I know what you are thinking, why add the mandarin? sweet potato and carrot are just fine! But you have to trust me, the mandarin adds depth, citrus sweetness and a slight caramelised flavour which contrast well with the carrot and potato, this soup has been kicked up a notch.
Combine this with some homemade bone broth, delicious all-in-one spices from Souk Spice (you can buy here), a grate of fresh turmeric and you have yourself an immune boosting soulful soup which is great to ward of any niggly colds or flu.
Why is it good for you:
Sweet potato is a good source of fibre, the goodies lie close to the skin, so an organic variety is probably best or get yourself some good veggie wash or apple cider vinegar to help remove the pesticides. It is full of vitamin c and b6, stuffed with beta-carotene (the active ingredient) which is a good anti-inflammatory for your body.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene too and also vitamin A (good for your eye health) and an antioxidant which helps mop up oxidising free radicals in the body.
Mandarin is a great source of vitamin c, they are also very in season in these cooler months and you will be able to pick yourself up a juicy pack from your local farmers markets for a reasonable price.
Turmeric is the “DB’s”! of spices, its active ingredient is curcumin (activated by a pinch of pepper) has a list of benefits from anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a blood purifier. It helps us digest food by aiding the pancreas to release pancreatic lipase (digestive enzyme).
Bone broth provides a whole series of benefits, 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. So get boiling your bones…it will also help heal your gut (which can aid with intolerances) and boost your immunity.
Enjoy this simple soup, I just love it. If you are after more soup inspiration why don’t you head across and buy my soup ebook, available here. Or even better sign up to my weekly recipe newsletter and get it for FREE.