Green Monster Soup

Believe it or not I don’t eat chocolate cloud cookies bigger than my hand for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t loll around all day with half-eaten jars of marshmallow fluff at my feet. And I don’t eat peanut butter cup pie and Hostess cupcakes every single night for dessert.

OK. . . maybe that last one’s pushing the truth a little.

If on occasion you do happen to do one or more of those things and you wake up with a sugar hangover or just feel all around sluggish there’s nothing like a mug of this soup to fix you right up.

It’s kind of sort of like a green monster smoothie in soup form. With huge amounts of kale, spinach, parsley, ginger, garlic and onion.

A small amount of quinoa adds body and protein. A fresh squeeze of lemon brightens everything up.

And the optional spoonful or two of nutritional yeast is for energy. And flavor.  If you never had nutritional yeast you should! It has a salty, cheesy flavor that is as addicting as peanut butter cup pie and is packed with an unbelievable amount of B vitamins. I like to sprinkle it over my eggs, on my popcorn, in soups, sandwiches and on my kale chips. I’ve been known to sprinkle it on just about anything when I need some extra energy. It’s an instant pick-me-up.

Green Monster Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Green Monster Soup


olive oil, for sauteing
2 onions, diced
sea salt
2 teaspoons ginger, diced or grated
5 cloves garlic, minced or grated
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup bottled water
8 packed cups kale
4 packed cups baby spinach
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice
fresh lemon juice
nutritional yeast flakes, for garnish, optional


  1. In a large saucepan heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-low heat; add onion, season well with salt and pepper; saute until soft, stirring often. Add ginger and garlic saute 3-4 more minutes.
  2. Add broth, water, kale, spinach and parsley; simmer 20-25 minutes. Taste broth and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Add quinoa and puree until smooth using an immersion blender, food processor or blender (if using a stand blender hold the lid down with a dish towel so the steam doesn't blow the top off).
  4. Serve with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon and a spoonful of nutritional yeast.


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  1. says

    A welcome Spring pick-me-up is exactly what I need. There are so many chores to begin in the garden I don’t know where to start.

    I had forgotten the virtues of nutritional yeast. My kids grew up on the stuff! Thanks for the reminder Reeni. The soup looks decidedly delicious!

    P.S. The Oreo Cookie is celebrating 100 yrs on Tuesday. I’m thinking about a quick Oreo Cookie recipe round-up. Do you have anything to share?

  2. says

    I love this idea! Green foods make me happy and this soup is so vibrantly beautifully colorful, you can actually see how delicious it is!!

  3. claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine says

    Now this is perfect for St Patricks Day! nice looking soup and so healthy!

  4. says

    We are SO on the same page with this soup! I have way too many sugar-full nights and always need some kind of detox food. This soup is for sure it, in a delicious way!

  5. says

    I actually have some nutritional yeast in my pantry just waiting for something super healthy to eat it with:-)…..and I also have a half a package of kale and baby spinach…I think this recipe is beckoning me. Love this…I bet after you eat this you get a little bit of an energy rush!

    PS – I don’t think all you eat are chocolate cookies and hostess cupcakes:-)

  6. says

    I have not tried nutritional yeast but I’ve heard it’s good. Is it natural or not? This soup is pretty!!! My family would think I’m nuts if I made it for them though. I’d love to have some though. :-)

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