Wednesday, August 15, 2012

orange soup

I am calling this one my 'orange' soup because of the intense rich colour of the ingredients I've used.

Orange foods are high in carotenoids, which have been shown to decrease the risk of cancers, such as; lung, colon, bladder, cervical, breast and skin. Carotenoid consumption also protects against the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts - which is where the old wives tale comes in, that eating carrots will make you see in the dark.
Orange coloured foods help cleanse the body of toxins and stresses. Vitamin C and zinc work together to provide an excellent detoxifying combination helping the body rid itself of heavy metals and other pollutants.

Also high in Vitamins A, C and minerals such as calcium, copper, selenium, zinc - orange foods are a 'must' in your diet.

I made such a large amount of this soup so that I could freeze individual portions to take for lunch at work.

It has been delightfully satisfying and warming over the past week, as we've had a bitter cold snap - I really don't mind, because it means more snow!


(makes 6-8 serves)

2 kg carrots, roughly chopped (skin on)
2 leeks, roughly sliced
2 brown onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2 c pumpkin, cubed (skin off)
1 kumera, roughly chopped (skin on)
1 tsp turmeric, ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp curry powder

2 tblsp creamed coconut

coconut oil and salt to taste

Place all ingredients except for the creamed coconut, in a large heavy based pot.
Add enough water to cover the vegetables by an inch - bring to the boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins until vegetables are soft (ie. you can poke a knife easily through).
Turn off heat and stir through creamed coconut.
When cool enough, transfer contents to a blender and process until smooth (you may need to do this in batches).
Return to pot and reheat, adding salt to taste.
Serve and drizzle with a small amount of coconut oil.

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