Heart warming soup

It was a cold day and I needed soup! I love pumpkin soup and usually make it with pumpkin, sweet potatoes and carrots and put heavy cream in it. This time though, I needed to make a soup that would be vegan as I was doing a cleanse and could not use any dairy products. I also could not use any starchy vegetables so the sweet potato was out (cleanses are a b****!!!).

I decided to give the soup a little Asian twist and this is what came out!

Ingredients:

  • 1 big butternut squash
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 2 onions
  • 1 big red bell pepper
  • 1 orange/yellow bell pepper
  • hefty amounts of fresh parsley, cilantro and dill
  • fresh ginger to taste (optional) – chop coarsely
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 whole chili – chopped or 1 teaspoon of dry chili (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)

To make the soup:

Boil with water and salt. When vegetables are cooked, blend until smooth, add chili,  nutmeg, coconut milk, a few cloves of garlic and Chia seeds. Continue blending until smooth and thick.

Replacements:

  • For a vegetarian dairy version – replace coconut milk with 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of butter
  • If you don’t like chia seeds you can replace them with ground flax seeds.
  • For a non vegetarian version – cut 2 boneless chicken breasts into bite size pieces, saute in a pan with coconut oil (or butter or olive oil) until brown and add to the soup after you blend it.

Elinor Cohen

Elinor Cohen, a.k.a Donut.
I love to cook and bake since I was a child and recently discovered my passion for healthy cooking. I’ll show you that cooking healthy can be fast, easy and delicious!

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