quick stir to wilt the greens.
Serve each bowl of soup with a small spoonful of sambal oelek chili sauce (or another chile sauce). I don’t consider this ingredient optional…I consider it the finishing touch that makes this soup work. Don’t skip it!