Soup during this time of year is perfect, it's cozy, soothing, warm and delicious. I'm always relieved when soup season has arrived because it's less dishes because everything is in one pot, it's packed full of nutrients, it warms me up (i'm always cold) and it's so versatile. I have a book with 1000 soup recipes and I love just looking through it for ideas.
Today's recipe is so simple and freezes really well. I made a huge amount of bone broth last week so i've been madly making soups to freeze for lunches. All the ingredients in this soup are immune supporting and gut healing. Perfect for anyone with digestive issues or autoimmune disease. Here's some of the benefits:
Chicken stock (homemade)
1. It heals a leaky gut. The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.
2. Fights infections such as colds and flu. A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.
3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation. The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger aids the digestive tract by toning muscles in the intestine and stimulating the breakdown of food.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). Vitamin A is crucial to gut health. They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.
Turmeric contains curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta-carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Furthermore, carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
Turmeric Sweet Potato Ginger Gut Healing Soup
Time: 30 min Serves 4-6
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp fresh ginger minced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 cup carrots
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup leeks sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp plain coconut yogurt
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Then stir in leeks for 2 minutes.
2. Add chopped sweet potatoes, carrots and ginger and stir for another 2 minutes.
3. Add 4 cups chicken stock and turn down to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
4. After soup is done, using an immersion blender or food processor (in batches) blend soup until smooth.
5. Then if soup is to thick add more chicken stock until your desired consistency.
6. Now add 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric
7. Topping: (optional) Add 2 tbsp plain coconut yogurt and 1/2 tsp maple syrup and mix. Top soup and serve hot.