Ah there is not anything that is more warming on a cold March day then the sweet taste of a creamy coconut curry soup.
Add onions, garlic, broccoli and mushrooms and you have a filling soup that is so good for you that you can kiss any thought of a late winter cold, goodbye.
This recipe is so quick and easy that you will want to stop on the way home from work and grab the few ingredients you will need, if you don’t have them on hand already.
Coconut Curry Soup
1 medium onions diced
3 cloves of garlic chopped
2 T of olive oil
medium head of broccoli, florets removed from the stalks
8 oz of baby bellos, sliced
3 cups of chicken or veggie broth
1 can of coconut milk
2 T sweet curry
In a large saute pan saute onions and garlic in the olive oil.
Cook until gooey and golden, salt and pepper to taste.
Add bellos and broccoli and cook until slightly soften -about 5 minutes.
Add curry and stir.
Add broth and stir.
Cook at a low simmer for 5 minutes.
Add coconut milk and stir, add more salt and pepper to taste.
We love this soup – it is full of flavor and finished in under 20 minutes.
Add a salad and you have a great meal.
So what’s so good about this soup?
Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute. Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in particular, one called lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms. The fatty acids in coconut milk are a natural antiseptic and may help treat dandruff, skin infections, wounds and dry, itchy skin. Furthermore, the high fatty acid content in coconut milk serves as a natural moisturizer for healthy skin and may help repair wrinkles and sagging in aging skin.
Onions and Garlic: Check out my post about Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Chunky Pears to read more about the health benefits of onions and garlic
Broccoli: Broccoli is known for it’s cholesterol-lowering benefits, has a strong impact on our body’s detoxification system, provides a large dose of vitamins D, A and K, it is also rich in flavonoids and is known to reduce inflammation.
Curry: Turmeric, a prime ingredient in curry has incredible health properties. It is well known and highly effective anti-inflammatory, boost your immune system, promotes healthy digestion, fights cancer, Alzheimers, helps burn fat and is know to help reduce the symptoms of allergies.
Mushrooms: These gems have some incredible health properties. they help with weight management, high in vitamin D, promote a healthy immune system, certain types of mushroom are super cancer fighters, and they are an excellent source of antioxidants.
So if you want a quick meal that tastes great, is super simple, pretty darn inexpensive and filled with some heavy duty health benefits cook up a little Curried Coconut Soup.
Enjoy and remember You Deserve to be Healthy!
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