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Kale, Swiss Chard, and Chickpea Soup with Sunchoke Chips

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I first started this blog because I was driven by my passion to share my love for really good food. I didn’t do very much research into how to blog, or what bloggers are “supposed” to do. I’ve been thinking more about what this space means to me, and the direction in which I want to take my blog. This blog began as Life Is Like A Dumpling, a documentation of vegetarian kitchen experiments, and became Gratitude and Greens when I decided to incorporate my ever-growing commitment towards my plant-based and health-focused lifestyle.

I want to promote nutrition and wellness, which I have been doing through healthy recipes and informational posts I share on this site. In addition, I want to encourage mindfulness and gratitude in our daily lives. I realized, upon deeper reflection, that I’ve been neglecting the ‘gratitude’ aspect of the blog. Going through my archives, I also realized that there is a lot of content I need to edit, update, and re-photograph. In the coming weeks, I will continue to post as often as possible while focusing on improving the site’s look, content, and overall quality. So, prepare yourselves! If you have any suggestions and if there is anything you would like to see more or less of on the blog, please let me know in the comments below! Is the site easy to navigate? Are there specific recipes you’d like to see? More posts focusing on health and nutritional information? I would love to hear your feedback.

In the meantime, here’s a soup recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you for the past few weeks. With below zero temperatures officially here, soup has been on my mind! The first time I made this soup I used a combination of spinach, Swiss chard, and kale. This version uses a combination of just Swiss chard and kale. Yes, I am well aware that people are getting tired of kale. I, too, get kale fatigue from time to time. Kale, however, happens to be one of the few leafy greens that are actually in season this time of the year.

kale, swiss chard, and chickpea soup with sunchoke chips // gratitude and greenspin it

This soup takes ten minutes to make, and, thanks to the greens, the soup is high in vitamins and minerals perfect for fighting off the sniffles: vitamins A, B2 and 6, C, E, K; copper; manganese; iron; calcium; potassium; and cancer fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals. Although many soup recipes use potatoes to give soups a thicker, heartier texture, I used chickpeas, which are full of protein and fiber. Topped with sunchokes, a drizzle of olive oil, and hemp seeds, this soup is hearty, delicious, and wonderful to eat on a cold winter evening.

kale, swiss chard, and chickpea soup with sunchoke chips // gratitude and greenspin itKale, Swiss Chard, and Chickpea Soup with Sunchoke Chips
yields 3-4 servings


  • 3 cups vegetable stock (or 2 cups vegetable stock + 1 cup water)
  • 2 cups greens of choice, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 small onions
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • extra virgin olive oil, to garnish
  • hemp seeds, to garnish

For the sunchoke chips:

  • 1 lb sunchokes
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 205ºC/400ºF. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Clean the sunchokes with a brush and slice them thinly, using either a knife or a mandolin. You can choose to peel them or leave the skins on.
  3. Melt the coconut oil on the stovetop, and pour over the sunchokes.
  4. Toss the sunchokes in the coconut oil and season with sea salt and pepper, and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Flip the sunchokes and bake for another 12-15 minutes. Once finished, remove from the oven and allow them to cool.
  6. While the sunchoke chips are baking, prepare the soup.
  7. Sauté the garlic and onion in a medium pot with coconut oil. Once fragrant and soft, add the greens and the chickpeas.
  8. Add the vegetable broth, and simmer for five minutes. Be careful not to overcook the greens.
  9. Blend using an immersion blender. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  10. Pour into bowls and garnish with extra virgin olive oil, the sunchoke chips, and hemp seeds.

Enjoy : )

What are your favourite winter recipes? Do you have a favourite soup recipe? And don’t forget: if you have any suggestions on how to improve the site, I would love to hear from you!

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more soup recipes:
roasted pumpkin and fennel soup with pumpkin seed pesto by happy hearted kitchen
split pea and barley soup by sasi’s kitchen
roasted cauliflower and moroccan spiced almond soup by chocolate & marrow

  • Carter

    This soup looks divine! I’ve never tried sun chokes before, but they look really delicious in your photos- definitely something I’ll be trying! My go-to winter soup is an oldie from Bon Appetit. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/curried-lentil-soup I usually toss in a few cups of spinach to wilt & temper the garlic (otherwise it’s super garlicky).

    Can’t think of any suggestions for the blog atm, I really enjoy reading your posts, though, and seeing your updates on Facebook and pinterest. Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Carter! That curried lentil soup sounds really good… I’m a big fan of adding greens to wilt when I make soups, too!ReplyCancel

  • Your site is wonderful. This soup looks like perfection with this chilly weather! Love that you used a mix of greens. Thanks for sharing and best of luck with the updates!!ReplyCancel

  • Love your blog! This looks so scrumptious… Must try!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautful soup recipe! I love any soup at all at this time of year, and this one seems so healthy and tasty!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kelly! I’m a year-round soup lover, but even more so during the colder months of the year. Let me know how you like it if you decide to try it. Your gingerbread mini bundt cakes are adorable, and I can’t wait to try making them once Christmas gets closer :)ReplyCancel

  • Just keep on with the beautiful recipes like this! You are a wonderful blogger!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you lovely! I try 😛 I’m off to check out your post on the best winter teas now… I’m all about tea!ReplyCancel

  • this soup not only sounds delicious but it looks so vibrant and beauitful! i will have to try this! as for favorite winter recipes, I have a pumpkin chili recipe that I have made a couple years now. it’s super yummy and hearty and perfect for those cold, snowy nights: http://f00dventures.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/sweet-potato-slow-cooker-almost-vegetarian-chili/ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Kirsten! I just made chili two nights ago and ate it by the fire while it was snowing outside. Sounds so cliché but it was actually so surreal and perfect! I’ll be sure to check out your recipe. I’m a fan of most recipes involving sweet potatoes 😉ReplyCancel

  • Looks delicious! Your photos are wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • This looks amazing!! I’m soo going to have to make this soon!ReplyCancel

  • This recipe looks good. Will be pinning it for future use. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Love the blog and this recipe sounds so yummy!

    Summer Ann

  • I’m looking for a way to get more greens in my diet–this soup would be a great way to do it. Looks delicious! :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Natalie! I love getting greens in via soup or smoothie. Super easy and tasty! Let me know how you like it if you decide to give it a try :)ReplyCancel

  • you make kale look good!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous soup! The greens are so vibrant .. and healthy, of course. I need to jump on the hemp seed bandwagon. It’s on my must-use-more-of list!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Liz! And you definitely should- hemp seeds are full of healthy fats, protein, and are wonderful for supporting our health. I love them!ReplyCancel

  • That soup looks so pretty! <3 (And what what, 10-minute soups!? <3)

    I was definitely like that too! My earlier food pictures are pretty atrocious because my blog was pretty much private, and I was using it just for myself, mostly as a dumping ground for recipes I'd tried out. (As long as it tasted good, right? 😡 ) One of these days, I"m going to need to tackle them and re-photograph a whole lot of recipes, but it's rather intimidating at the moment, so I still haven't started. :[ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Farrah! And you can do it! If you need any motivation, I’m here and am more than happy to give you a poke whenever you want. But you’re right: I’m okay with it as long as it tastes good! 😛ReplyCancel

  • YUM! This looks so incredible! What a beautiful looking soup. Love the idea of sunchoke chips on top- so creative :)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Alex! I love adding texture to my soups with toppings- it’s either sunchoke chips, crispy chickpeas, kale chips, or something along those lines. Your sweet potato hummus is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • I have never heard of sunchoke chips. What exactly are they? Your soup sounds divine!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Laurie! Sunchokes are also known as Jerusalem artichokes. They have a savoury, earthy flavour that I just can’t get enough of! I make sunchoke chips by shaving them/slicing them thinly and baking them until they are crispy. Such a treat! Hope you get a chance to try them :)ReplyCancel

  • Yum, this looks delicious. I’m loving soup for fall. This one looks so savory and green. I totally want to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Your site is gorgeous so definitely no immediate thoughts on what you could do to make it better… it’s already great!!ReplyCancel

  • i’ve love this recipe and your blog :))


  • Wow! This soup looks amazing! My family gets a little weirded out by my “healthy recipes”, but I’m just going to have to try this anyways!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Holly! Some of my friends and family get weirded out too, but they usually change their minds once they’ve tried something and actually like it. Let me know how it goes if you decide to make it :)ReplyCancel

  • […] of delicious greens is more than welcome. Luckily my awesome friend Gen runs an incredible blog, Gratitude and Greens, with some amazing recipes…and I really loved this little number. Also sunchoke chips are my […]ReplyCancel

  • This looks so good! I am always looking for new ways to work with swiss chard, so I am definitely going to be trying out this recipe asapReplyCancel

  • looks absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • This sounds delicious!! I have never cooked with sunchokes before. Are they easy to find at the grocery store?ReplyCancel

  • This looks delicious! I am definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • ARGH. WordPress just ate my essay of a comment. ARGHH

    Pretty much said your blog is epic and not just relating to food or healthy living, but your honesty and openness- it’s refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • Your posts make me really miss my favorite vegetarian restaurant – Vedge. Beautiful images, and can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Your blog is so beautiful and I love your recipes! I’ve never cooked with swiss chard and I’ve never heard of sunchokes before – this recipe sure looks yummy though so I might have to branch out and try something new! Love it.


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