Last week saw the start of a new soup section on a Wee Pinch of Sugar, aimed at bringing lots of healthy ideas for a range of seasonal soups. With the stormy winter weather battering us this week, we all need a bit of extra heat and comfort, so a pot of hearty and warming soup with a few added spices, is just what the doctor ordered.
I’ve chosen my spicy lentil soup this week and with ingredients like fresh ginger, cumin and coriander it’s guaranteed to warm you up. If you fancy some extra heat, do what my boys do and add chopped fresh chilli or a sprinkling of chilli flakes to serve.
There are a lot of health benefits in this soup, lentils are a good source of protein and with the addition of the spices and the vegetables, I’d say it’s definitely a bowl of magic medicine. Firstly, ginger, good for the circulation and digestion, along with garlic for it’s anti bacterial and anti fungal qualities. Cumin and coriander, described by my friend Yasmin at Scotia Spice as being the ying and yang of spices. Used together they are calming, bring balance and are also good for the digestion. The vegetables of course add the body to the soup and bring their own health benefits. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and celery, vitamin C and a gentle diuretic. Why not cook up a pot of this to warm the family up this week.
I’ll be checking out this weeks veg bag to see what seasonal vegetables will be making the next hearty winter soup.