We’ve handpicked one of our fave recipes from Lorna’s new cookbook, Nourish, The Kumara and Peanut Butter Soup, and we cannot wait for you to give it a try. Now, don’t be alarmed, we get that it may sound a little different, but boy oh boy is it delicious. This recipe is a great option to warm your belly in the Winter time, and just like smoothies, is a great way to get your daily dose of nutrition with an easy digestible soup. Why we simply LOVE these ingredients?
1. Kumara (Sweet Potato)
The champion ingredient of this dish is without a doubt, the humble kumara (or sweet potato for us Aussies). Did you know that sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fibre as other types of potatoes? So ditch the white ones and opt for the reddy-orange we say. These starchy root vegetables are a rich source of vitamin B6, which helps keep the walls of our arteries and blood vessels flexible and healthy, allowing blood to flow freely. This powerhouse is also extremely easy on the eyes, being linked to prevention of vision loss and macular degeneration. So, as you can see, this is an all-rounder in the health stakes.
2. Peanut Butter
One of the most defining flavours in this warming soup is the natural peanut butter. Lorna’s favourite. Packing a whole lotta’ protein, this ingredient is ideal for fuelling the body post-workout assisting the building and repairing of muscles. Not only that, but peanut butter (when you can opt for the most naturalist possible) makes you feel fuller for longer, so get snacking on some PB when those hunger pains strike. This creamy paste is also full o’ fat. But wait… before you go running for the hills, know this: peanut butter contains more unsaturated (healthy) fats than saturated (not so healthy) fats. This means, it’s actually a great source of “healthy fats”. A healthy body needs a good supply of healthy fats and like olive oil and avocado, peanut butter is a friendly fat food. Always try to pick up a jar from your local Health Food store (more so than the Kraft kind you’ll find in the supermarket).
Before you get ready for some soup cookin’, there is just one more magic ingredient we want to dish up: cinnamon. Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte? It’s just one of those spices that tastes amazing. But taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon. Did you know that it regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics? Great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods throughout the day. So now that we’ve told you why this soup is oh-so amazing, nutritionally speaking, it’s time for you to get cooking and slurping! Pop it in a cute mason jar and drink cold when on the go, or curl up on the couch and have it served warm with your favourite book.
Get In My Belly: Kumara and Peanut Butter Soup Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: Serves 2
- 1 tbsp. cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 small brown onion (100g), finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2.5 cm (1-inch) piece fresh ginger (10g), grated
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 small red capsicum (bell pepper) (150g), chopped coarsely
- 500g of Kumara (sweet potato), chopped coarsely
- 1 medium tomato (150g), chopped coarsely
- 1/2 cup (140g) natural peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups (625ml) filtered water or coconut mylk
- 50g green beans, trimmed, halved lengthways
- 1/2 fresh long red chilli, sliced thinly
- 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
- 2 tbsp. roasted unsalted peanuts or cashews
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan; cook onion, garlic and ginger, stirring, until onion softens. Add cinnamon; cook, stirring, 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add capsicum, kumara, tomato, peanut butter and the water, bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until kumara is tender. Cool soup for 10 minutes.
- Blend soup, in batches, until smooth
- Season soup to taste; ladle into serving bowls. Serve topped with beans, chilli, coriander, nuts and lime wedges.
As seen in Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook
Have you tried this recipe yet? If so… what do you think?