So, if eating certain types of food can lead to diabetes, heart disease,cancer, premature aging and digestive issues, why can’t we choose foods that will help protect us from these same diseases?
It is not just the absence of bad food that is good for us but the addition of good food.
I believe that good health is promoted by consuming foods that are know to have a strong affect on boosting the immune system, keeping the digestive systems functioning efficiently and therefore boosting the immune system and keep the neurological systems working without issue.
This issue’s recipe is filled with health boosting ingredients, so much so I can’t even begin to classify this as a promoter of good health in any one area – consider it an great dish to eat no matter what issue you are working on.
Creamy Coconut, Butternut Squash and Chunky Pear Soup
1 medium butternut squash
2 T of olive oil
1 T Penzeys, Tuscan Sunset or other Italian herb blend
1 medium onion, coursely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, coursely chopped
2 T coconut oil
1 C veggie broth
1 T Chinese spice
1 – 12 oz can of coconut milk.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut off top of squash, cut length-wise and then scoop out seeds with spoon.
Take cookie sheet and pour the olive oil onto pan and spread around, sprinkle with Italian seasonings.
Put squash on sheet, cut side down.
Bake in over for 30 minutes or until a fork is easily inserted into the squash.
Remove from oven, flip squash and cool.
Once cool enough to scoop out squash, clean flesh off skin and place in a bowl.
Put coconut oil in a sauce pan and turn to medium-low heat.
Add onions and garlic and sautee until brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place squash and all the goey olive oil and spices from the cookie sheet into the pot, stir.
Add 1 cup veggie broth and cover for 10-15 minutes.
Add chinese spice or 1/4 t each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves stir.
Using an immersion blender, I puree the soup at this time – you can use a potato masher, blender or just leave it a bit chunky.
Add can of coconut milk, stir and cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes.
Peel pears and dice into large chunks.
Add to soup and heat until pears are warm.
Pour into bowls and enjoy.
You can make large batches of this soup and add the pears just before serving or for a more smooth soup you can blend the pears and add as sauce or add apple sauce.
The taste of the squash, sweet creaminess of the coconut milk and the sweet softness of the pears is out of this world!
So what does this food do for you?
Squash:These hearty vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins A,B1,C,E, calcium, folate, carotenoids, magnesium, potassium, iron and copper. This all around good guy promotes digestive health, helps fight cancer, boost your immune systems and neurological well-being. It is easy to find, reasonably priced and can be used in so many ways in so many recipes it should be a staple in your kitchen.
Onions and Garlic: These two have been know to promote good health from ancient times. Onions have been shown to reduce the incidents of blood clots that lead to strokes, lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure. Onion juice is know to reduce the affects of allergies and bronchial asthma. They break up mucus and have a real helping affect on colds and sinus congestion. They are also know to help prevent cancer. Garlic has allium, known as an antibiotic, and intestinal antispasmodic, a decongestant and much more. It also lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Garlic stimulates the immune system, detoxifies the effects of chemicals in our environment and is considered a strong preventative measure against cancer.
Coconut Oil: Promotes healthy hair, skin and nails, it contains a saturated fat that actual increase good cholesterol (HDL) and promotes heart health by protecting the arteries from damage, it promotes weight-loss, boost your memory and immune system. The uses and benefits of coconut oil are becoming more and more well-known. It is an incredibly beneficial oil.
Add to this list the benefits of olive oil, warming spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and you have an incredibly health promoting soup.
I hope that you enjoy this recipe I know you body will love you for eating it!
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You Deserve to be Healthy!