Confession: I really hate when bloggers and authors say they’re confessing, and then own up to something really, really lame like: I forgot to brush my teeth today. (Which didn’t really happen, but I’ve read that “confession” somewhere before, ewww.) No, I don’t expect people to unleash all their misdeeds on the internet, but owning up to wearing the same shirt as yesterday, or skipping the gym for a day isn’t “confession” worthy.
At least in my mind.
So, I won’t “confess” that I hate celery, but really, I really do hate celery. I feel a little guilty admitting this on a health food blog. It’s the one food that reports as having negative calories since you burn more calories eating it than are actually in it. Every health conscious dieters dream come true, right? Except that it’s gross.
That is, until you make this soup.
I know, you might be hesitant. Especially all you celery haters out there, like me. Somehow I ended up with a few bundles of celery in my fridge that no one would eat. I’m sure almost everyone has some limp celery lurking in their refrigerator crisper. Take that celery, make this soup and you will be so glad you did. The creaminess here comes from a white potato, so yes this is absolutely dairy free. My husband keeps asking when I’ll make it again, and even requested that I serve it for Christmas dinner this year. Yes, it’s that good!
- 2 T ghee or coconut oil
- 1 bundle of celery
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 white potato, peeled and chopped
- 4 C broth or water
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- Melt oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add celery, onion, and potato. Season with salt. Cook for about 5 min stirring occasionally.
- Add broth and bring to a boil. Bring down to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook until vegetables are soft, about 20 min, stirring occasionally.
- Add broth and vegetables to a blender in small batches and puree until smooth.
- Add more broth to soup if you need to make it thinner.
- Return to pan to heat if necessary.
- Stir in lemon juice.
- Top with celery leaves, or even bacon crumbles.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Notes: This makes a great vegetarian dish, or you can easily serve with a side of your favorite protein for a complete balanced meal.