• Apple and Fennel Soup

    Soup Season is officially here! It’s fall in the United States and as the weather starts to get cooler, the idea of curling up with a hot bowl of soup just gets more and more appealing. Good thing we know so many amazing foodies out there who have such delicious plant based recipes for us to try. We love this Apple and Fennel Soup by Lee Holmes and we just know you will too!

    This recipe serves 4. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 brown onion, peeled and diced
    • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 4 small fennel bulbs, with fronds
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
    • 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) good-quality vegetable broth
    • 4 seasonal apples peeled and chopped
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • coconut cream or coconut yoghurt, to serve

    Directions

    Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery and garlic for 3–4 minutes, or until softened.

    Meanwhile, remove the fronds from the fennel and reserve for garnishing. Dice the fennel bulbs and set aside.

    Add the mustard to the pan, stirring well. Stir in the stock, fennel and apple. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

    Cover and cook for 30–35 minutes, or until the fennel is tender.

    Leave to cool slightly, then purée the soup using a food processor or hand-held stick blender. Whisk in the lemon juice, then season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Gently reheat the soup, if needed.

    Ladle into bowls, add a swirl of coconut cream, garnish with the reserved fennel fronds and serve.

    NOTE: I’ve also garnished the soup with slices of dried apple.

    Simply roast some thinly sliced apple pieces in a 160°C (315°F) oven for 15–20 minutes, until dried.

     

    By Lee Holmes

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    Check out Lee’s website superchargedfoods.com

    Lee Holmes, Gut Friendly Food Expert, Super charged foods, recipes, OMstars

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  • ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, FENNEL AND GINGER SOUP

    I’ve created this roasted cauliflower, fennel and ginger soup to provide a super simple, delicious and healthy soup that’s brimming with robust flavours and prebiotic rich vegetables to boost your gut health and immunity this winter. It’s the perfect soup for when you feel a sniffle coming on or you feel like something a little zestier than your run-of-the-mill vegetable soup. But to be totally honest, you don’t need a special occasion to whip up this magic – it’s the kind of soup you could have every single day. It’s my everyday kind of soup.

    What makes this an all-star soup?

    Fennel loves looking after your bones and can even improve your skin health. If you’re feeling a little bit sluggish, it can help aid digestion and improve your mood and that’s always a bonus.

    Ginger is a bit of a zesty character but not one to be missed in this mighty trio! Single-handedly helping to fight off inflammation, whilst ginger can be very zesty, it’ll always be there to pick up the pieces if you’re feeling nauseous or experiencing muscle soreness.

    Finally, cauliflower is the head-honcho in this bowl of goodness. Full of vitamins and minerals to improve your overall health and  high in anti-inflammatory properties to keep you fighting winter bugs all pretty much year long, cauliflower is a long standing ingredient in this soup!

    Add these three together and you’ve got quite the combination.

    Roasted cauliflower, fennel and ginger soup 

    Ingredients:

    • 1 red onion quartered
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • ½ head large cauliflower (cut into florets)
    • 2 fennel bulbs chopped and cored
    • 500 gms stock of choice
    • 3 tbs hummus (optional, I had this in the fridge)
    •  1 TBS Golden Gut Blend   (or use 1 tsp tumeric and pinch cinnamon and black pepper)
    • 1 tsp sage leaves
    • pinch fennel seeds
    • 2 tbs wheat free tamari
    • 2 tbs lemon
    • 1 knob ginger (peeled)

    Method:

    • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
    • On a baking tray place red onion, garlic cloves, cauliflower and the fennel.
    • Bake for 30-35 minutes until crispy.
    • Remove from the oven and place in a blender with remaining ingredients.
    • Blend until creamy.
    • Pour into heavy bottomed saucepan and place on stovetop.
    • Heat through on low to allow flavours to meld.
    • Season to taste.
    • Let cool slightly and serve warm.
    • Decorate with fennel fronds.

    Happy cooking!

    By Lee Holmes

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  • Roasted Delicata Squash Soup

    OmStars – The Yoga Network presents:  Roasted Delicata Squash Soup by Naomi Seifter. If there is one soup recipe you make this winter, let this be it. The coconut milk makes for a creamy and dairy-free base, while the spice mixture creates a unique, yet subtle, flavor profile; the ideal balance of sweet and spicy. Choose a veggie broth to make the soup vegan, gather up your ingedients, and lets get cooking!

    Ingredients

    Produce
    • 3 delicata squash
    • 3 apples
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 1 yellow onion
    • Olive Oil
    • Himalayan Sea Salt
    Liquid
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk
    • 1 cup apple cider
    • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    • 6 cups vegetable stock (See below for optional shiitake mushroom broth* recipe)
    Spices
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne
    • 1/2 tsp ginger
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 4 tsp himalayan sea salt
    • 2 tsp black pepper
    Directions
    1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Cut squash in half and remove the seeds.  Thick slice the delicata squash and large/rough chop apple and onion.  Peel garlic, and lay squash, apple, onion and garlic in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Liberally apply olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in oven to roast for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
    3. When roasting is complete, add produce from your 1st baking sheet to your high-powered blender (Vitamix/Blendtec) with 1/2 of the liquid and 1/2 of the spices (everything except salt and pepper – this will be added at the end). Blend and transfer to a large stock pot.  Repeat the blend process for the second batch of produce, liquid and spices.  Transfer to the same pot.
    4. At this point, soup can either be placed in fridge for later or it can be transferred to the stovetop and heated immediately.  I like to season this soup to taste with salt and pepper when I’m ready to serve it.  As the soup is thick, it can “pop” and make a mess as your heat it up, so it is recommended you use a lid.  An additional note:  If soup is too thick for your liking, feel free to add additional stock.
    5. Enjoy!
    Stock Recipe
    1. To make your own shiitake mushroom broth, add 1 oz. dried shiitake mushrooms to 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 45-60 minutes.  Final yield is about 6 cups of stock.

    By Naomi Seifter