Now, you might think I sound crazy but this soup is magic. I always eat it at the first signs of a cold, and it seems to stop it in its tracks!
I’m a huge spinach fan.
In the colder Sydney months this soup is perfect with some sourdough bread.
..Plus it’s a great way to get your five a day!
Health Benefits of Spinach
So, you probably know that spinach has a plethora of health benefits, but can you name them?
- One lesser known fact about spinach is that heating it actually gives you MORE nutritional value than eating it raw! This is because the body is able to break it down a lot easier in its cooked form.
- Freezing spinach reduces nutritional value – so one top tip is to always buy it fresh 🙂
- One cup of spinach contains over 337% of your RDA of vitamin A – this not only protects and strengthens “entry points” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, but is also a key component of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) that fight infection, so it’s the perfect immunity booster.
- One cup of spinach has almost 20% of your RDA of dietary fibre. On a diet? Spinach is an excellent food choice as it maintains low blood sugar, helping you to keep your munching down. It’s also supportive of a healthy digestive track and helps prevent constipation.
So, hopefully I’ve now convinced you to make the soup! It’s also super easy, here’s the recipe…
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 500ml vegetable/chicken stock
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 medium potato
- a large handful of spinach
- any other veggies you want to chuck in.
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Cut the potato and sweet potato
- Fry the garlic and the onion with a tablespoon of olive oil for 2 mins
- Add the cumin
- After 1 minute add the stock and bring to the boil
- Add the potatoes (and any other veg – carrots, broccoli…whatever you have at home!) and boil for 20-25 minutes (or until cooked)
- Add the spinach and cook for 5 mins
- After 2 minutes when the spinach has wilted turn off the heat, and blend using hand blender
- Add water if necessary to thin the soup
OPTIONAL: A few drops of echinacea to power up your immune system AND sour cream 🙂 (not to power up your immune system…just to make it creamy!)