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Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup (Gluten Free, Vegan Options)

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Ever heard of Caldo Verde aka Portuguese Kale Soup? Get ready to meet your new best friend for a filling, nutritious soup that is packed with flavor but doesn’t take much! Then finish out the week with the Friday Catch All!

Runners? This is your new favorite recovery soup. It may be spring, but it definitely isn’t warm around here. This soup will warm you back up, fill you back up, and get your ready to get back to your day after a long run. 

Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup (Gluten Free, Vegan Options)

This Caldo Verde or Portuguese Kale soup from @suzlyfe is an amazing recovery meal for a long run, hard workout, or a long day! Filling, easy, and delicious. Gluten Free and Vegan options!

One of my many creations from my weekend of kitchen experimentation the weekend of Embryo Transfer #2, this Caldo Verde soup is the gift that keeps on giving. Alex and I had it that night and were immediately in love–we both agreed that this was a recipe that would be here to stay. This Portuguese Kale Soup recipe is equal parts hearty (thanks to the hidden thickener and the spice of the sausage/vegan chorizo) and light (because of the broth and the kale). I originally had designs to add other ingredients to the end product, but Alex and I both agreed that it was perfect as it was at the end. That said, check out the “additional notes” in the recipe!

This Caldo Verde or Portuguese Kale soup from @suzlyfe is an amazing recovery meal for a long run, hard workout, or a long day! Filling, easy, and delicious. Gluten Free and Vegan options!

I first heard about Caldo Verde several years ago on a blog (that no longer exists), and for some reason, I’ve just never forgotten about the soup or idea of the recipe. Until three weeks ago, I’d never had it in any form! I’m so glad I finally made it, and it will not be the last time.

What makes this Kale Soup so delicious, even though it is but a few ingredients? I honestly couldn’t tell you. But trust me, it is simple perfection. Caldo Verde is also highly nutritious, at least in this version. Here’s why:

  • Russet potatoes provide excellent vitamins and minerals, are high in fiber, a good source of protein, and an excellent source of carbohydrates (yes, carbs are good). This makes them EXCELLENT post workout or long run recovery food! More about potatoes here
  • Low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth) replenishes sodium and hydrates
  • Kale goes to work with its own superfood awesomeness
  • Chorizo or soyrizo/vegan chorizo is high in protein, but I recommend that if you use the real thing, that you source carefully. I’m a big chicken sausage fan, so I would recommend a chicken chorizo. Fats are good, after all, but I know that I can’t handle full chorizo.

Okay, so this Caldo Verde or Portuguese Kale Soup or whatever you want to call it recipe is magical, we get it. But do you really? Make this once (you’ll have plenty to freeze, and it thaws like a charm!), and you will understand.

This Caldo Verde or Portuguese Kale soup from @suzlyfe is an amazing recovery meal for a long run, hard workout, or a long day! Filling, easy, and delicious. Gluten Free and Vegan options!

Caldo Verde Portuguese Kale Soup (Gluten Free, Vegan Options)

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Make this classic Portuguese Kale Soup for a filling and healthy lunch or dinner. Even the vegan update on the classic Caldo Verde, or Portuguese Kale Soup stays true to flavor and is gluten free! Freeze for later!

You'll Need...

  • 6-8 Cups Fresh Kale
  • 8 oz Chorizo OR 1 Cup Copycat Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo*
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Large Cloves Garlic OR 2 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 2-4 Russet Potatoes, cubed** (more potatoes will create a thicker soup)
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 1-2 TBSP each Cilantro and Parsley
  • 1 TBSP Red Pepper Flake
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper
  • Optional: Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish.


  1. Combine all ingredients from Vegetable broth down into a large soup pot, bring to boil, and cook until potatoes are tender and soft. Let cool, then transfer to blender or food processor or use an immersion blender to process until smooth.
  2. If using Lanciato Kale, wash, dry, and chop or tear into small pieces and then cook over medium heat in soup base on stove for 15 minutes.
  3. If chorizo is raw, cook in separate skillet before adding to soup.
  4. **If using baby kale or precooked chorizo, put desired kale and chorizo into a bowl and pour hot soup base over, then stir. Kale should wilt quickly.
  5. Serve with gluten free bread and a garnish of fresh cilantro or parsley!

Additional Notes

*Get the recipe for my Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo here:
**Can also substitute a head of cauliflower, chopped up

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Friday Catch All

As weird and emotional as this week began, it ended just fine (even if the weather sucks).

Not sure what I am talking about? Here are my posts from the week:

I also have been guest posting quite a bit of late!

You can’t say that I don’t give you reading material. You are welcome.

Okay, so it is time for the rest of the Friday Catch All!

1) Oops, I did it again: I made more banana muffins. This time, I played with my recipe from last week, and these are different and awesome and like s’mores muffins. I’ll post the recipe, probably. But I have a feeling that you guys are just over it by now, lol. 

2) Thank you for all the birthday wishes to Alex! What I ended up getting him was a funny card, two bags of his favorite sweet potato tortilla chips (on sale, to boot), a PB RXBAR, and then I made him chocolate chip peanut butter cookies with a recipe inspired by this one but made my own. LUCKY BOY. If the sun comes out before they are all gone, I will post the recipe ;D

3) I am emotionally finishing out the week far better than I started it. Not that doing so it all that hard, as I started off the week acutely depressed and immediately had an anxiety attack. The Thursday Thing was tackled, and though I had to give up something that I love in order to do so, I am hopeful for the future that this change will bring more stability to our family and happiness for all. 

4) Because Ridley likes to chew everything to bits, including all of her beds (and the one that Mom got her for Christmas), I got her an “indestructible” crate pad from K9 Ballistics. It comes with a 90 day guarantee and even has zip ties so that you can secure it to the crate corners. #itson

5) So you know how I guest posted for the Empowered Race Series blog yesterday? Well, I am excited to announce that I am also an ambassador! I will be at the race August 5 in the San Francisco area, and I will be out there with everyone, either running or walking (depending on my situation). The weekend is going to be amazing, and you know that I will have a full post to come on it.

Register and join me for a weekend of racing (one mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon) and yoga! #EmpowerRace

This will be a weekend of running (with a one mile, 5K, 10K and half marathon across the two days) and yoga flow classes from Flex and Flow throughout the entire weekend, not to mention the festival experience.  Best of all, it is brought to you by the Sweat Pink Ladies, so you know it will be AMAZING. Find out more here and register, and I hope to see you all there!

Baking, running, yoga, and birthday fun--don't miss Suz's Friday Catch all! #sweatpink #yum Click To Tweet

Have you ever heard of Caldo Verde? Try it, you will love it!

Faux S’mores like Banana Muffin Recipe or Chocolate Chip PB Cookie recipe?

Who is going to be running and yoga-ing with me in San Francisco?!

Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther, and Jess), Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Annmarie and Dixya), Food and Fitness Sunday (Ilka and Angela)

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