There is nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day. Most Vancouverites, including myself, are babies when the temperature falls below zero. So when it was cold and wet last week I made this soup and it hit the spot. Ok, enough about the weather. This soup is hearty, delicious, satisfying and perfect on a cold or dreary rainy day, oops I did again.
This soup is perfect from a dietitian’s point of view. Carrots and butternut squash are packed with beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant which plays a protective role against certain cancers and heart disease. Beta Carotene is fat soluble, and needs some heart healthy fats such as olive oil for absorption. Furthermore, beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A which plays a role in immunity and night vision.Kale, like other green leafy vegetable, is packed with Vitamins A, C, & K as well as phytochemicals, luetin and zeaxanthin. Eating leafy greens daily, like kale, may reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
I made it on my meal planning/ prep day and it lasted all week. This hearty vegetable soup is loaded with vegetables. I added grass fed turkey sausage I bought from the farmers market for my carnivore loving husband. I love farmer’s markets, they make for a great outing and you get to see all the fresh vegetables in season and is my absolute FAVORITE place to buy food. If you are of the vegetarian persuasion feel free to replace the sausage with chickpeas. Also if you have small children that aren’t into spicy food, reduce by half or leave it out completely. You can always add a bit of the cayenne and/or red chili flakes to your own bowl after to give it a kick.
Finally, if you have been over indulging this holiday season and need a recipe to motivate you to make healthy choices, this hearty vegetable soup will do the job.