Pumpkin, Butternut, Sweet Potato Soup, with a Coriander and Ginger Coulis (Seasonal Newsletter - Autumn 2015)
Pumpkin, Butternut & Sweet Potato Soup
With Coconut Milk, Ginger and Coriander Coulis
A great winter soup (one of my most favourite original recipes) that is amazingly rich in flavour and heart-warming, while delivering a punch when it comes to nutrient density. A meal in itself, variations are endless: you can add or substitute any ingredients, including other root vegetables, or herbs to make the Coulis, etc. You can also add crunch by sprinkling quickly roasted nuts and seeds.
This recipe contains very high amount of Beta-Carotene, which research suggests is more useful in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and Cancers than supplementation [this can be explained by the synergetic effect of all nutrients present in the food]. (Mayne, ST. 1996; Hennekens, CH. et al. 1996)
Coconut Milk brings texture to the soup, while the Ginger, Garlic and Coriander Coulis brings all the flavours together and attenuates the sweetness of the vegetables, while the heat (from the Ginger and Garlic) warms you up inside. All these ingredients are also well studied for their antimicrobial (and natural Antibiotic – Garlic) properties, perfect to boost the Immune System in preparation for winter.
Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil present in the Coulis, together with the freshly chopped Coriander, add freshness and completes the dish to perfection.
N.B. Want it more creamy, add more Coconut Milk
Mayne, ST. (1996). Beta-carotene, Carotenoids, and disease prevention in humans. The Journal of The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 10 (7), pp. 690–701. Available at: http://www.fasebj.org/content/10/7/690.full.pdf+html
Hennekens, CH. et al. (1996). Lack of Effect of Long-Term Supplementation with Beta Carotene on the Incidence of Malignant Neoplasms and Cardiovascular Disease. The New England Journal of Medicine. 334 (18), pp. 1145–1149. Available at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJM199605023341801.
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