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Celery

This beautiful green bunch of stalks was once used as a bouquet of flowers! Nowadays celery is more often eaten as a versatile crunchy snack--with peanut butter, a sprinkle of salt, or as an addition to your crudite platter. The subtle flavor is also an essential in Thanksgiving dishes, and I personally love to make a creamy celery soup. So check your farmers' markets, as it should be making an appearance this fall.

Celery Soup

Ingredients: 

 

1 head celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 Potato, cut into cubes

½ stick of butter

3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

Salt and pepper to taste

2-3 sprigs fresh dill, chopped

½ cup cream

 

Instructions: 
  1. Combine vegetables and butter in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent (about 10 minutes)

  2. Add broth to vegetables and simmer until potatoes are tender, 8–10 minutes

  3. Add dill and purée in a blender (keep some dill back for garnish)

  4. Stir in cream

  5. Garnish with celery leaves and dill

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients: 

Folate -  supports brain and nervous system functions and bolsters overall cardiovascular health, red blood cell production, and reproductive health

Potassium - helps maintain blood pressure and regulate kidney health

Vitamin B6 - helps maintain a healthy nervous system, makes hemoglobin to carry oxygen in red blood cells throughout the body

Vitamin C – helps to rebuild tissues and blood vessels, and keep bones and teeth strong

Vitamin K - necessary for blood clotting and assists with bone health

Did you know?

Most people choose to eat celery stalks, but the leaves and seeds of celery are also edible and beneficial. For example, celery leaves make a great addition to stir-fries and soups.