The transition to autumn has seen many of my typical summer meals fly out of the window to be replaced with hot, flavoursome comfort foods. Soup is my new autumn go-to food and a winning companion for those cosy evenings indoors, watching the windows fog up as it burbles contentedly on the stove top.
Soups can be supercharged with a range of nutrient dense ingredients that will keep your immune system powering through this unusually cool weather and warm your heart with their every mouthful.
All you need to do is settle in and allow this delectable pumpkin and coconut soup to console you after a hard day’s work, or as a quick, satisfying lunch option combined with some toasted Spinach Bread Soldiers.
The creaminess of the coconut milk will whisk your imagination away to a deserted, warm tropical island. Absolute bliss! This recipe also contains some specific ingredients that will get your immune system fired up too:
Did you know that your immune system has a huge connection to your gut health? It is estimated that the gut is responsible for over 80% of your immune system response.
Coconut is a wonderful ingredient to improve the health of your gut and digestive system. Coconut oil has wonderful medicinal qualities to improve your immunity as it has great anti-yeast and anti-viral, anti microbial and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil is also wonderful for the health of intestinal cells and gut flora. Here is some more information about good fats and oils.
Onion and garlic are highly renowned for their immune boosting properties. Onion contains significant amounts of quercetin; responsible for the protection and healing of damaged cells. Garlic promotes the growth of white blood cells, which help to fight germs in your system. Garlic is also a great natural antibiotic that will not harm your digestive system. It is great to take daily in order to prevent the development of harmful infections, viruses, and to ward off parasites.
Ginger is a great remedy to alleviate nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, bloating and morning sickness. It is also a great anti-inflammatory.
This soup is wonderfully tasty and will make you feel all warm and spicy inside, just look outside and see that now is the perfect time to indulge in home cooked comfort food.
It will only take you 20 minutes to pull together, but will keep your immune system happy and healthy in the long term.
Pumpkin and Coconut Soup
1 TBS coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 tsp fresh ginger chopped finely
4 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (yeast and sugar free)
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
In a large saucepan, cook the onion and garlic in coconut oil until translucent
Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine and bring to the boil
Cook on a medium heat for a further 15 minutes then remove and serve piping hot
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Happy Cooking 🙂