Homemade Tomato-Turmeric Soup
Yesterday we celebrated the first day of Autumn! What better way to kickstart the chilly season than with a bowl of home-made soup? Consisting of antioxidant-rich tomatoes and immune-boosting turmeric, it's the perfect pick-me-up as the days get shorter and the air gets cooler.
Creates 4 bowls/servings of soup
- 3/4 cup of sliced cherry tomato halves
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of vegetable stock (preferably low-sodium)
- 1 minced onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons of Moringa Source Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Moringa Source Coconut Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil, a few fresh basil leaves for garnish
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- Grated Parmesan (Used as garnish. Amount depends on taste preference.)
- Ground black pepper (Used to improve bioavailability of the turmeric. Amount depends on taste preference.)
- Fry your minced onion, garlic cloves, and coconut oil in a saucepan on medium heat for about 1 minute
- Add in your Turmeric powder and cherry tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft
- Add canned tomatoes (do not drain), vegetabe stock, apple cider vinegar, and basil. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and let simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Blend your soup using a mixer until it becomes creamy
- Add your desired amount of ground black pepper
- Once in your bowls, garnish each soup with a bit of Parmesan cheese and some fresh basil leaves! Enjoy!
Turmeric, most commonly known for its bright yellow color, is a plant that has been used in Chinese and Indian culture for centuries in both medicinal and culinary practices. It is a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic, due to its high curcumin content.
Curcumin is a component which works to fight inflammation and protect cells by inhibiting oxidation. To break it down into simpler terms, curcumin stops harmful chemical reactions from taking place, preventing cell damage. Scientific research has found that turmeric may work to assist in preventing cancer.
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are what make turmeric a powerful aid to problems such as arthritis, heartburn, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease, high cholesterol, fatigue, stomach ulcers, jaundice, gall bladder disorders, appetite loss, bypass surgery, and irritable bowel syndrome. The curcumin in turmeric also works to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels by improving the function of insulin-producing cells, helping those who suffer from diabetes.
Curcumin is believed to boost cognitive function because it binds to abnormal proteins and dissolves them, making turmeric a powerful aid in protecting brain cells. It also optimizes liver function, resulting in detoxification of the body and clear skin. .
It has been found that turmeric possesses the ability to lower blood cholesterol and promote weight loss. Due to the thermogenic effect it has on the body, turmeric mayincrease metabolism, leading to gradual weight loss. Additionally, it helps to neutralize "free radicals" - harmful chemicals known to cause inflammation and joint damage - and provide relief to those suffering from arthritis.
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Tomatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, and are loaded with Vitamins B6, A, C, K, and minerals such as folate, thiamine, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, biotin, molybdenum, niacin, calcium, and chromium. Because they have such a great amount of vitamins and minerals, tomatoes are especially good for stomach health, reducing cholesterol, and reducing blood pressure.
The Vitamin A in tomatoes is very beneficial to eyesight and overall eye health, while calcium and Vitamin K help to strengthen bones. Their rich potassium content aids in heart, brain, kidney, and overall organ system health.
Tomatoes are high in antioxidants such as lycopene, which works to defend our cells against cancer-causing free radicals. Their high antioxidant content are what make tomatoes powerful in preventing and fighting various types of cancer such as prostate, breast, and even lung cancer.