The Perfect Cure to an Indulgent Weekend


photo credit: Jenny Nelson

It’s the season for over-indulging! If you do overdo it, this soup is THE perfect meal to not only get you back on track but to give your digestive system a break while still allowing you to feel like you’ve eaten well.  If you tend to balk at the mention of anything that is “healthy”, “low cal/low carb” or just plain good for you, you have to give this soup a try. This is a variation of the original recipe featured on Clean Blog. It was created by Frank Giglio.

My entire family devoured it and voted that it be a repeat. It is perfect as a lunch or part of a main meal. It is clean, fresh, light and flavorful but without the feeling that you’re eating cardboard or bland broth. Feel free to add your own variety of vegetables.

serves 4

prep time: 20 minutes?cooking time: 15 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 celery stalk, chopped

2 medium sized carrot, chopped

3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

3-4 small read, yellow, orange baby peppers

1 quart chicken stock

3/4  pound fresh baby spinach or Kale, washed and stemmed

½ teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 tablespoons minced preserved lemon

sea salt and Pepper to taste


Peel and chop everything in the ingredients list. Saute onions, celery, carrot and peppers for about 5 minutes in olive oil or until soft. Add the spices and garlic and sauté about a minute more.

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the spinach leaves in handfuls stirring until wilted down.

Add the preserved lemon and salt to taste (if needed). Simmer for 15 minutes.

You can roast ¼ pound of spinach leaves at 425? F mixed with olive oil, sea salt and peeper for 20-25 minutes or until crisp, stirring once in a while. Add some chips to garnish the top of the soup.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.


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