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.

 

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