It’s mid December! Which means it’s cold outside (cue cosy jumpers, hoodies and scarves), party season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. Plenty to get excited about!
But with that excitement usually comes extra strain on our bodies and minds; lack of sunlight, indulgence in naughty foods and alcohol and excess stress over pulling together the perfect Christmas can all take its toll on us physically.
So if you’re feeling a little under the weather, this nourishing soup is the perfect pick-me-up.
Garlic boasts amazing antibacterial and antiviral properties, while ginger stimulates immune function and helps fight infection, as well as reduces nausea. Together they pack a mighty nutritional punch, and combined with onion (also a natural antiviral decongestant) these benefits are boosted even further.
On top of that, butterbeans are a fabulous source of B-vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, fibre and protein. And along with cashews, which are packed with eye, heart and blood healthy vitamins and minerals, they help give the soup a warming, creamy consistency.
Even more to get excited about, this dish is so easy to make!
1 head of garlic
1 tin butterbeans, rinsed and drained
2 red onions
4-6 inches ginger
3 spring onions (plus extra to garnish)
Handful cashew nuts
1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
Pinch of paprika
500ml vegetable stock
50ml almond milk
Preheat the oven to 200°c.
Drizzle a little olive oil in a baking tray and add the carrot and whole garlic cloves. I left the skin on the garlic for added nutrients, but these can be removed before blending if you prefer.
Coat well in oil, 1/2 tbsp oregano, paprika and a little salt and black pepper, then roast for 20-30 min until soft, shuffling and turning half way.
Meanwhile season the butterbeans with 1 tbsp dried oregano and black pepper. Roughly chop the red onion, ginger and spring onions.
Sautée the red onions and ginger for 3-4 min, then add the butterbeans for another 5 mins. Finally add the spring onions, carrot and garlic for the last 2 min.
Stir in vegetable stock, bring to boil, cover and then reduce to simmer for about 5 mins.
Add to blender (I used an immersion blender) along with almond milk and pulse until soft and creamy.
Serve and garnish with chopped spring onion.
Enjoy, and embrace the healing feeling and delicious flavours, while those antibodies get hard at work fighting your physical corner!