Now that the weather is cooling down and our desire to get cozy in our warm blankets is increasing its time for some warm, flavorful and lip smacking soup to be included in our menu. As the temperature falls and the sun plays hide and seek and the clouds gather all over the sky and the leaves falling off the branches the first food that comes to my mind is wholesome and filling soup with substance.
Barley – this grain is high in fiber and promotes weight loss. It helps in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. This healthy and nutrient packed grain helps in stabilizing appetite by controlling the blood sugar and slows down the process of getting hungry more often.
Kale – we all know is the new super green and so versatile that this green leafy vegetable can be used in recipes and can be consumed cooked or raw. It is a good source of iron, fiber, potassium and many more vitamins and minerals.
To spice up this soup I used Cajun spice blend and my home was filled with irresistible aroma of Cajun Spiced Barley Kale Soup. I tweaked this soup a little more as compared to my earlier soups. I flavored kale leaves with tarragon and cooked in coconut milk and blended them smooth for this soup to have a creamy texture along with subtle flavor. Also while cooking barley I added Cajun spice blend to it so that barley can have a spiced taste instead of the bland taste. These little changes made this soup friendlier for those who do not prefer kale or barley.
I would encourage you all to try this soup once and you will fall in love with it forever. 🙂