Happy New Year everyone! A new year is always exciting as they are filled with endless possibilities but ironically January and February are some of the toughest months to get thru. The cold weather and post Christmas blues are enough to put anyone in a bad mood. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help you successfully navigate these dreary few months with ease. My favourite is indulging in good (but clean) food.
Soup is a common food staple especially during the colder months. Growing up, I always considered soup food that you only eat when you are sick. It was not something that I particularly enjoyed, with the exception of a piping hot bowl of hot and sour soup that I loved on the rare occasions that we went out for Chinese food. Over the past few years I have started to incorporate more soup into my diet. I frequently reach for a cup of comforting miso soup whenever I am feeling sick or in need of some comfort food. And when I have more time I enjoy making my own grilled tomato soup or a clean green soup. The fact is though is that I have always enjoyed the side dish that I would eat with the soup more then the soup itself – be it crackers, grilled vegetables, roast chicken or cheese on toast. The moment that the side dish was finished, I would lose interest in finishing my soup. The soup was never the star of the meal.
All of that changed when I made came across a recipe for turmeric soup on Pinterest. I decided to adapt it to suit my tastes and the results were nothing short of amazing (if I do say so myself). I normally have two bowls and seriously contemplate a third when I make this soup. It is hearty, satisfying and delicious – no side dish required. I am finally a soup convert.
The base of this soup is coconut milk, filled with good fats and incredibly filling and satiating I cannot believe I hadn’t thought to use it earlier in any of my previous soups. Turmeric is fabulous for lowering chronic inflammation within the body and adds a beautiful colour to this dish. The original recipe calls for zucchini and I chose to channel my inner Popeye and include spinach as well. I used frozen chopped spinach for this recipe but fresh works just as well. Super simple to make, this soup doesn’t require any complicated ingredients, a lot of skill or effort. It is easy on the digestive system so it won’t leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. Overall this soup make me happy and leaves me feeling comforted and restored – a total winner in my book!
With a few tweaks this can easily become a vegan dish (omit the fish sauce and swap the chicken broth with vegetable broth) and you can always substitue in your favourite veggies to personalize this dish to suit your taste.
1 can of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
1 cup of frozen spinach
2 -3 small to medium size zucchini
1/2 onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 tsp olive oil
2 (heaping) tsp of ground turmeric
2 tsp fish sauce
chilli flakes (optional)
half of a lime
chopped coriander (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a medium size pot over medium to high heat. When the oil is glistening add in the onions stirring occasionally to release the flavours. Cook until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). When the onions are almost cooked thru add in the garlic and stir until the onions and garlic are well combined.
Add in the spinach, zucchini, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and turmeric, mix well. Stir fry the vegetables in the mixture for a couple of minutes. The frozen spinach will not completely thaw at this point but don’t worry, it will continue to cook in the broth.
Add in the coconut milk and chicken stock, stir well and increase the heat so that the soup comes to just a boil. Turn down the heat and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the fish sauce. Pour into bowls and top with a squeeze of lime juice and coriander.
I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS