It has been a while since I have got a delicious soup recipe together and I have been itching to share this recipe with you, it is similar to this one but I have added a few extras to make it that much tastier.
A combination of smokey bacon, leeks, celery, green puy lentils which are great for soups as they are really firm and hold their shape, homemade bone broth (find the recipe here) topped with a couple of large handful of fresh kale leaves. A really nutritious and chunky soup that will sort you out this winter.
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is soo easy to throw together and its really nutritiously beneficial for you too. Bacon really lifts soup and just takes it to the next level.
Here is why its good for you:
Lentils are a type of legume or pulse. They are high in protein and low in kJ and fat. They have a high dose of protein, fibre (which is great for our cholesterol and digestion (including constipation), it will also help lower our blood sugar spikes, which can help with diabetes management), iron (a good natural source which can help prevent anaemia) and b-vitamins (the B3 (niacin) will help with our energy levels and B9 (folate) which helps promote healthy blood cells and helps reduce the risk of neural birth defects (source (great book!)). They can cause flatulence and bloating, to over come this issue, start off by soaking them, and properly washing them before you cook them. Secondly, start off with small amounts then slowly increase over time.
Bacon is not the best source of protein you can get, but it is delicious in moderation. I would recommend getting free range/organic nitrate free bacon. However bacon is a full protein, which contain all of the essential amino acids which are necessary for nourishing, replenishing and repairing tissue, skin and muscles.
Celery contains a large amount of fibre, which really aids with digestion and helps you feel fuller quicker due to its bulk in fibre. It is also a good source of potassium which is not only good for helping to maintain fluid balance in your body as well as a steady heart beat. It does this by helping to offset sodium’s effects on blood pressure. Some also say (from this book) that it can help with gout symptoms and oedema (fluid swelling).
Leeks a member to the onion family. Provide many beneficial properties, this book states that leeks can be useful for fighting infection, anaemia and provide anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal actions. They can also help lower blood pressure, due to the sulfur compounds it contains.
Bone broth; did you know that boiling your bones releases gelatin which is a gentle way of helping restore connective tissue within your gut. This gelatin will literally heal and seal your gut aiding with inflammation, allergies and unwanted foods being absorbed into your system. When the carcass is cooked for a long time, the bones, tendons and cartilage breaks down to release glucosamine and other sulphate compounds, which are actually the same compounds in expensive tablets used to treat arthritis and joint pain. This broth is also a great aid to boost your immunity.
Kale is especially nutrient rich, a superb alkalinising green and available most of the year around. Member to the brassica family (same as cabbage). A good source of fibre which is great to help with your digestion and also beta carotene which is the pre-cursor to making vitamin A (for your eyes), C (immunity and healthy cells) in your body.
Hope you enjoy this one it is certainly a good one for you to try.