Pumpkin, Turmeric and Leek soup

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Nothing warms your belly quite like a big bowl of pumpkin goodness.

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Our version of the typical ‘mums homemade pumpkin soup’ has added immune boosting properties with the addition of turmeric and ginger. Super nourishing and warming on a chilly night. We love to get a little over board with our toppings, adding avocado, wilted kale, cheese,  extra spice, fresh herbs and sometimes some protein like poached chicken. The options are endless!

Like most of our recipes, this soup is easy to throw together – all you need are a few staple spices like turmeric and cumin, herbs like parsley and thyme and veggies.

** Also, the small side bowl in the above image is a sneak peak of our pumpkin and sweet potato curry. The recipe for this little gem will be up on the blog soon!

Ingredients 

– 3/4 of a large butternut pumpkin

– 1 Leek

– 2 small carrots

– 750 ml of water (1 Litre if you want a ‘thinner’ consistency)

Use a homemade vegetable stock if you have that on hand, if not water is fine! (we used water)

– 2 garlic cloves

– 1 small/medium brown onion

– 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger

– 1 tbsp of ground turmeric or grated fresh turmeric root

– 1 tsp of ground cumin

– 1 Bay Leaf

– 1 quarter of a cup of finely chopped fresh herbs (thyme, sage and parsley)

– Half a tsp of cayenne pepper

– Pepper to taste

– Himalayan Salt to taste

Toppings: Avocado, wilted kale, parsley and bocconcini cheese. We also added a ‘Moroccan souk’ spice that we purchased from a spice shop in the city. You can just finish with either dusting some more turmeric or quickly whipping up your own dukkah. 

Method

1. Heat your pot with some coconut oil and start by sautéing your onion, garlic and ginger. Heat till onion browns (be careful not to burn it)

2. Add a dash of water and all your spices and keep sautéing for a couple of minutes to create a paste like consistency.

3. Next add your Leek – sauté for a few minutes before adding your pumpkin and carrots.

4. Cook the veggies in the pot for about 10 minutes, making sure to continue stirring so that the onion doesn’t brown.

5. Add your water, himalayan salt and bay leaf and bring the pot to a boil.

6. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about half an hour (the longer the better).

7. Turn off the heat and blend your mixture with a hand blender.

8. Voila! You have made pumpkin soup, easy hey?

9. Top with your favourites. We mixed through some wilted kale, avocado, bocconcini cheese (we also love haloumi in soup) and parsley

10. EAT

M + S xx

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Autumn Chickpea and Veggie Stew

As mentioned previously in our green soup post, we’ve just entered Autumn. Despite the beautiful colours and cosy evenings, this change in season has left us feeling a little ‘under the weather‘ so to speak. After a long day at uni all we wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a big bowl of warming stew. So guess what, that is exactly what we did. 

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Well, that’s kind of what we did. First we had to get changed out of our uncomfortable uni clothes (hello tight jeans and winter boots), unpack our uni bags (weighing what feels like a small house) and drive to the shops to buy the ingredients……eugh. 

Anyway, once back home, we put together this chickpea and vegetable stew with immune boosting spices to combat this change in season. This recipe is super easy to put together, especially on those ‘I just can’t be bothered cooking anything’ kind of days and it’s extremely nutrient dense which makes it a wonderful nourishing dinner. 

Your house will be filled with a comforting fragrance and your tummies will be filled with an array of nourishing veggies. Need we say more?

Ingredients

– One broccoli head

– 2 carrots

– 1 zucchini

– A bunch of asparagus

– Half a cup of organic frozen peas

– Half a medium sized purple sweet potato

– 1 can of organic, reduced salt* chickpeas

– 2 cans of organic reduced salt* whole tomatoes

– Half a diced brown onion

– 2 garlic cloves (minced)

– 1 small knob of ginger finely sliced

– 2 teaspoons of turmeric

– 1 teaspoon of cumin

– Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper

– 1 Bay leaf

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

– Shredded spinach and kale

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Method

1. Wash and chop all the vegetables into two centimetre pieces

2. In a medium sized pot, heat the coconut oil for a minute or so. Add the onion, garlic and ginger with a dash of water. Stir till the onion browns without it burning.

3. Add a little more water plus all the spices. This should create a paste like consistency

4. Add the vegetables (Except the chickpeas and tomatoes) and mix through with the onion and garlic paste.

5. Once the veggies have tenderised a tad, add the two cans of organic salt reduced tomatoes and bring to the boil.

6. Once boiled, reduce the heat to a simmer and add the chickpeas.

7. Cover the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes.

8. Once cooked, stir through the spinach and kale.

9. Serve either on it’s own or with some steamed brown rice or quinoa.

The loveliest meal filled with immunity boosting properties. Perfect for a cosy autumn evening

M + S xxx

Zucchini & Pea Soup with Poached Chicken and grilled Haloumi

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We have entered autumn. That means, we have entered soup season!

We’ve been feeling a little low and run down due to an overload of uni and part time jobs. So  in an attempt to cure our poor sleep deprived and stressed souls, we decided to make a green soup. We love our greens but aren’t really the types to start the morning with a green smoothie so a green soup works for us perfectly. The generous amount of turmeric and garlic gives this delightful meal an immunity boost – just ready to fight off cold and flu season. The added packed chicken also adds a nice touch of protein and the haloumi just tops it off with that ‘creaminess’ that every soup requires!

Go on, make our green soup! It’s super easy

Ingredients – Serves four as an entree or three as a main. 

– Four large zucchinis

– One small head of broccoli

– 1.5 – 2 cups of frozen organic garden peas

– 1 litre of pure water (or vegetable stock if you have one pre-made)

– Half an onion

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 heaped teaspoons of ground turmeric

– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

– 1 Bay leaf

– 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

– A generous pinch of himalayan salt

– Pepper to taste

– A knob of coconut oil

– 2 organic chicken breasts

– 60 grams of Haloumi

– 4 teaspoons of superfood dukkah

Method

1. Start by preparing all your green vegetables. Thoroughly wash them and dice into 2 cm pieces (the size doesn’t matter all that much as they’ll be blended at the end)

2. Heat the coconut oil in a pot and once hot, stir fry the onion and garlic with a dash of water. Once the onion gathers a bit of colour, add another dash of water plus the turmeric and cumin. Let the spices mix with the onion and garlic. This should start to smell very inviting!

3. Next step, add all your veggies, bay leaf and himalayan salt. Let this green goodness tenderise for a couple of minutes

4. Add your 1 litre of water. Put the lid on and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

5. In the meantime, heat up another pot of water with a pinch of salt and dice your chicken breast into 2-3 cm pieces. When the water has reached boiling, add your chicken and let it boil for about 5-7 minutes.

6. Whilst the chicken is cooking, this should give you enough time to prepare your haloumi. You can either place the haloumi in a fry pan to brown the edges or you can place the cheese until a grill. Up to you! This should only take a few minutes

7. When the chicken is ready, (you still want it to be succulent so check it every couple of minutes) strain it and place to side.

8. Return your attention to the soup. The veggies should be quite tender at this point. Now all you need to do is blend it all up with a blender stick (is that what it’s called…..?)

9. Ladle the soup into four bowls. Next place the haloumi and chicken in the middle. Finish with a generous sprinkle of homemade dukkah and fresh parsley

10. You could also toast a comforting thick slice of dark rye bread with a drizzle of olive oil. Our mum’s wholemeal spelt would also work wonderfully.

10. EAT

We hope you like it! Please let us know on instagram (@thymes.two) what you think and if you have any suggestions!

M +S xx