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Gluten-Free Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe

Hello Spring!

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Due to a heavy travel schedule the last three out of four weeks and a computer crash I haven’t posted my usual once a week recipe. I’m glad to say the computer has been fixed and I’m up and running at full speed again!

I just came home from a lovely ski vacation in the Colorado Rockies Sunday night, and it’s great to be home in time for Spring! Never mind the fact that it was snowing when we landed in Baltimore as I’m sure it’s time to plant the garden and welcome in the warmer weather that is forecasted this week. While on vacation I had time to read the book Grain Brain by Dr David Perlmutter. It’s a very interesting book about how gluten messes with our brains by causing surges in blood sugar which in turn causes inflammation in the brain. That inflammation in turn causes Alzheimer’s and Dementia according to the good doctor.

Now I don’t know if the good Dr. is right on with his findings, but it does make for an interesting read. What is really interesting is his view on low fat/high carb diets. He promotes a diet low in carbs and fairly high in healthy fats like:

butter

nuts

olive oil

etc

He also says eggs are healthy to eat often. This seems to go in an opposite direction from current health guidelines, but then this morning on national public radio I heard a story on the low fat/high carb diet being unsuccessful in combatting heart disease. The story:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/31/295719579/rethinking-fat-the-case-for-adding-some-into-your-diet featured an interviewed with Walter Willett from the Harvard school of public health. Willett’s study was submitted for publishing but not accepted because it flew in the face of popular thinking at the time.

The story went on to say the healthy fats are butter, olive oil, nuts, and avocados. There seems to be a trend reversal in the works for our diets. You never know for sure with these kind of stories though. After all it has to stand the test of time, but it does confirm what Dr Perlmutter is saying about healthy fats and carbs. So in the interest of science yours truly is testing Dr Perlmutter’s diet plan to see if I feel any better on this diet. Not that I feel sick mind you but I am interested to see if the diet brings about any positive changes in my health. Especially the mild to moderate headaches I have had for years several times per week.

So far the gluten free diet plan that includes many things I have eaten sparingly previously has gone well. I have been eating eggs two to three times a week instead of oatmeal and toast for breakfast. I have brought butter back into my diet more than once a week, and have eaten a bit more meat than usual. I have noticed a decline in the occurrence of headaches and digestion has been better with a few exceptions.

It does help that gluten free products are gaining space in grocery stores so I’m not having much trouble staying gluten free. The only time I ate any gluten I know of is at dinner in Denver last week on of the items on my plate was cauliflower with a bread crumb topping that I was able to scrape off mostly.

In the near future I’ll be posting gluten free recipes that I aim to make attractive to those who need to avoid gluten as well as those who don’t. It will be interesting to see how far this gluten free diet goes as research uncovers the truth about gluten in our diets. After all you can’t believe everything you read. Remember when margarine was healthy!

 

To start out my gluten free recipes I give you a cream of asparagus soup that even if you can tolerate gluten you will love this simple yummy soup. It came out great in testing using 2% milk, but if you use whole milk it’s even more rich and tasty.

Gluten Free Cream of Asparagus Soup

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1/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup chopped celery

2 cups water

1 cup 1/2 inch diced peeled red potato

14 ounces fresh asparagus cut in 1 inch lengths, see note

1 1/2 cups milk, 2% or whole

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

optional, 1 vegetable bullion cube, or chicken bullion

 

sauté with water not oil for this soup

sauté with water not oil for this soup

In a 2 1/2 to 3 quart pot sauté onion and celery in 1/2 cup of the water for seven minutes stirring once or twice. If you have never done this water method of sautéing, don’t worry as it’s easy.

Add the rest of the water, potato, and salt/ bullion if using and bring to a boil. As soon at it reaches a boil reduce heat and simmer for seven minutes covered.

spuds and asparagus

spuds and asparagus

Add asparagus, and white pepper, cover and cook for ten to twelve minutes covered stirring once halfway through.

Turn off heat and add milk. If using a tabletop blender, carefully add soup and blend in two batches if necessary. I prefer to use an immersion blender and blend it on the stove top. If eating soon, reheat to just a simmer and serve.

Serves four.

 

Note:

One pound of asparagus with the tough end cut off will yield about 14 ounces of tender asparagus.

If using a vegetable bullion cube or chicken bullion cube cut salt in half to 1/4 teaspoon.

 

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4 Responses to Gluten-Free Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe

  • Linda Bunge says:

    Hi Kurt,
    I tried the asparagus soup. I didn’t have any bullion cubes, so substituted chicken stock for half the water. Otherwise, I followed your recipe. I thought it was a little flat so I added the juice from half a lemon. I felt like that brightened it up and I like it very much.
    I don’t know if I ever told you how much I enjoyed the recipe for black bean soup. I have some frozen in 2 cup containers to take out whenever I want something hot for lunch.
    Linda Bunge

    • Kurt Jacobson says:

      I’m glad the lemon juice picked up the flavor. I used a vegetable and herb bullion cube (Rapunzel brand) which probably makes a significant difference in taste. Whole Foods and other health food stores carry said brand of veg. cube.
      Good to hear you like the black bean soup, and thanks for your comments. Comments help me and other readers too!

  • Jbulter says:

    Looks like the perfect spring soup. I look forward to trying it when asparagus floods our farmers market here shortly. Yum!

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