I always like to find new ways to incorporate adaptogens into my daily routine. My two favourite adaptogens that I take almost everyday are Ashwagandha and maca.
If you don't know this already, adaptogens are natural substances (found in some mushrooms and other plants) that fight the stresses on your mind and body, working to return your systems back to ‘normal.' They are stress response modifiers on both ends of the spectrum depending on what you take, to dial down your anxious feelings (Ashwagandha) or boost your energy (Maca). They’ve also been found to help boost your immune system and even improve focus. Usually I get my daily dose of Ashwagandha in by adding it to a smoothie or hot beverage. This time I added it into my soup!
This soup is packed with nourishing warming ingredients like turmeric, ginger, sun-dried tomatoes and the additional goodness of adaptogens.
I added coconut milk and cauliflower for that extra thick and creamy consistency. I also kept it simple with the spices with just cumin, salt and pepper, but if you like you soup with a little heat, add in some chili flakes or cayenne pepper.
This soup is:
This soup is best served with a drizzle of coconut milk, spiraled zucchini, black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, micro greens, coriander, Maldon salt, black pepper and a little squeeze of lemon/lime.
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 brown (yellow) onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. grated ginger
2 carrots, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks with leaves, chopped
½ lemon, juiced
½ head of cauliflower
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
10 rosa tomatoes
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. turmeric powder
3 cups low sodium vegetable broth (1 sachet with 3 cups of water)
½ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp. Ashwagandha
1 tsp. Shatavari
black pepper & sea salt to taste
½ spiralized zucchini
black sesame seeds
slices of lime
In a large pot over a medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil and sauté the onion
Just before translucent add the garlic, ginger, cumin, lemon juice, turmeric, salt, pepper, celery, carrots and bell pepper (sauté for 5 minutes)
Then add in chopped cauliflower head and tomatoes and let it soften a little before adding the broth and turning the heat down to a simmer (add a little water if necessary to prevent it from burning)
Before putting the lid on, add the sun-dried tomatoes, Ashwagandha and Shatavari and give it a good stir. Put the lid on and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes until everything is soft
Pour the soup into the blender*/food processor and process until everything is smooth
Transfer to a bowl and add toppings of choice
*depending on the blender you have, if it can process hot food then you can go ahead and blend it immediately, otherwise let the soup cool before pouring into blender/food processor, and heat up again before serving. Alternatively just use a hand-blender and blend everything in the pot