Winter is the perfect time for making warm soups, and they are fantastic for your health too! They are a great way to get your nutrients when your digestion is below par, you’re unwell or feeling anxious and have lost your appetite. You can mix in all the goodness of seasonal vegetables and amp up the antioxidant factor with some herbs and spices.
Garlic is great in soups for boosting immune health and helping to fight colds and flu. Adding red chillies for some heat is a great way to get the circulation going. The chilli pepper has a thinning effect on mucus and makes a great decongestant for the lungs and sinuses.
Here is a super easy recipe to get you going:
Coconut Pumpkin Soup
1 medium to large butternut pumpkin (peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes)
Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons
1 - 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 stalk of celery (diced)
Cinnamon, 3 tsp
2 cups of vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
Coriander and Red Chillies (optional) to garnish
You can roast the pumpkin in advance if you prefer - this gives it a richer flavour and makes it easier to cut into cubes. Preheat the oven and place the whole pumpkin in the oven for about 10 minutes, then remove and set to cool slightly. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, then continue roasting for another 35-40 minutes. Once the pumpkin has softened, let it cool and then scoop out the seeds, remove the skin and cut into small cubes.
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil on a medium heat and add the onion, garlic and celery and sauté for a few minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and season with salt and pepper. Add the vegetable stock and cinnamon and bring to boil. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally as required.
Using a hand blender, puree the soup, gradually adding the coconut milk until the desired consistency is reached.
Serve in soup bowls, top with a dollop of coconut milk/cream and garnish with coriander and some fresh chillies.
Why not make a large batch and freeze some for evening meals when you need something warm and nourishing but don’t feel like cooking!
Yours in natural health,
Always consult your healthcare professional before commencing a new dietary regime, before using any supplements and before making any changes to prescribed medications.