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Spinach soup to keep the winter warm

img_1839Autumn has started tough in coughing and sneezing. As we did not had a proper cold freezing winter, germs can be stronger.

In my family, we always cure cold with a warm soup, lots of tea with honey, ginger and lemon. I do believe on the virtue of natural therapy, especially if you start at the early stages. Watermelon is another good replacement to drugs. Your body need to cleans and your intestines to cleanup.

We all know the virtues of the chicken soup. let me talk about the spinach soup. In many old civilization, there is spinach soup recipe.

Why Spinach is good you are asking?

Read here from WHFoods Recommendations

Among the World’s Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of our ranking list for nutrient richness. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. Enjoy baby spinach in your favorite salads or make a salad made exclusively of baby spinach.

If you were interested to learn more on the origins of Spinach in Persia, Here is a good read.

One traditional winter Persian soup called ‘Ash’ is made of plenty of spinach and other herbs (parsley, cilantro or corriander, green onions, dill and mint), several beans (chickpeas,/garbanzo, lentills, red or red kidney beans, navy beans or any of your favourite beans) all good in winter. It’s actually a very reach soup. You can use

You can easily adapt the recipe at your taste. I simply fry a little bit some chopped onions, then add my roughly chopped spinach, I love beetroot, turnip, lentills and other peas that need to be soaked over night, if not, I use canned mixed beans. If I have, I add a small piece of beef with bone otherwise for fast result, you can use beef stock. Add water and let it cook slowly. It’s a delight. You can add for more taste some fried onions and dry minth on top before serving.

They are different versions, some with dry plumbs. It can be sweet and sour if this is what you prefer. You can add yogurt or cream just before serving. If you like it more acidy, you can add vinegar.

It will keep you warm, with little calories and a lot of vitamins.

Here is Jamie Oliver’s soup recipie with many good ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 80g spinach
  • 2 medium (about 450g) sweet potatoes
  • 6 large vine tomatoes, (about 300g), roughly chopped
  • 320g red lentils
  • 1 litre organic vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp natural or 0% Greek yoghurt
  • Wholemeal bread, to serve

Enjoy!

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