Ever wondered why Gwyneth Paltrow always seems to be glowing and looks at the peak of fitness? Well, it might have something to do with what she eats. She has a super healthy diet and makes the most of delicious, natural ingredients. Her latest book, The Clean Plate – Delicious Health Recipes for Everyday Glow (Hachettte), features a host of healthy recipes by the Hollywood A-lister. This delish Peruvian soup is one of them!
A friend of mine told me about this soup she’d had at a Peruvian restaurant called aguadito de pollo that was a vibrant green color from all the cilantro in it. As a lover of cilantro for its unmistakable flavor, I had to try to make my own version of the soup. After tinkering a bit and swapping out the rice for cauliflower rice, I landed on a soup that was equal parts light and satiating. Cilantro is said to have chelating properties—meaning it may help the body get rid of heavy metals—and is generally thought of as a cleansing herb in the Ayurvedic tradition. This is the kind of cleanse-friendly food I’d eat whenever.
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 jalapeño (optional)
Juice of 3 limes
1/4 cup water, plus more if needed
4 cups Chicken Stock
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 head of cauliflower, riced (1 to 1.5 cups)
1/2 cup frozen peas
Lime wedges, for serving
Combine the onion, cilantro, jalapeño (if using), lime juice, and water in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth, adding a little extra water if needed to loosen the mixture. Set aside.
In a medium soup pot, bring the stock to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add the chicken and salt and cook until the chicken is opaque and fully cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool.
Meanwhile, add the cauliflower rice and peas to the broth and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cauliflower rice is tender but not mushy.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat.
To serve, increase the heat to medium, return the shredded chicken to the pot, and add the onion-cilantro puree. Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes before serving.
Divide into bowls and garnish with lime.
These recipes are extracted from The Clean Plate: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Everyday Glow by Gwyneth Paltrow, published by Hachette Australia RRP $45.00.
Photographs: Ditte Isager