Winter has come; my hands are numb and salads seem less appealing. Soup, however, is never more appealing than in the cold winter months when I crave a comforting bowl of nutritious, delicious goodness.
I love a soup and tend to have one at least once a week. They are so versatile, a great way to use up leftovers, are satisfyingly filling whilst being fairly low in calories and gentle on your digestive system, and they’re the perfect way to get extra vegetables into your diet.
This warming bowl of spiced soup contains 5 fruit and veg, as well as containing blood sugar balancing and anti-inflammatory spices.
For the soup
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ a red onion, diced
1 cup butternut squash, cubed
½ cup sweet potato, cubed
½ an apple, cubed
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch pink salt & black pepper
Coconut oil for the pan
For the chicken
1 defrosted chicken breast
½ tbsp coconut oil
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 200°c (390°f)
- Melt the coconut oil in an oven proof dish. Mix in the turmeric, cumin and cinnamon and massage it into the chicken.
- Leave the chicken on the side whilst you peel and cube the squash, sweet potato and apple, dice the onion and mince the garlic.
- Put the chicken in the oven.
- Place a pan on a med-high heat; add a little oil before adding the onion and garlic.
- Once they have softened a little add the butternut squash and give everything a stir.
- After a couple of minutes add the sweet potato, apple and cinnamon and again give everything a good stir.
- Add the water, reduce the heat and pop on a lid.
- Simmer for around 25 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level; add more water if needed.
- When all the vegetables are soft take them off the heat and season with salt and pepper.
- Take the chicken out the oven. Place it on a chopping board and use a fork to shred it.
- Blend the soup until smooth, pour into a bowl and scatter the chicken on top.
- OPTIONAL: season, sprinkle on cinnamon and pumpkin seeds. Serve with pan fried mushrooms and a slice of homemade bread.
Thanks for reading, see you spoon. x