Super green soup with cashew cream

Happy Monday! 

I have to share with you this wonderful recipe that I found in Optimum Nutrition. Its delightful as well as delicious. This is perfect to get those antioxidants through the fall season and winter months. I know a few of you think green soup, no way, but it’s delicious. 

This is a great recipe by Amelia Freer, nutritional therapist for people like Boy George and Sam Smith. It’s in her amazing recipe book, Cook, Nourish, and Glow. 

  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 handfuls of fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 small bag of baby spinach
  • 1 green chili, chopped to sprinkle on top
  • A small handful of fresh parsley, chopped to serve

For the cashew cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 3/4 water & 1 1/4 cups hot water 
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon

A few hours before making this soup, prepare the cashew cream. Put the cashews into a bowl, pour over the hot water, and leave to soak for atleast 2 hours. Once the cashews are tender, drain and put into food processor, along with 1 1/4 cups fresh water, the garlic, and lemon zest and blitz until completely smooth and creamy . Set aside. 

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a rage saucepan, and sweat the onion until translucent. Add the broccoli and peas to the pan, cook for 5 min, then add the stock. ( the vegetables should be just covered). Bring to the boil. Simmer until the broccoli is tender. ( roughly 4 min). Don’t over cook the vegetables or they will turn a full green. Using a stick blender, start blending the soup , adding a handful of spinach at a time, the spinach will cook as its mixed with the soup. Blend until the soup is smooth and thick, then stir through half the cashew cream. Serve in bowls with a swirl of cashew cream on top and fresh parsley and chili, if using scattered over. Yummy!!!

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Does organic food make a difference? 

Many people these days believe organic food to be healthier for you. An estimated 70 billion has been spent on organic products and the number is growing. 

When it comes to non organic farming, many of the pesticides have been linked to many cancers, and neurodegenerative diseases. Non organic produce has shown to have toxic metals and pesticide residues. This is pesticides you ARE ingesting. 

In a recent study, it has been determined that organic produce had superior nutritional content, and organic tomatoes had shown a 20-30 percent richness in lycopene, and higher levels of antioxidants. When organic strawberries were tested, they had shown a higher nutritional value in terms of antioxidants, and had a richer color than non organic. I’m sure a lot of you are asking yourselves, ” what does organic mean? It really comes down to respecting our environment, and keeping our people healthy. Organic farmers do not use pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones or GMO’s. Your basically paying more for a higher nutrient product that helps in promoting good health. 

As I feel, organic is the ultimate best. There are some foods that you can get by with buying non organic, but there are the ” dirty dozen”, and these foods are best bought organic. 

  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet peppers
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes

These are best bought organic. It doesn’t just stop at fruits and vegetables. Meat should be bought organic . They have higher amounts of linoeic acid and higher omega 3 fatty acids. I know it can be expensive to shop organic, but in the long run , it pays for better health. That’s what we all want correct? 

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