I made this for lunch today. It was delicious! If you have pain or inflammation you really should give it a go! It has ingredients such as turmeric, cayenne pepper and ginger all known for their anti-inflammatory properties. It doesn’t take long to make and you can easily double the recipe and freeze some for another day! It’s a lovely spring soup, not too heavy but the cayenne pepper makes it warming. You could even serve it cold if you wanted! It is vegan friendly and is safe for people with dairy, gluten and fructose intolerance. Enjoy!
- 300g carrot
- 200g sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon garlic infused olive oil
- 1 tablespoon onion infused olive oil
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp turmeric depending on taste (it has quite a bitter flavour)
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you like it hot!)
- 400 mls coconut milk
- 1 cup water (add more or less depending on desired consistency)
- Dice the sweet potato and carrot into 1 inch cubes.
- Heat the garlic and onion oil in a deep pot or pan and cook the sweet potato and carrot on medium heat until they’re just starting to brown.
- Add all the other ingredients and bring to a soft boil.
- Turn down to a simmer and cover too slowly cook for approximately 10 minutes.
- Using a hand held mixer, puree the soup adding more water until desired consistency is achieved.
- Serve and add himilayan salt to taste.
More about the anti-inflammatory ingredients
Cayenne peppers like all chili peppers contain capsaicinoids which are responsible for their anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for digestive inflammation, arthritis and some forms of headaches. To read more about the properties of cayenne pepper, click here.
Gingerol is the active ingredient of ginger that gives it’s powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Good quality capsules seem to work best in studies but grated ginger is also effective. You can have it in soup like this recipe, brew ginger tea or grate it over salads and other meals to add it to your diet. It’s very effective for stomach complaints and for arthritis and muscle pain to name a few. To read more about the many benefits of ginger click here.
Turmeric is closely related to ginger and when combined with the heat from the cayenne pepper they become a super anti-inflammatory trio! It makes the active ingredient of turmeric called curcumin, more bio-available to the human body. To read more about turmeric click here.
I hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious soup! Let me know of any variations you try!