Sweet Potato Ginger Soup: A Healthy, Easy and Cheap weekend Supper

This is one of the first healthy soup recipes I ever learned. I first tried it out for my boyfriend at the time and we have since gotten married, so I guess it was also the beginning of me winning his heart through food! Seriously though, it’s simple, easy and delicious. Also helpful for fighting colds and full of great nutrients (see the health benefits of sweet potatoes and ginger below).

Now to confess my cooking style, I’m terrible at following recipes! This will make for sharing recipes quite difficult. So here’s my challenge to you, I’ll do my best to explain how I did it, but feel free to modify as necessary. For example, if you like really thick soup, just add a few more potatoes. Cooking is my art, so like Michael Smith, allow these recipes to be mere guidelines!

What you’ll need:

-Onions: 1-2 big/2-4 small – I used 4 small

-Chicken broth: I tend to boil my chicken and/or chicken bones to make a broth or you could use a carton. I always have an organic carton in my cupboard incase I don’t have homemade chicken broth already made.

-Sweet potatos: 4-8 depending on the size

-Ginger: a good chunk – but it’s as much as you like really!

-Carrots: 2-4 depending on the size. If they’re small organic ones I’d use 4, but the big regular ones would probably be ok with 2.

-Salt and pepper: to taste

Directions:

-Saute your onions with some oil (I use coconut oil)

-Add your chicken broth once the onions are a little soft (after 4-5 minutes)

-Peel your sweet potatoes and carrots (I don’t peel my carrots if they’re organic) and cut them into 1inch cubes. Add to pot.

-Peel and grate your ginger. Add to pot.

-Add salt and pepper.

-Let simmer for around 45-60 minutes.

-Let cool for a bit and then blend either with a hand blender or in a regular blender (I use a hand blender which you could buy for probably $10 and is way easier and less mess!).

Sweet potato soup

Sweet potatos are high in fiber, good for our hearts (because of the B6), rich in beta-carotene (vitamine A), high in vitamine C and E, contains vitamine D, iron and they’re a good source of magnesium, which is a relaxation and anti-stress mineral – Perfect for a Friday night after a long week of work!

10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger (Taken from a FoodMatters blog):

1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.

2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.

4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.

5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!

6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger.

7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.

8. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.

9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!

10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Pss…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)

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