Guest feature: Brooke Hutchinson
A Hearty Homemade Meal that’ll have you Glowing all through Winter!
It’s that time of the year again when the days are colder, it pours more than it rains and you’d rather be wrapped up in a giant fuzzy blanket than go to work! Babes, we UNDERSTAND! Winter isn’t all negatives though! We actually love it because it means we can switch our Summer style for cosy knits and super soft scarves! Even better is that we can start tucking into hearty wholesome food! YUM!
Nothing beats a classic healthy homemade recipe!! If your stuck thinking of one yourself, we’ve got the perfect soup to ease you into Winter this year.
We want to keep your skin in tip-top shape all year round, so we thought we’d do you a favor and put together a taste-tastic recipe loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients. Dry skin is never in; a few servings of this soup will have you feeling super satisfied on the inside while looking radiant on the outside!
In case you think this is all too good to be true, here’s a breakdown of all the goodies this Super Soup contains!
Ingredients & their Skin-Nourishing Qualities
- Sweet potatoes: gives skin healthy glow, protects from damage, locks in moisture
- Vitamin A: helps renew skin after damage & decrease skin dryness
- Vitamin C: fights off winter colds (busy babes don't have time to feel down in the dumps!)
- Carrots: boosts skin elasticity, assists with collagen production & ensures skin remains firm
- Vitamin C: helps with collagen production in the skin, which increases your skin's elasticity
- Vitamin A: fights off free radicals, helps even out skin tone & prevents wrinkles
- Dark Leafy Greens (like Spinach!): supports skin health, boosts immunity, aids damaged, anti-inflammatory properties
- Vitamin B: protects from UV & delays premature ageing
- Antioxidants: fights off free radicals which helps maintain skin's youthfulness
- Folate & Vitamin K: clear skin by minimising acne and dark circles, in turn improving complexion whilst reducing the itchiness of dry, sensitive skin
- Tomatoes: reduces wrinkles, rejuvenates skin; helps with hydration
Key nutrient/s= high in lycopene, an antioxidant that makes skin feel fresh and has anti-ageing properties.
Canned & cooked tomatoes have more nutrients than the fresh variety! We absorb more lycopene when the tomatoes have been cooked!
Recipe: Super Skin-Saving Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed (& peel if you’d prefer)
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed & chopped
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups organic vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 2-3 fresh tomatoes, chopped (OR one can of crushed tomatoes)
- 1 ½ cups rinsed lentils (we used the red variety)
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1 lemon zest and juice
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. After a few minutes add the onion, carrot, and sweet potato and cook for about 5 minutes. The onion should look translucent.
- To this add the garlic, grated ginger, cumin, turmeric, paprika, onion powder and season. Keep stirring to coat all the veg with the spices.
- Allow this to cook for 2 minutes until it’s super fragrant. Add the veggie stock, water, tomatoes, and lentils. Stir until it comes to a boil. Turn the heat down before leaving it to simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Have a taste and add more salt if necessary.
If you like a chunky soup, leave it as it is! BUT for a creamier texture, puree half the soup. Either way, it’s DELICIOUS!
Add a handful of spinach and let it wilt. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top and a bit of zest if you like! If you’re making this ahead of time, leave the spinach and lemon out: add them when you’re ready to eat the soup.
You can eat it as it is! But what’s soup without a slice of toast? We suggest heating up a piece of wholemeal multigrain sourdough with a bit of goats cheese spread on top: the epitome of a heavenly meal!
The best part is that you can leave the leftovers in the fridge the whole week and it’ll only.taste.BETTER! If you can’t get through all of this glorious soup in one week, distribute it amongst a few lunch containers and store it in the freezer. Say ‘Good Riddance’ to lack-luster lunches, babes!