Since I started KC Geeks at the end of last year, I’ve been attending a number of different Meetup and networking groups, to try to make the most of my site. I recently joined The Blog Guild, which is a group of Kansas City bloggers who band together to ask questions, offer support and share blogging resources.
It was through The Blog Guild that I met Cindy Newland, author and blogger at IntentionallyEat.com. We hit it off immediately, and discussed opportunities for guest posts on each other’s blogs. Because she isn’t a huge Star Trek fan, I was so impressed with the amount of research she put into creating a geeky Star Trek recipe – some of the trivia she references I didn’t even know! Perhaps we’ll turn her into a Trek fan, yet!
I’ll let her tell the rest of the story. Make it so.
(Did you notice she folded the napkin in the shape of the Star Trek Delta Shield?? Bonus geek points!)
Hi! I’m Cindy from Intentionally Eat! I used to eat junk food and drink 2 liters of soda a day, but I’ve changed my ways, lost 125 pounds and now, I’m all about healthy!
I’m here today to celebrate all things Geeky with Cream of Spinach Soup!
I know it’s summer, but I had to make this Cream of Spinach Soup. Go ahead and pin it now for fall. You might be wondering why I had to make it, well, I’m glad you wondered. I’m celebrating the latest Star Trek movie – Star Trek: Beyond, of course!
So, what does Cream of Spinach Soup and Star Trek have in common? Only that it was a favorite of Spock. Well, I could be stretching it a little, I know Spock’s favorite was Plomeek soup. However, I think if he would have tasted this variation of Barkaya Marak, he would approve.
This Cream of Spinach Soup is based on a soup called Barkaya Marak
Chekov thought Barkaya Marak tasted like cream of spinach, but knew that it was legume based, somewhat similar to a peanutty flavor. However for my version, I decided to go with a more traditional cream of spinach soup.
I know Spock was vegetarian since Vulcans are a non-violent species. In the episode, All Our Yesterdays, he admits to eating animal flesh and regrets it. As a vegan myself, I tend to think Spock was a vegan, too. I don’t believe he would approve of dairy products since it harms the animals that are forced to produce it. Hence, this soup variation is vegan and non-violent.
I like my soups a little on the thick side, so I happened to have leftover mashed potatoes and I threw them in. If you haven’t tried it, it works wonderfully. On a side note, mashed potatoes are particularly delish in a bean soup. If you don’t have any leftover mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower), then you can always use arrowroot powder to thicken it. I prefer arrowroot powder over cornstarch because it results in a clearer, shinier texture. If you decide to use dairy milk in this soup be sure to use cornstarch instead of arrowroot otherwise you will end up with gooey soup.
Cream of Spinach Soup Ingredients
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 8 oz frozen spinach or 2 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used almond)
- 1 cup mashed potatoes (a great use for leftovers)
- and/or 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- salt & pepper to taste
Cream of Spinach Soup Directions
- In a pot melt vegan butter over medium heat.
- Saute onion for 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
- Add frozen or fresh spinach and saute for 2 -3 minutes
- Add vegetable broth and non-dairy milk. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Add mashed potatoes or mix 1/4 cup cold water with 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder and add to thicken the broth.
- If you want the soup to be a beautiful green color, blend.
- Season with apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper.
Serve warm. Top with vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, or croutons.
I chose to remove half of the soup from the pot and blend it. Then I added it back to the pot. It gives it a bright green color, plus adds to the creaminess.
Live long and prosper! Enjoy and Intentionally Eat!
AUTHOR BIO: Cindy Newland is a blogger, animal lover, vegan, health coach, yogi, and public speaker. She lives just outside Kansas City with her husband and 4 rescue cats. She is also the author of “Small Bites, Big Results: A Common Sense Guide to Weight Loss,” available now on Amazon.
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