Immune Boosting Sweet Potato & Turmeric Soup

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Get out of your comfort zone. Open yourself up to new things. And dive into life before it gets away from you. When we were trying to find ways to reduce inflammation in our bodies this is exactly what we needed to do. We needed to put aside the way we were used to looking at our health (more specifically our eating) and allow ourselves to try new things. But why do I care so much about reducing inflammation? Quite simply, inflammation in the body causes pain and disease. So, as one way to prevent this we introduced turmeric into our diet.

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Turmeric is a spice (usually from India) used in many ways such as cooking, dying of clothes (it stains really well folks, my counter tops can tell you) and in the treatment of disease. You can read more about turmeric here. It has a very earthy flavour to it and can seem overpowering at first. As I’ve discovered, you can use it in both savory and sweet dishes. We have found it to reduce our joint pain significantly which is helpful every day, when we are feeling a cold coming on or even before/after a workout to reduce muscle ache. It can take a bit to get used to but I’ve noticed the benefits in my body (especially in the reduction of aches) so it is worth it. I look forward to sharing more of my recipes that feature this spice very soon. They are yummy so trust me, get out of your comfort zone and try them! You might just be surprised at yourself. Liking new things and all ;)

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This soup is a nice alternative to my Butternut Squash & Fennel Soup. I love soups with this texture because they stick to your ribs but are smooth going down. Boy, I hope that didn’t come out the wrong way. Anyways, this is perfect for the cold winter we’ve had and takes about 30mins to make – perfect and easy for a quick homemade lunch.  Remember, you can always freeze any leftovers so you have good food ready and convenient at your finger tips!

Immune Boosting Sweet Potato & Turmeric Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 medium onion, cubed
  • 1 medium apple, peeled & cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-8 large cloves of garlic (about half a head), peeled
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • 4 cups high quality broth
  • 8-10 cups of water
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot on medium high heat, place olive oil, apples & onions in. Allow the apples an onions to caramelize, about 5 mins.
  2. Add sweet potatoes and cook until softened.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except the sea salt and pepper and allow veggies to simmer in the hot water for about 15mins.
  4. Remove from heat. Carefully purée the soup by using a hand blender or a high-powered blender. Be careful not to burn yourself if transferring to a blender, working in batches if necessary. Add sea salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

 

Thai Burger with Spicy Slaw & Cool Sweet Lime Sauce

I can’t believe this. I threw the kitchen sink in the food processor and look what came out!?!?!

Thai Burger with Spicy Slaw & Cool Sweet Lime Sauce

A Thai Burger. What!? I couldn’t believe how this just came together. I rushed home with my soon-to-be three-year old (what!?!), Little Q, and had NO idea what the hell I was going to make for dinner.  I looked in the fridge and found some week old herbs, veggies that needed to be used and some Greek yogurt. With my husband away at work for the evening, I knew I could get away with vegetarian for dinner with little, to no complaints.

Thai Burger with Spicy Slaw & Cool Sweet Lime Sauce

But what about the pantry? I needed a protein source. Thank goodness I stocked up on some organic canned chickpeas when they were on sale at the grocery store. BOOM! This burger was born. Kids love burgers and things they can dip their food into. So why not throw some ingredients you may use in a stir fry, into a food processor, make them into a patty and call it a day!

Spicy Slaw

Cool Sweet Lime Sauce

While you are in the kitchen, why not get the little ones to help? Food processors or blenders are a ton of fun for kids – just remember to unplug the appliance when you are not right there beside your child or something crazy like dark red kale smoothie may end up all over your white cupboards…just saying, they are good with buttons…

Thai Burger with Spicy Slaw & Cool Sweet Lime Sauce

You’ll probably want to hold back on the spicy slaw for the kids but your metabolism will love you for it. Burn baby burn disco inferno…burn baby burn…wah wah…sorry, just went off singing out loud while I was in a room by myself.

I put this in the oven along with some frozen sweet potato fries and voilà, done at the same time, ready to eat an easy meal with my son! Ahhhhh, I love it when dinner comes together so easy *sigh*.

These would be great as a small appy at a party (maybe this memorial day weekend for my U.S. readers?) as it packs lots of flavour and I’m sure tastes great with a light, cold beer…gawd I can’t wait to have a beer again…Happy weekend everyone!

Thai Burger with Spicy Slaw & Cool Sweet Lime Sauce

Thai Burger with Spicy Slaw & Cool Sweet Lime Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • BURGER
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, shredded
  • 1 small onion, shredded
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 - 15oz can of no salt added chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 leaf of fresh basil
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • shake of black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • juice from half a lemon
  • ¼ cup gluten-free oats
  • SPICY SLAW
  • ¼ of a purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp of hot chili peppers (or less depending on how hot you want it)
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • shake of black pepper
  • pinch of sea salt
  • COOL SWEET LIME SAUCE
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt)
  • Juice from 1 whole lime
  • 1 inch of English cucumber, shredded small
  • ¼ tsp coconut sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. BURGER
  2. Shred carrot and onion in food processor. Set aside in separate bowl.
  3. Place garlic, chickpeas, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, basil, ginger, cumin, nutmeg, salt, pepper in food processor and blend. Stop part way through and add carrots, onion & lemon juice. Add oatmeal. Pulse until it is mixed well.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with olive oil.
  5. Take burger dough in hands and form into patties. Should make about 6.
  6. Bake in oven for 10-15mins on each side.
  7. SPICY SLAW
  8. Place cabbage, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, hot chili peppers, sesame seeds, pepper & sea salt into small bowl. Mix well until cabbage softens up a bit. Set aside until ready to dress burger.
  9. COOL SWEET LIME SAUCE
  10. In small bowl, place yogurt, juice of lime, English cucumber, coconut sugar and sea salt and mix together.
  11. ASSEMBLE BURGER
  12. Place a couple of slices of red pepper on top of burger, stack spicy slaw, drizzle with cool sweet lime sauce & add a little more fresh cilantro. Enjoy on a gluten-free bun or a lettuce substitute like pictured.