To prepare the dumplings, bring the water and salt to a boil. Whisk in the cornmeal stirring constantly, until it begins to thicken. Cover, reduce the flame to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the parsley . Remove from the flame and allow to cool or refrigerate, uncovered, until the cornmeal becomes firm.
While the cornmeal is cooking and cooling, prepare the soup. Heat the oil in a soup pot and sauté the garlic and onions for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beans, celery, carrots, potatoes, rutabaga, tomatoes, bay leaf, water and sea salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and turn the flame to low, stir in the pepper and adjust the seasoning with more salt, if needed.
Scoop the cornmeal up with a tablespoon and shape it into balls. Ladle the soup into individual bowls and place 2 or 3 dumplings into each bowl. Garnish with the chopped spinach, arugula or watercress and serve hot.
Per serving - 204 calories, 6 gram fat (24% calories from fat), 7 gram protein, 33 gram carbohydrate, 7 gram fiber, 0 milligram cholesterol, 378 milligram sodium