Sweet Potato, Spinach and Lentil Soup with Cashew nuts

My Home-made soup to help heal and soothe a poorly tummy and gut

Last week was show week at Laine Theatre Arts, which also meant numerous trips to Costa Coffee and the sweet shop for an afternoon energy boost, then whether spoons later that evening for a post bowl of chips and a glass of wine. Safe to say, since then I have been feeling the side effects. My energy levels, digestive system, skin.. you name it, it’s caught up with me! (7 days worth of stage makeup didn’t help either) hello spots! *cries*

This being the case, I have devised a recipe full of all the necessary ingredients to give my body the chance to detox and heal. As a sufferer of IBS, my poor tummy has been in knots, so implementing root vegetables alongside taking an effective probiotic should soon soothe the pain in no time!

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The Ingredients!

  • 200 g lentils – These contain heaps of great vitamins needed for the bodies healing process. They’re packed full of folate, protein, fibre, manganese, iron, vitamin B1, B6, Zinc and potassium! The insoluble fibre within IBS helps prevent IBS and the discomfort that comes with it, which is especially important for me as I struggle implementing fibre into my gluten-free diet!
  • 1 avocado – Avo’s are packed full of antioxidants and are rich in Vitamins A, C and E, whilst also brilliantly being a strong anti-inflammatory – perfect for avoiding bloat!
  • 1 large sweet potato – These carbohydrates are fantastic sources of fibre, pottasium and manganese, which also serve’s as an anti-inflammatory! Also contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3 and B6
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach – A popular super-food, and for good reason. Spinach is rich in Chlorophyll and will give your soup that nice green colour! Again, a strong anti-inflammatory and contains high sources of vitamin K and omega 3.
  • 3 carrots – Brilliant for gut health due to their high content of vitamin A, C, E and fibre.
  • 1 red bell peppers – The red pepper in particular has the highest amount of vitamin C, which is perfect to fight against disease due to it boosting the immune system. Great for when you’re run down! They also have several phytochemicals and carotenoids which lavish the body with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits
  • Chopped dill 2 tbsp – Supports digestion by stimulating the digestive juices within the stomach. Research has also shown that it reduces the free radicals in the body
  • 1 handful of cashews (roughly chopped) – High in phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and magnesium, they support heart and bone strength!
  • 4 cloves of garlic – Potent but antibacterial, antiviral and an anti-inflammatory.
  • 1 brown onion – The phytochemicals in onions along with their vitamin C help to improve immunity… and mainly it’s in here because it makes it taste really good.
  • vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil – Only used for frying in this recipe so the benefits aren’t necessarily ingested. Read up on coconut oil here

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Instructions:

  • Prepare the lentils! These take the longest! Weight 200g of dried lentils (which ever colour you prefer) add to a pan and cover with hot water. Leave to simmer for about 15 – 20 mins. Top up with water along the way.
  • Roughly chop the onions and the garlic without crying. Fry in a pan with 1 tbsp of coconut oil until lightly brown.
  • Whilst those are browning, roughly chop the sweet potato and the carrots and throw into the pan with the onions and garlic. Make sure the whole lot is covered in the oil. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After the veggies have warmed, add the lentils and simmer for a further 5 minutes
  • Transfer the contents of the pan to a food processor, whilst also adding the avocado, chopped pepper, finely diced cashew nuts, spinach and dill!
  • Add water for desired consistency
  • Serve with sprigs of dill and sprinkle a few cashew nuts on top!

And there you have it, a delicious and nutritious meal, that also looks hella fancy!

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